Heat vs. Celtics Game 3 Player Props, SGPs: Betting Focus Shifts To Tatum, Smart

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We're eyeing a Jayson Tatum SGP for Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Finals on Saturday (Photo by Brian Rothmuller/Icon Sportswire)

Hoops bettors can dive into Heat-Celtics player props and same-game parlays, in addition to a deep offering of NBA odds across the industry’s top sportsbooks, for Game 3 of the East Finals on Saturday night.

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The Celtics are in the driver’s seat, having evened the series with a convincing Game 2 victory in Miami. Online shops are dealing the spread at 6.5. Those who prefer the moneyline in this spot can expect prices in the -270 range on the Celtics, with the Heat available for around +220.

Miami Heat vs. Boston Celtics Game 3 Odds

Boston is 4-2 straight-up at home during the postseason and 3-3 against the spread. Overall, home court treated the C’s well this season. They posted a 32-15 mark at TD Garden. Miami, meanwhile, is 2-3 away from home in the playoffs, both straight up and against the spread.

Heat vs. Celtics Game 3 Player Props

Marcus Smart Over 10.5 Total Rebounds And Assists (-113, FanDuel)

Projecting Smart can be a tricky task due to his propensity to impact games without necessarily building up his boxscore. Smart was particularly involved on Thursday, attempting 22 shots, dishing out 12 assists, and collecting nine rebounds. His 22 shot attempts marked a postseason high, so it’s fair to expect a regression in that department. He could still take on much of the ball-handling responsibility, which will allow him to rack up some dimes. He’s averaged 16.7 combined assists and rebounds over his last three.

First Miami Heat Player To Make Three-Pointer: Jimmy Butler (+1200, BetMGM)

Butler isn’t the most prolific three-point gunner on the Heat — that would be Max Strus (+290). He is, however, the postseason team leader in shot attempts and usage by wide margins. That includes a respectable 4.1 three-point attempts per game during the postseason. Butler has been responsible for sinking the Heat’s first three-pointer on three occasions, and he’s been busy enough from beyond the arc in general to gamble on the 12-to-1 odds in this spot.

Same-Game Parlay (DraftKings)

Jayson Tatum Over 27.5 Points (-120), Over 3.5 Three-Pointers (-110). SGP pays +135

Tatum was efficient in Thursday’s victory, scoring 27 points on a modest 13 shot attempts. Tatum is shooting 48.9 percent from the field over his last six outings, and that includes his 18-for-34 mark through Games 1-2 of the Eastern Conference Finals. With more floor time in Game 3 — his 31:32 marked a postseason low — he’ll have the opportunity to pour in upwards of 30 points.

Tatum is one of the game’s most well-rounded scorers, and he’s not bashful about launching from deep. He’s averaging 8.9 attempts and converting at a 38.8 percent clip during the playoffs. Provided Tatum maintains a similar level of efficiency, increased volume in Game 3 should equate to at least four made three-pointers.

A note on SGPs: These can be fun to bet, but bettors usually have to overcome a larger edge in the sportsbook’s favor. Sprinkle a few bucks on a SGP or two, but don’t be fooled into thinking you’re betting with an advantage.

Also read:  Odds to win NBA Finals | NBA Finals MVP odds

About the Author

Craig Williams

Craig Williams is a Charlotte-based sportswriter who has worked professionally in the gaming, fantasy, and sports business industries. He’s an avid fantasy football player, managing over 100 leagues across multiple formats. When he’s not pouring over Vegas odds and statistics, he’s indulging in soccer and enjoys anything from LigaMX to Champions League.

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