- The 2019 NBA Finals tip off tonight at 9:00 p.m. ET from Scotiabank Arena
- Oddsmakers are anticipating big games from Golden State’s resident All-Stars
- We’ve selected the best player props available from three of our most trusted sportsbooks
Steph Curry and Kawhi Leonard aren’t the only ones ready for Game 1 of the NBA Finals. Oddsmakers are also prepared for tonight’s tip off with a wide array of player props to enhance your viewing pleasure.
We’ve found the best bets available along with our expert betting advice.
Prop 1: Total First Quarter Points by Steph Curry
|How Many Points Will Steph Curry Score in the 1st Quarter?||Odds 1|
|Over 8.5 Points||+125|
|Under 8.5 Points||-145|
*All odds taken 05/30/19
Few players have been hotter lately than Steph Curry, who averaged 36.5 points per game during Golden State’s sweep of Portland. That’s a 9.2 point increase from his average in the regular season and it’s due in large part to the absence of Kevin Durant, who has been on the shelf since May 8th after suffering a calf strain against Houston.
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The Warriors aren’t a better team without KD, but Curry might be a better player, as evidenced by his significant statistical leap. The two-time MVP is taking – and making – more shots without Durant on the floor, and is playing with a kind of unbridled joy that we haven’t seen in nearly three years.
Curry is averaging 7.4 first quarter points in the postseason, but that number is likely to increase tonight as the Warriors look to their team leader to set the tone.
Curry is averaging 7.4 first quarter points in the postseason, but that number is likely to increase tonight as the Warriors look to their team leader to set the tone and stake the defending champs to an early lead.
Pick: Over 8.5 points (+125)
Prop 2: Total Steals + Blocks by Draymond Green
|How Many Steals and Blocks Will Draymond Green Record in Game 1?||Odds 2|
|Over 1.5 Steals + Blocks||-110|
|Under 1.5 Steals + Blocks||-120|
Nobody stuffs a stat sheet quite like Draymond Green, Golden State’s Swiss Army Knife of a forward. The three-time All-Star had back-to-back triple-doubles against the Trail Blazers and is averaging 1.4 steals and 1.7 blocks per game in the playoffs. That’s just a tick above his regular season averages of 1.4 swipes and 1.1 rejections per game.
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— NBA (@NBA) May 20, 2019
Like Curry, Green will also log more minutes because of Durant’s absence, and is likely to increase his numbers across the board as a result. He’ll swipe balls on the perimeter when playing alongside Andrew Bogut or Kevon Looney, and will send shots into the third row when he anchors the Warriors’ small ball lineup. Given his role – and frenetic energy – 1.5 steals + blocks is just a formality.
Pick: Over 1.5 Steals + Blocks (-110)
Prop 3: Total Points + Rebounds + Assists by Pascal Siakam
|How Many Points, Rebounds and Assists Will Pascal Siakam Record in Game 1?||Odds 2|
|Over 27.5 Points + Rebounds + Assists||-130|
|Under 27.5 Points + Rebounds + Assists||+100|
Pascal Siakam has turned in a string of outstanding performances in the playoffs, but the NBA Finals is a different beast. The lights are a little brighter, the intensity is a little higher, and the scrutiny is more profound. We suspect Siakam – who only began playing organized basketball when he was 17 – will crumble beneath the pressure of Game 1 before bouncing back for the remainder of the series.
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Need a little more empirical evidence? Siakam finished under the projected total in four of Toronto’s six games in the Eastern Conference Finals.
Pick: Under 27.5 Points + Rebounds + Assists (+100)
Prop 4: Double-Double by Kyle Lowry
|Will Kyle Lowry Record a Double-Double in Game 1?||Odds 2|
Fans at Scotiabank Arena may end up drinking plenty of double-doubles, but Kyle Lowry won’t end up recording one. The Raptors point guard had 19 double-doubles during the regular season, but has accomplished the feat just once during the 2019 Playoffs. That occurred way back on April 19th when Lowry had 12 points and 10 assists in a 98-93 win over Orlando.
Pick: No (-435)
Prop 5: Points by Andre Igoudala
|Who Many Points Will Andre Iguodala Score in Game 1?||Over Odds 3||Under Odds 3|
Igoudala is certain to leave his mark on Game 1, but it won’t be on the score sheet. The former Finals MVP is averaging just 10.1 points per game during the postseason and scored 10 points combined in the three games he played against Portland in the Western Conference Finals. Iggy was also held to just six points in his lone game against Toronto earlier this season.
Flashback to Andre Iguodala’s 2015 Finals MVP Performance ?
— NBA UK (@NBAUK) May 30, 2019
Expect Iguodala to deliver crisp passes and fierce defense during Game 1, but minimal offense.
Pick: Under 10.5 (-145)