3 Best Prop Bets for Celtics vs Heat NBA Playoffs Game 3 on May 21 (Jimmy Butler Stays Disruptive on Defense)
By Larry Rupp
Sunday's NBA Playoffs slate features a Game 3 showdown between the Boston Celtics and Miami Heat in the Eastern Conference Finals. Miami pulled off yet another upset in Game 2 as it emerged victorious by a score of 111-105. Bam Adebayo dominated down low with 22 points & 17 rebounds.
Here are three of the best prop bets for Celtics-Heat Game 3, courtesy of FanDuel Sportsbook.
Celtics vs Heat Game 3 Player Props
1. Jimmy Butler - Steals: Over 1.5 (-150)
Jimmy Butler's ability to take over in the fourth quarter with clutch buckets obviously sticks out in this series so far, but don't overlook what he is doing on the defensive end of the floor. The 33-year-old tallied a whopping 6 steals in Game 1 before logging 3 steals in Game 2. Butler has now posted at least 2 steals in nine of his 12 postseason games played. His quick hands and aggressive nature ultaimtely cause Boston's guards to be careless with the basketball, resulting in mistakes. Bettors willing to take on -150 juiced odds should not hesitate here, but those unwilling to can shift gears to 3+ steals at +210 odds.
2. Al Horford - Made Threes: Under 1.5 (-118)
It's gotten to the point that Al Horford is only in the game to defend the rim and grab rebounds. He has not been a scoring threat in any way whatsoever over the last five contests, averaging only 3.4 points per game during that span. The veteran forward is also shooting a dismal 13.6% from three-point range in that stretch (3-of-22). He has failed to sink more than a single shot from beyond the arc in four of those five games and is still facing a Miami defense that ranks first among teams still vying for a title in opponent three-point percentage during the playoffs (33.5%). Keep fading Horford.
3. Max Strus - Points: Over 11.5 (-120)
Miami is a team that has leaned on its depth to keep winning playoff games and that shouldn't change on Monday night. Max Strus has started each of the first two games of this series, putting up 15 points in Game 1 and 11 points in Game 2. His performance in Game 2 seems like an outlier, though, considering he had logged at least 12 points in six straight games prior to Friday night. Keep in mind Strus is a player that thrives in a supportive environment as he is shooting 36.7% from three-point range at home versus 33.6% on the road this season. A return to FTX Arena should help him find his groove again.
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