The Boston Celtics must avoid elimination against the Golden State Warriors in Game 6 of the 2022 NBA Finals this Thursday evening on ABC. The Celtics have lost consecutive games for the first time this postseason, so now the Warriors could win the championship with one more win.
The Celtics are a 4-point home favorite at the NBA odds. All the star players could use a bigger game after what they did in Game 5, but other than Steph Curry hitting a three, what are some likely NBA player props worth playing this evening?
Golden State Warriors vs. Boston Celtics
Thursday, June 16, 2022 – 09:00 PM EDT at TD Garden
Celtics Prop Bet: Jaylen Brown
While a lot of attention goes towards superstar Jayson Tatum in this series, Jaylen Brown has to be better for Boston to see a Game 7. There have been moments where Brown has been dominant in this series, but the last two games have not been up to par.
In Game 5, Brown was 0-for-5 from three, the second time this postseason he failed to make a three. He was a minus-19 for the game, his worst this postseason. He also had 5 turnovers, including some crucial ones in the fourth quarter.
Jaylen Brown Expected Performance
Boston has not lost three games in a row since the calendar turned to 2022. You have to believe that this series is going to continue another game with the Warriors not being that hot on the road this postseason and Boston playing with desperation.
Brown should be a big part of that effort on Thursday night, and I like the player performance double with him to bounce back with a trio of triples and Boston to win this game.
Celtics Prop Bet: Jayson Tatum
Jayson Tatum has not been at his sharpest in his first NBA Finals. Tatum is shooting 37.3% from the field, which would only be the second playoff series of his career under 40%. He has yet to have a 30-point game this series, and his 23.2 points per game would be his lowest average in a series since 2019.
For the Celtics to have a successful night, Tatum has to be a distributor and his teammates must finish for him. In Boston’s two wins in the Finals, Tatum has 22 assists (13 and 9). In Boston’s three losses, Tatum has 13 assists and no more than 6 assists in any of the games.
Jayson Tatum Expected Performance
In Game 5, Tatum had his moments as a shooter, but his teammates let him down by going 4-of-12 on his potential assist passes according to NBA.com.
The opportunities were there but the shots were not as the Celtics only shot 41.3% from the field. Tatum’s 12 potential assists led all players in Game 5.
Let’s trust the Celtics to play a more efficient offense at home and get Tatum the assists needed to hit his over and extend this series to a seventh game.
NBA Pick: Jayson Tatum Over 6.5 Assists (+112) at Bovada
Warriors Prop Bet: Andrew Wiggins
If the Warriors win the championship, then the acquisition of Andrew Wiggins is going to be one of the best moves for the team. He has been excellent in this series and just had his best game yet with 26 points in Game 5, including another thunderous dunk in the fourth quarter as the exclamation point.
But the shocking part about Wiggins’s recent dominance has been his rebounding. In his first 622 NBA games, Wiggins never had more than 11 rebounds in any game. But he had 16 rebounds in Game 4, and he followed it up with 13 rebounds in Game 5.
This would make it very tempting to take him for over 7.5 rebounds in Game 6, but he did not reach that mark in the other four games played against Boston this season. He also only had 8 rebounds in 6 of his 73 games in the regular season. He is putting more effort in the playoffs, but the Celtics should also be the more physical team at home and regain the rebounding edge with Robert Williams and company.
Andrew Wiggins Expected Performance
Instead of falling for the rebounds, let’s go with Wiggins’s three-point shooting. He was 0-for-6 from three in Game 5, but the most disappointing part was that all 6 of his attempts were wide-open shots according to NBA.com.
The last time Wiggins failed to make a three this postseason, he came out in Game 1 of this Finals and made 2 against the Celtics.
He’s made at least 2 in three of the five games in this series, so for our best bets, let’s count on him to do it again as he looks to continue his excellent run.
NBA Pick: Andrew Wiggins Over 1.5 Three-Point Field Goals Made (-124) at Bovada
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