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4 Best Prop Bets for 2019 NCAAM National Championship

By Ian McCafferty
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The 2019 March Madness finale is finally upon us, as the No. 3 Texas Tech Red Raiders take on the No. 1 Virginia Cavaliers in the championship game Monday night. These two ferocious defenses face off in what is likely to be a close, low-scoring affair.

The Cavaliers are currently 1.5-point favorites, according to FanDuel Sportsbook, and the total is 118, which the lowest for a championship game in nearly 15 years. However, like any other big game, there are some intriguing prop bets worth taking a look at before the game tips off at 9:20 p.m. EST. Here are the four best prop bets for Monday Night's National Championship Game.

1. Ty Jerome Total Points: Over 13.5 (-120)

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Jerome is one of the veteran leaders on this Virginia team and arguably their best player. In UVA's matchup with Auburn in the Final Four, Jerome put up 21 points, nine rebounds and six assists. While he wasn't the clutch hero that Kyle Guy proved in the final 15 seconds of that game, Jerome was a huge reason Virginia was even in that position. Jerome's averaging 16.6 points per game (PPG) in the NCAA Tournament, and he has 20 or more points in each of UVA's last two miraculous wins.

2. First Basket: Jarrett Culver (+500)

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It's tough to predict which player will score first in any basketball game, but Texas Tech has has scored first in four of its five games in this year's tournament. Meanwhile, UVA has only scored first in two of its five tournament games. And if Texas Tech proves the first team to put points on the board in this matchup, it wouldn't be the worst idea to go with the Red Raiders' best player in Jarrett Culver to do so.

3. Jarrett Culver Total Points: Under 17.5 (-130)

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Culver is Texas Tech's star player, but he's also playing into a very tough Virginia defense. In the Cavaliers' matchup with the Tigers, UVA held Auburn's two leading scorers in Bryce Brown and Jared Harper to 12 and 11 points, respectively, so 18 points is a big ask here. Culver also scored only 10 points on 3-of-12 shooting in Texas Tech's Final Four game against Michigan State.

4. Matt Mooney to Score 15+ Points & Texas Tech to Win (+300)

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Similar to its last game against Michigan State, Texas Tech will likely have to rely on some of its other scorers to propel itself to victory. Matt Mooney had four 3-pointers and 22 points against the Spartans, and he could be Texas Tech's secret weapon for breaking Virginia's defense. With much of the focus on Culver, there should be opportunities on the perimeter for Mooney. And as long as Mooney is hitting his shots from deep, the Red Raiders have a strong chance of taking home the National Championship.

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Ian McCafferty is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Ian McCafferty also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username itmccaff. While the strategies and player selections recommended in his articles are his personal views, he may deploy different strategies and player selections when entering contests with his personal account. The views expressed in their articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.