Breaking down 20 prop bets ahead of the 2017 NBA Finals

The NBA Finals are finally here. We endured weeks of lopsided basketball for the highly anticipated Warriors-Cavaliers III. Drama will certainly play out on the court this series, and bettors will be watching. Let’s take a look at 20 money-making (or wasting) prop bets ahead of the NBA Finals. Bets are courtesy of Bovada.

Disclaimer: Odds may have changed since the time of publishing.

20. Will there be a flagrant Foul?

Yes: -325 (4/13)
No: +250 (5/2)

FTW’s thoughts: Seems like a safe bet.

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19. Highest single-game point total by one player

Over/Under: 40½

FTW’s thoughts: With all the star power between these two teams, there is the potential for a 41-point game. But I’d still take the under.

18. Which player will have the most points scored in one game?

LeBron James: 2/1
Kevin Durant: 11/4
Stephen Curry: 13/4
Kyrie Irving: 13/4
Field: 9/2

FTW’s thoughts: It has to be LeBron, right?

17. Will LeBron James record a triple double?

Yes: +150 (3/2)
No: -180 (5/9)
FTW’s thoughts: LeBron James has seven triple doubles in his Finals career, trailing just Magic Johnson. It’s a strong possibility.

16. Will Draymond Green record a triple double?

Yes: +200 (2/1)
No: -260 (5/13)

FTW’s thoughts: Strong no.

15. Average 3-point field goals per game by the Cavaliers

Over/Under: 13.5

FTW’s thoughts: The Cavaliers have averaged 14.6 3-pointers a game in the playoffs. I’d lean towards the over.

14. Average 3-point field goals per game by the Warriors

Over/Under 13.5

FTW’s thoughts: The Warriors are averaging just 12 3-pointers in the playoffs, but they’re still the Warriors. Take the over.

13. 3-point percentage for the Golden State Warriors

Over/Under: 38.5%

FTW’s thoughts: This is about on par with what the Warriors have shot in the playoffs. It’s a tough call — go under.

12. 3-point percentage for the the Cleveland Cavaliers

Over/Under: 38.5%

FTW’s thoughts: Unless the Cavaliers go ice cold in the Finals, they’ll hit the over.

11. How many games will go into overtime?

Over: ½ (+170, 17/10)
Under: ½ (-210, 10/21)

FTW’s thoughts: If you really like putting your money to chance, go for this bet. With all the moving parts and randomness that can extend a game into overtime, it’s basically a coin flip. These teams went into overtime twice in the 2015 Finals and none in 2016.

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10. Will there be an ejection?

Yes: +275 (11/4)
No: -350 (2/7)

FTW’s thoughts: These teams don’t like each other, so bet yes. Dahntay Jones could go for the repeat.

9. Will any player be suspended?

Yes: +700 (7/1)
No: -1400 (1/14)

FTW’s thoughts: I hope not.

8. Will there be a game-winning buzzer beater?

Yes: +550 (11/2)
No: -900 (1/9)

FTW’s thoughts: I’d say bet no, but that would totally be a fun thing to happen.

7. NBA Finals points per game – LeBron James

Over/Under: 30.5

FTW’s thoughts: The way LeBron has been playing in the postseason — aside from two games — it would be difficult to bet under. Expect a huge series from James.

6. NBA Finals points per game – Kyrie Irving

Over/Under: 26

FTW’s thoughts: This will be a close one, but leaning towards the under.

5. NBA Finals points per game – Stephen Curry

Over/Under: 27

FTW’s thoughts: Curry seems ready to break out in the Finals, and he’s already averaged 28.6 in the postseason. Bet over.

4. NBA Finals points per game – Kevin Durant

Over/Under: 28.5

FTW’s thoughts: As capable as Durant is of averaging 30-plus points in the Finals, I think Curry’s scoring will force Durant into the under.

3. NBA Finals points per game – Klay Thompson

Over/Under: 18

FTW’s thoughts: Again, take the under.

2. Odds to win 2017 NBA Finals MVP

Kevin Durant: 11/5
LeBron James: 11/5
Stephen Curry: 9/4
Draymond Green: 8/1

FTW’s thoughts: If you think the Warriors will win this series, which I do, bet on Steph Curry.

1. Odds to win the NBA title

Cleveland Cavaliers: 2/1
Golden State Warriors: 5/12

FTW’s thoughts: The Warriors just have too many weapons and have been playing their best basketball. Plus, Stephen A. Smith picked the Cavaliers, and it’s been forever since he’s picked a Finals winner correctly.

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