We have betting tips for the NBA Finals Game 5 between the Boston Celtics and Golden State Warriors on Monday.
Boston was unable to win consecutive home games and it now faces a tough road game against the Warriors, who look to take a commanding 3-2 lead at Chase Centre.
We look at the best betting options for Game 5 on Monday, including our best exotic bets.
NBA Finals Game 5 Betting Tips
Boston Celtics vs Golden State Warriors Game 5 Prediction
The Golden State Warriors showed why they’re a champion team when winning in Boston to square the series at 2-2.
They were behind early but they produced the goods in the second half to pull away and leave the Boston crowd stunning, but returning home doesn’t guarantee a win.
The Celtics have been dynamic on the road during the NBA playoffs, including scoring numerous road wins against the Miami Heat in the Eastern Conference Finals. They also showed an ability to beat the Warriors on the road in Game 1.
However, despite giving away a chance to take a 3-1 lead, the Celtics are every chance to bounce back and head to TD Garden with a 3-2 lead and a chance to win the NBA Finals at home.
Bookmakers have the Celtics as $2.41 underdogs, which is a better price than expected. We thought they would be priced much shorter at $2.10, given that they have looked like the best team throughout the finals.
If it wasn’t for Steph Curry shooting lights out, the Celtics would be ahead. They need to defend the greatest shooter of all time with everything they have because Curry’s teammates aren’t stepping up to the plate.
We haven’t been impressed with the likes of Klay Thompson and Andrew Wiggins, so it’s all on Curry to deliver the goods and we think he’ll come up short.
Most of the early money has come for the Warriors at –3.5, which has firmed into $1.83. Therefore, the line is likely to move to around –4.5 or –5.5 come tip-off. Punters could wait for a better line for Boston, but we’re happy with the +3.5 at $1.98.
It’s a good price for what we believe are the best team in the NBA.
Bet: Boston Celtics +3.5 @ $1.98
Golden State Warriors vs Boston Celtics Game 5 Exotic Picks
Draymond Green isn’t by any means a good three-point shooter, but he always gets left open for a shot.
He hasn’t been knocking them down but he’s paying $2.70 to hit a three pointer on Tuesday and we can’t ignore that value.
Jayson Tatum has yet to have a breakout performance, but Game 5 is the ideal time. We think Tatum and Curry could have big performances and combine for more than 60 points. Punters get $1.90 for the 60+ option and that’s worth locking in.
The method of first basket is always a fun and potentially value betting option. It’s very hard to correctly predict but the odds are too good to pass up and we think Tatum could score the first bucket.
We like Tatum to score via a layup, which could set him up for a big night. The option pays $23, which is worth backing as a fun exotic NBA Finals bet.
Bet: Jayson Tatum layup @ $23
After graduating from the University of Auckland (BA – English), Daryl was thrown into the world of sports and horse racing journalism.
Having worked as a racing journalist for two years, he decided to move into the online world of horse racing and sports writing. Coupled with his love of US sport, Daryl’s picks have been featured on various websites around the world and viewed by millions of readers. After years of honing his craft, Daryl became a professional punter in 2009 – with a focus on horse racing, NBA, NFL, and college sports. When he’s not working, Daryl tries to avoid making bogeys on the golf course.