- Steph Curry has hit 13 threes in two playoff games so far
- The San Antonio Spurs have hit just 12 three-pointers in two playoff games as a team
- The Denver Nuggets have made just 16-of-52 three-point attempts so far
There are three critical Game 3’s on tap tonight in the NBA playoffs with the Philadelphia 76ers-Brooklyn Nets, Denver Nuggets-San Antonio Spurs and Golden State Warriors-Los Angeles Clippers series all tied 1-1. Three-point shooting will be key – as per usual – and Bovada has posted a prop on who’ll hit the most shots from beyond the arc. Is Steph Curry the best bet?
Odds to Make the Most Three-Pointers on Thursday
|Who Will Hit the Most Three-Pointers?||Odds at Bovada|
*Odds taken 04/18/19
Curry Should Light Up the Clippers
There are a couple of reasons why Curry is a heavy favorite tonight. To start, he’s one of the best three-point shooters of all-time. Secondly, the competition from the other games just isn’t there. Let’s start with Curry.
Taking a look through two games with the Los Angeles Clippers, he’s hit 13 threes. He hit eight in Game 1 and five in Game 2. What you have to like is the volume as he’s taken at 11.5 attempts per game. Yes, he’s on the road for Game 3 but he hit 5.1 threes on the road this season, which is the exact amount he hit at home.
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The Clippers have made it clear that their priority on defense is Kevin Durant. Unless they change their strategy, I’m not expecting Curry’s numbers to change that much. And remember, the Clippers are coming off a win, so it’s not likely they will change their defense.
Not Much Competition on the Night for Curry
The other two contests on tap for Thursday are the Philadelphia-Brooklyn and Denver-San Antonio games. Three of these four teams – and the players on them – shouldn’t present much of a threat to Curry hitting the most threes tonight.
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The Spurs as a team have only hit 12 three-points in their first two games. Curry has hit 13. No one on their roster has more than four attempts in a playoff game so far, so they’ll be in tough to top Curry.
The Spurs as a team have only hit 12 three-points in their first two games. Curry has hit 13.
The story is about the same for the Nuggets. They’ve been awful from three for six of their eight playoff quarters, hitting just 16-of-52 attempts. Guys like Will Barton, Jamal Murray, and Garry Harris shoot the most threes but none have topped six attempts in the two games. That probably won’t change.
In the other matchup, the 76ers have been worked by the Nets at the three-point line. Philadelphia scored 145 points in Game 2 but hit only nine threes. They are now just 12-of-53 on the series. That really just leaves the Nets as an option to look for contenders for Curry, but I don’t see it.
D’Angelo Russell (26 PTS) led the Brooklyn to a victory in Philadelphia as the Nets took Game 1 of their first round series last night ❄️ pic.twitter.com/Jg8mzDfMbO
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D’Angelo Russell hit three-of-seven attempts in Game 2 and two-of-six in Game 1. Joe Harris might be an option – the man who won the Three-Point Contest at All-Star Weekend – but he was just three-of-four in Game 1 and 0-for-two in Game 2. He’s just not getting the volume.
Curry is Your Best Bet
When you do the math here, your options are either Curry or someone else off his team (like Klay Thompson). Thompson has been cold from three to start the series, going 2-10 from beyond the arc so far. If you really think he breaks out of his funk, then split your bets on both. You’ll win if either of them finishes with the most threes given their price.
— Dylan Burd (@Sports_Burd) April 16, 2019
If you’re not a believer in Thompson, then bet Curry. He’s clearly the best bet with this prop tonight.