The Prop Queen, Ariel Epstein, gives her best plays for the Celtics-Warriors NBA Finals Game 1 on Thursday, June 2nd.
ARIEL EPSTEIN: What’s up, Yahoo Sportsbook? I’m the Prop Queen, Ariel Epstein. The NBA Finals are tipping off tonight between the Boston Celtics and Golden State Warriors. Of course, I’ve got a couple of props to give out.
My favorite prop of the night is the over 21 and 1/2 points, rebounds, plus assists on the Golden State Warriors, one of their best defensive players, Draymond Green. Draymond Green has been averaging 22 and 1/2 points, rebounds, and assists so far in the playoffs.
With the death lineup on the floor for the Warriors, they’re probably going to blitz or trap Steph Curry or Jordan Poole when Draymond green sets the screen. With either of those players at the top, Poole or Curry, then you’re going to get Draymond Green getting the dump-off, and he’s going to have to give it off to the open man, leading to more of those assists.
The Boston Celtics are also struggling rebounding. Their center, Robert Williams, has missed a few games this postseason. In the last five that Williams has been out, at least one player has had 10 or more rebounds against the Celtics. Draymond Green’s rebounds could go up in this spot solely because of that. Now, Williams is questionable. He’s not out yet. That’s just if he is out. Either way, I like for the points, rebounds, and assists to go over on 21 and 1/2 for Draymond Green tonight.
For my second prop, I’m taking advantage of those rebounds again and going over on the Warriors’ center Kevon Looney 9 and 1/2 rebounds. Mooney’s gone over this in four of his last six games. He’s averaging 12 and 1/2 rebounds in his last six playoff games. Looney going up against this Celtics team, well if Williams is out, even if he’s hobbling around a little bit, I can see there being an advantage to the center for the Warriors getting those rebounds the way that other centers like Bam Adebayo, or even the big man, power forward Milwaukee Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo had, by going over 10 rebounds in this playoff series. Give me the over 9 and 1/2 rebounds on Kevin Looney tonight.
Here’s your prom queen recap. I’m going with the over 21 and 1/2 points, rebounds plus assists on Draymond Green. I’m also going with the over 9 and 1/2 rebounds on Kevon Looney. That’s it for me, the Prop Queen, Ariel Epstein, here on this Thursday in the NBA. Good luck tonight, and enjoy the NBA Finals.
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