Last Updated Aug 30, 2021, 9:58 AM
Game 3 Props - Best Bets
The 2019 NBA Finals will continue Wednesday with Game 3 between the Golden State Warriors and Toronto Raptors from Oracle Arena in Oakland. If you’re hesitant to back the side or total for the third installment in this series, then we suggest you take a closer look at the available player props.
Our experts went a combined 4-3 in the Game 1 opener last Thursday and returned a small profit just over two units ($240).
In Game 2 on Sunday, the trio went 5-2 overall and brought back a return just under five units ($485).
Through two games, their overall numbers stand at 9-5 ($725).
Game 1 Results
Game 2 Results
Chris David: 5-1 (+830)
Kevin Rogers: 2-2 (-75)
Tony Mejia: 2-2 (-30)
Based on a five-unit bankroll, their top props are listed for Game 3 below.
2 Units – Under 11 ½ Fred VanVleet Total Points (-115)
The former Wichita State standout has been a nice surprise for the Raptors in the playoffs and he’s played out of his head since him and his girlfriend had a baby prior to Game 4 versus Milwaukee in the East Finals. Since that stretch, he’s averaged 16 points in five games. VanVleet has been fortunate to play four of those contests at home and I believe that will be the difference here. In the one road game, he exploded for 21 points against the Bucks while shooting 7-of-9 from distance. Oracle Arena will be a new experience for the young guard and I’m expecting him to be humbled.
2 Units – Over 5 ½ Stephen Curry Total Rebounds (-115)
Curry is one of the most underrated rebounding guards in the NBA and even though he’s only averaging four in this series, the numbers should a big bounce back at home. In eight playoff games, he’s averaged 6.1 RPG and he’s eclipsed this number five times. Without Durant still on the sidelines, more opportunities will be available. Plus, we haven’t seen great offensive production from Toronto on the road in the playoffs and that should help the cause here.
1 Unit – Over 2 ½ Kawhi Leonard Total Made 3 Point Field Goals (+130)
My last wager is a bit of a long shot but with the positive return, I believe it’s worth a shot. Leonard is averaging 2.8 made 3-pointers in the playoffs. In his last four games, he’s attempted 8, 8, 6 and 9 shots from distance. He’s the only Toronto player that has shown any life on the road this postseason and I would expect another big game from him.
3 Units - Over ½ Andre Iguodala Total Made 3-Point Field Goals (-185)
Sure, this is some heavy juice to lay, but this is a prop that you have 48 minutes to cash. Granted, Iguodala has not shot the ball well from three-point range recently, but knocked down the huge trey to clinch the Game 2 victory at Toronto. Golden State will need help for Stephen Curry assuming Klay Thompson doesn't play or he is limited. Asking Iggy to hit two three-pointers may be sweating it out, but to nail just one at home isn't asking a lot.
1 Unit - Over 13 ½ DeMarcus Cousins Total Points (-110)
Cousins has made an incredible strides in this series since being sidelined with a quad injury as he went from three points in Game 1 to 11 points in Game 2. Also, the minutes went up signficantly as Cousins played eight minutes in the opener, then 28 minutes in Game 2. With Kevin Durant out, Thompson ailing, and Kevon Looney sidelined, Cousins has an excellent opportunity here to break out.
1 Unit - Over 7 ½ Danny Green Total Points (-115)
Green struggled from three-point range to close out the Milwaukee series by going 1-for-15 in the final four games. Green has shot better from downtown against the Warriors by knocking down 5-of-12 attempts from long range, while scoring 19 points in the first two games. Past Kawhi Leonard, it's a toss-up on who the second option will be on Toronto, but Green looks like he has gotten his confidence back and should be able to cash this prop.
2.5 Units - Over 32 Draymond Green Points, Rebounds and Assists (-115)
With Kevin Durant sidelined for at least one more game, my Finals MVP pick should have an opportuntiy for a second triple-double after falling one assist shy of coming up with one in Game 2. He's averaging 13.5 points, 10 boards and 9.5 assists in the series and should be even more aggressive at home so long as he avoids any early foul trouble. The Warriors' emotional leader clamped down on Pascal Siakam after struggling against him in Game 1 and appears to be locked in the way he needs to be to help the short-handed Warriors persevere.
2.5 Units - Over 13 ½ Serge Ibaka Points and Rebounds (-115)
Although Marc Gasol was fantastic in the series opener, he struggled in Game 2 and may lose some minutes to his Spanish National Team compadre since I believe Nick Nurse will have to rely on small lineups to be successful in Oracle. Ibaka should have a number of fairly wide open opportunities to show off his outside touch and should play at least 25 minutes, giving him ample opportunities to surpass this number.