With the Eastern Conference finals getting underway this evening and the Western Conference finals heading to Game 3 following two victories by the Golden State Warriors, NBA basketball bettors need to know that there’s money to be made by betting on the value-packed player props odds surrounding both conference finals matchups.
Even better still, the expert NBA betting advice you’re about to get will guide you to where you should place your postseason basketball betting bucks. Let’s get started with the Eastern Conference finals matchup between the Cleveland Cavaliers and Boston Celtics.
Here’s A Closer Look At The Top NBA Betting Props For The Conference Finals Round
When Will Series Finish
Game 4 +250
Game 5 +180
Game 6 +160
Game 7 +300
Analysis: The Cavaliers may have swept both Indiana and Toronto in their two playoff series this postseason, but it goes without saying that the Cavs are not sweeping Isaiah Thomas and a Celtics team that has home-court advantage in the Eastern Conference Finals.
If the Cavs do advance to the finals, it won’t be in less than five games and more likely, six – or possibly even seven games if Boston really ‘brings it.’ However, in the end, I’m going with this series to end in six games and you should too.
Exact Series Result
Cavaliers Wins 4-2 +200
Cavaliers Wins 4-3 +500
Celtics Wins 4-2 +1600
Celtics Wins 4-3 +750
Analysis: Well, since I’ve already picked the East finals to end in six games, I guess I should advise you to back LeBron James and the Cavs to get it done, mostly because they have two legitimate superstars in James and Kyrie Irving to Boston’s one in Thomas.
The feisty C’s certainly won’t roll over easily and they’re not ‘afraid’ of LeBron James in the slightest, but Cleveland took three of four against Boston in the regular season and have kicked it up to another level since the postseason began. Cleveland has a big edge in postseason experience and they can win on the road almost as well as at home. As much as it pains me to say it, the Cavs will win and advance in six!
Average Points This Series — LeBron James 30.5
Analysis: James has been phenomenal this postseason and absolutely torched Toronto by scoring at least 35 point in all four games of their sweep after scoring 32 points or more in three of four against Indiana in the previous round.
James topped the 30-point plateau against Boston twice in their four regular season meetings while averaging a robust 29.5 points per game. Still, James is the first player in league to score at least 275 points with 70 rebounds and 50 assists in his team’s first eight playoff games and that leads me to believe he’ll narrowly top this Over/Under props total, but just barely.
Pick: Over 30.5 Points Per Game
Average Points This Series — Isaiah Thomas 28.5
Analysis: Isaiah Thomas topped the 30-point plateau three times in four games against the Cavs, but I’m thinking the biggest little man in the game today will average just under his Over/Under total here mostly because Boston is getting some more significant contributions from other players, most notably, Avery Bradley, Jae Crowder and Kelly Olynyk.
While Thomas scored 33 points against Washington in Game 1 and an inspiring 53 points in Game 2, he was held under 30 points in each of the five ensuing contests, though he did score 27 points in Game 6 and 29 points in Boston’s Game 7 closeout win. Thomas should have hi way against Cleveland’s Kyrie Irving, who is not an elite defender, but I’m thinking Avery Bradley will also have a good scoring series and that alone should keep Mr. ‘I.T. Time’ just under 28.5 points per game.
Warriors vs. Spurs Series Outcome
Golden State in 4 +350
Golden State in 5 +175
Golden State in 6 +450
Analysis: Last but not least, with the Golden State Warriors up 2-0 on the San Antonio Spurs in the Western Conference Finals and Kawhi Leonard clearly not healthy as he nurses a balky ankle injury, the only question surrounding this matchup is how many games the Dubs will need to finish off the Spurs.
San Antonio is too well-coached and too prideful to go out against Golden State in four games, but they’re also struggling with Leonard hurting and LaMarcus Aldridge looking and playing nothing like a max contract superstar. I’d like to say the Spurs can take two games off of Steph Curry and company, but right now, it’s looking like this series will be over in five!
Pick: 5 Games