NBA Best Bets Today (Predictions for Celtics-Warriors NBA Finals Game 3, Klay Thompson and Jordan Poole)

Klay Thompson and Jayson Tatum.
Klay Thompson and Jayson Tatum. / Ezra Shaw/GettyImages

There’s nothing bigger than Game 3 of the NBA Finals happening in the world of sports on Wednesday night, as the Golden State Warriors and Boston Celtics are tied 1-1 in the series. 

How should we bet this pivotal matchup in Boston? I have three picks I’m making, including Klay Thompson and Jordan Poole props. 

All odds via WynnBET Sportsbook:

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NBA Best Bets Today

  • Golden State Warriors vs. Boston Celtics: Celtics -3.5 (-110)
  • Jordan Poole OVER 2.5 Assists (+100)
  • Klay Thompson OVER 19.5 Points (+105)

Golden State Warriors vs. Boston Celtics: Celtics -3.5 (-110)

I’m sticking with my original lean on this game, as Boston has been elite after a loss all playoffs. 

The Warriors handily won Game 2 behind a monster run in the third quarter, but that has been the story of this series on both sides.

Boston won Game 1 with a crazy run in the fourth quarter, but the team saw some of its role players (Al Horford 1-for-4, Marcus Smart 1-for-6) struggle mightily in Game 2 after leading the way in Game 1. 

Can we bet on the Boston role guys to bounce back after they have played so well all postseason?

Boston turned the ball over 18 times in Game 2, which really propelled the Warriors (33 points off of turnovers), and I think just cleaning that up could make Game 3 much closer. 

The Celtics have still shot above 40% from 3 in each game in this series, and I’ll back them to bounce-back and retake the lead in the series.

Jordan Poole OVER 2.5 Assists (+100)

Jordan Poole struggled in Game 1, but he bounced back in some garbage time action in Game 2, and it may have him going for this series. 

Poole needs to be smarter with the ball (seven turnovers in two games), but he’s been really underrated as a passer this postseason, averaging 4.3 assists per game. What’s more impressive is that Poole has cleared 2.5 dimes in 14 of 18 games, yet he still is at plus odds in this prop. 

Even if the Warriors get blown out or blow out the Celtics, Steve Kerr has had no problem playing Poole in garbage time. I think that helps him hit the over on this in Game 3. 

Klay Thompson OVER 19.5 Points (+105)

Do we see Game 6 Klay on Wednesday night? We just might. 

This is certainly quite the narrative to buy into, but I am because the volume has been there for Klay through the first few games of this series. 

Thompson has taken 14 and 19 shots through the first two games of this series despite shooting just 10-for-33 in the series. The last time he cleared 19.5 points came in the close-out game against the Dallas Mavericks, but it’s only a matter of time before Thompson has a good shooting night. 

Klay has taken 16.7 shots per game this postseason. If he shoots around that volume, he’s clearing this prop with a bounce-back game.