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5 Most Popular Bets For NBA Finals Game 5: Golden State Warriors vs. Boston Celtics

The Golden State Warriors are taking on the Boston Celtics tonight for Game 5 of the NBA Finals. Here's a look at the five most popular bets for tonight.
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The Golden State Warriors were able to regain control of this series with an impressive win Friday night in Boston. Led by Steph Curry’s 43 point performance, the Warriors were able to pull away late to a 107-97 Game 4 victory. This series now goes back to San Francisco all tied up at 2. It goes without saying that Game 5 will be the biggest game of the season so far for these teams, with the team that takes a 3-2 series lead in the NBA playoffs have gone on to win roughly around 83% of the time. Boston is looking to bounce back this Monday night. Do the Celtics have an answer for Steph Curry? Let’s take a look at the 5 most popular bets for tonight’s game.

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Warriors -3.5

TeamSpreadBets%Handle%
Warriors-3.569%82%
Celtics+3.531%18%

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The Warriors are 3.5 point favorites for Game 5. 69% of the ATS wagers for Monday night have been placed on Golden State to take a critical 3-2 lead in this series. There hasn’t been a game so far between these two teams that have been decided by less than 10 points, so the sharp betters are certainly not worried about Golden State winning and not covering the 3.5 point spread.

It is also worth noting that Vegas has definitely valued home court immensely in these Finals, with the home team being roughly around 4 point favorites in every game so far.

Over 211.5

Over/UnderTotalBets%Handle%
Over211.568%71%
Under211.532%29%

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The average total points being scored in the past 4 games has been right on this number, at 211 total points. For tonight’s game, 68% of the public is taking the over. Stephen Curry has been unstoppable on offense and I expect the role players for Golden State to steadily give Steph more help on the offensive end as this series goes on. For Boston, Tatum and Brown have relatively been consistent throughout this series. The public expects the likes of Al Horford and Marcus Smart to raise their level of play to make Game 5 of these NBA Finals a shootout.

Jaylen Brown First Field Goal Scorer (+400) (Bet $100 to win $400)

Jaylen Brown has been averaging just over 22 points per game in this series, but his coach is demanding more from him. Ime Udoka said after Friday’s loss that the Celtics need to run more plays designed for Brown, so he doesn’t find himself standing around off the ball so much. He also added that he would like for Brown to demand the ball more. Look for Boston to try and get him going early, and the public likes him to score the first field goal of tonight’s game.

Jayson Tatum First 3 Point Field Goal. (+2000) (Bet $100 to win $2000)

Jayson Tatum has shown flashes in this series, but even he said it himself after Game 4 that he “needs to be better”. He has shot the ball well from distance, shooting over 45% from 3. He also has increased his 3-point field goals attempted over the last 2 games, averaging 8.5 attempts per game in that time. The sharp betters see value at this price for Tatum to be the first player to make a 3-point field goal in tonight’s game.

Stephen Curry Over 30.5 Points (-125) (Bet $125 to win $100)

This bet seems to be the safest of all the prop bets. Steph is coming off arguably his greatest playoff performance of his career, totaling 43 points and 7 3’s. He is currently averaging 34.25 PPG on an impressive 49% from 3. Steph has had to shoulder much of the offensive load, attempting an insane 51 3 pointers over the last 4 games. Expect that trend to continue as Steph Curry has his team on the brink of cementing themselves as a dynasty.

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Griffin is from Emerson, New Jersey. He graduated from Bergen Catholic High School and is entering his senior year at Brown University where he plays safety for the football team.

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