The Golden State Warriors struck back in Game 2, securing a decisive 107-88 victory over the Boston Celtics at home. But the odds suggest Boston will move on to a 2-1 lead, as FanDuel Sportsbook lists the Celtics as 3.5-point favorites heading into Game 3.
But spread bets are far from the only way to wager on this pivotal tilt. Here are three of the best prop bets to target in Game 3.
Warriors vs Celtics Player Prop Bets
3. Klay Thompson - Points: Under 18.5 (-104)
Klay Thompson hasn't been able to buy a bucket this series. Boston's smothering defense has held the star to 13.0 PPG on 30.3% shooting and 26.7% from behind the arc through two games. He hasn't looked like himself defensively, either, and his running mate Jordan Poole got going down the stretch in Game 2; Poole may steal some shots and minutes away from Klay in Game 3. Until Klay proves otherwise, we're going to back the under against this stifling Boston defense.
2. Jaylen Brown - Rebounds: Over 6.5 (-114)
Jaylen Brown has been a fantastic rebounder lately. He's averaging 7.1 boards per game since Round 2 of the postseason. The 25-year-old hit the over on this total in Game 1, and he was well on his way to doing so again in Game 2 (6 rebounds) before getting pulled midway through the fourth-quarter blowout. Brown recorded 6 boards in just 27 minutes of action, and Boston will need him to hit the glass hard given all the trouble the C's have had securing defensive rebounds.
1. Al Horford - Made Threes: Under 1.5 (-102)
Al Horford's explosion from beyond the arc in Game 1 is something of an anomaly. That's not to say he's a poor shooter; he's been excellent in the postseason, converting 46.3% of his 3-point attempts. But he's been less aggressive there recently, attempting 4.0 threes per game over his last six outings compared to 4.5 over his first 13. And if we remove his 8 attempts in Game 1, that figured shrinks to 3.2 attempts per outing. As a result, Horford has drilled one 3-pointer or fewer in five of his last six showings. With Robert Williams banged up, Boston will need Horford's rebounding more than ever. That could force him to operate closer than the basket, making it that much more difficult for him to hit this total.