NBA Finals Game 3 Player Props & SGP: Smart, Horford In Focus As Celtics Eye Series Lead

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Celtics guard Marcus Smart will play a significant role in the C's efforts to take control of the series. (Photo by Brian Rothmuller/Icon Sportswire)

The Warriors and Celtics split the first two NBA Finals games in San Francisco, keeping suspense high as the series shifts to Beantown. NBA Finals odds paint the picture of a series that can go either way. Bettors can continue betting on the ultimate outcome of the best-of-seven, in addition to individual game odds. For those looking to dive deeper into the action, the industry’s top sportsbooks offer a collection of NBA Finals Game 3 player props.

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Much of the chatter following Game 2 was the impact Draymond Green had on Game 2. The manner in which the Celtics respond and implement their own adjustments will go a long way to determining who takes Game 3 and control of the Finals. Boston has yet to lose consecutive games in these playoffs and is priced as the home favorite Wednesday.

Warriors vs. Celtics Game 3 Odds

Warriors vs. Celtics Props

Jaylen Brown Over 23.5 Points (-115, Caesars)

Following the C’s Game 2 loss, Brown’s teammate, Jayson Tatum, summed up the team’s mindset: “You have a bad day at work, the next day you want to have a better day at work”. Brown had a poor day at work in Game 2, finishing with 17 points on 5 of 17 shooting. Prior to Sunday’s outing, Brown scored fewer than 20 points on four occasions during the playoffs. He bounced back to score ‘over’ 23.5 points in each successive game. Tatum can’t do all of the heavy lifting, and getting Brown clicking in Game 3 is likely a big part of the adjustments the Celtics are installing for Wednesday evening. A better performance from him will give the Celtics a shot at taking control of the series.

Marcus Smart Over 9.5 Combined Assists, Rebounds (+110, BetMGM)

Much has been said about Green’s antics and how the Celtics will respond to them in Game 3. Smart isn’t the player that will go toe-to-toe with Green in an effort to trade technical fouls. However, there aren’t many players better suited than Smart to bring the grit and energy needed to neutralize the presence Green brings to the equation for the Warriors. When Smart is locked in and playing a central role in the Celtics’ play, he does a lot more than just score. He’s gone ‘over’ 9.5 combined assists and rebounds eight times during the postseason, and Wednesday’s game in Boston is a great time for him to be among the supporting cast members to make a significant impact.

Andrew Wiggins Over 15.5 Points (-122, FanDuel)

Both the Celtics and Warriors revolve around a pair of players. However, the Warriors’ No. 2, Klay Thompson, has struggled through the series’ first two games — and he’s been up and down throughout the entire postseason. Updated odds price this series as a virtual coinflip, suggesting there’s a good chance these two split Games 3 and 4. In order to steal a game in Beantown, the Dubs need a member of their own supporting cast to step up. Both Wiggins and Jordan Poole are quality targets (Poole is -116 on FanDuel to go ‘over’ 12.5 points), but we’re leaning Wiggins thanks to his steadier play of late and experience advantage. Wiggins has scored at least 16 points in five of his last seven.

Same-Game Parlay

Celtics Win, Al Horford Over 1.5 Three-pointers, Marcus Smart Over 5.5 Assists (+447, FanDuel)

Bettors who anticipate the Warriors taking Game 3 should certainly consider a more appropriate parlay. However, those who are leaning Celtics likely envision productive efforts from both Smart and Horford. Smart is a solid bet to be central to the Celtics’ play, as they tab someone to match the energy Draymond provided the Warriors in Game 2. His best games don’t always show up in the ‘points’ column of the box score, but he’s been busy as a distributor, dishing at least six assists on nine occasions during the postseason. Horford, meanwhile, is a quality bet to be on the receiving end of some Smart dimes, including from beyond the arc. He hit only 4 of 16 from three-point land in four games prior to erupting for 26 points, including 6 of 8 from three, in Game 1. Overall, though, he’s averaging 4.3 attempts per game throughout the playoffs and converting at a 46.3% clip.

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Craig Williams

Craig Williams

Craig Williams is a Charlotte-based writer for Gaming Today, who has worked professionally in the gaming, fantasy sports, 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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