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Celtics vs Mavericks Game 3 Best Player-Prop Picks (June 12)

Adam Spencer

by Adam Spencer in NBA Basketball

Updated Jun 12, 2024 · 10:00 AM PDT

Jrue Holiday shoots over Kyrie Irving in Game 2 of the NBA Finals.
Jun 9, 2024; Boston, Massachusetts, USA; Boston Celtics guard Jrue Holiday (4) shoots the ball against Dallas Mavericks guard Kyrie Irving (11) during the second quarter in game two of the 2024 NBA Finals at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Peter Casey-USA TODAY Sports
  • Game 3 of the NBA Finals is set for Wednesday night between the Boston Celtics and Dallas Mavericks.
  • The series shifts to Dallas after Boston won both games at home to take a 2-0 series lead.
  • Check out our favorite player prop picks below.

Game 3 of the NBA Finals takes place on Wednesday night in Dallas. Boston could be without star big man Kristaps Porzingis, who suffered a rare ankle injury in Game 2 on Sunday. The Celtics hold a 2-0 series lead, making this essentially a must-win game for Luka Doncic and company. The game is set to tip off at 8:30 p.m. ET and can be seen on ABC.

Celtics vs Mavericks Game 3 Player-Prop Picks

  • Kyrie Irving under 23.5 points (-125)
  • Jrue Holiday over 24.5 points+rebounds+assists (-115)
  • Al Horford over 9.5 points (-115)

The above odds are via bet365 as of Wednesday, June 12. When you sign up for bet365 today, you can receive $150 in bonus bets when you place your initial wager of $5 or more.

Irving has struggled this series. Boston has been using Jaylen Brown, Jrue Holiday and Derrick White to guard him and he hasn’t been able to do much. Even with Porzingis likely out, hurting Boston’s rim protection, Irving’s offensive impact should still be limited. He hasn’t reached 20 points in this series, posting 12 in Game 1 and 16 in Game 2. I think Brown, Holiday and company will be up to the challenge again. Even if Kyrie manages to get to the 20-point threshold, Boston’s defense should stop him from getting to 24 points.

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Meanwhile, Jrue Holiday is probably the favorite to be the Finals MVP through 2 games. He’s been incredible, and posted 40 points+rebounds+assists in Game 2. Dating back to Game 1 of the Indiana series, Holiday has gone over 24.5 PRA in 6-straight games. In 4 of those games (the Indiana series), Porzingis didn’t play, so Holiday has experience in those situations. I like him to continue his outstanding series tonight in Dallas, rising to the occasion when his team needs him most.

The player who will benefit the most from Porzingis potentially being out is, of course, Al Horford. The veteran big man has kept his starting role this series, but has seen his minutes dip a bit with Porzingis back in the rotation. Even at 38 years old, Horford is capable of having big offensive nights. The Celtics have given the Mavericks fits because all 5 players on the court at any given time can shoot 3-pointers well. That remains the case with Horford’s minutes increasing. I like him to knock down 2-3 shots from long range and finish Game 3 with 10+ points.

Celtics vs Mavericks Game 3 Odds

Team Spread Moneyline Total
Boston Celtics +2.5 (-110) +120 O 214.0 (-110)
Dallas Mavericks -2.5 (-110) -140 U 214.0 (-110)

The Celtics, despite being up 2-0 in the series, are underdogs in Game 3 on the road. The spread is set at -2.5 for Dallas and +2.5 for Boston, with equal -110 odds on both sides. You can also get -110 odds on the over/under, which is set at 214.0 points. If you think Boston will win a third-straight game over the Mavericks, the Celtics are +120 on the moneyline, compared to -140 for Dallas.

All of the above odds are via bet365 as of Wednesday, June 12.

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