It’s Game 6 of the NBA Finals and this could be championship night for the Golden State Warriors. For the Boston Celtics, this is “do or die”. The NBA Finals props expect big nights from the star players. Given the up-and-down nature of the playoffs, partially thanks to stringent defenses, only a few can “show up”. So which stars will shine on what could be the brightest night for their respective teams?
Warriors vs Celtics Game 6 Info
- Matchup: Golden State Warriors (53-29) vs. Boston Celtics (51-31)
- Location: TD Garden
- Time: Thursday, 9:00 P.M. ET
- Broadcast: ABC
Curry Comes With the Dagger
Steph Curry had an “off night” on Monday but his team still got the win. Despite shooting just 7-of-22 and missing all of his 3-pointers (0-of-9), Curry led the Warriors to a 10-point win. The Finals MVP frontrunner was +15 for the evening and had eight assists to just one turnover. Even if his shot was not falling, Curry stayed aggressive and got his team going.
What are the NBA Finals’ odds of Curry having another poor shooting night? NBA Finals props have his point totals at 28½ with the action already on the “over”. He has owned Boston and its fans. He is averaging 37 points on 52 percent shooting from deep in two games in the Garden this series. Curry is on a mission and he won’t be deterred, not even by himself.
Tatum Won’t be Intimidated
Speaking of not being intimidated, Jayson Tatum has to develop a full-on “Mamba Mentality” to carry his Boston Celtics. Tatum had his most efficient night, statistically, in Game 5. He shot 10-of-20 and scored 27 points; however, he shrunk in the fourth and hit just 1-of-5 as his Celtics got shut down. The NBA Finals props expect Tatum to score the same as Curry but with 43½ combined points, rebounds, and assists.
The public has bet against these totals indicating their fading trust in Boston’s inconsistent star. If Tatum can’t get his shot to fall, he can be like Curry and be a playmaker. Boston is 7-0 when he has eight or more assists and 9-3 when he has at least six. Whatever the case, Tatum needs to be cold-blooded like his old mentor.
The Legend of ‘Game 6 Klay’
It’s time to bet on the NBA’s most iconic mythological being: Game 6 Klay. At least, that’s what the media and the fans are talking about. The sportsbook’s action has gone the other way and bet the “under” on his 20½ points although he’s getting love with his other combo stats. For Golden State to seal their fourth championship in eight years, Thompson will have to be electric.
The 32-year-old has made a Hall of Fame career with his playoffs heroics, namely in these situations. In 12 career Game 6s, Thompson has scored 25 or more points half of the time, however, he’s also had some duds where he’s failed to hit double figures. So it’s either a flop or another legendary performance from Golden State’s next greatest scorer.
Brown to Bounce Back
Jaylen Brown had one of his worst games in Game 5 and the results showed. If Boston is to stave off elimination, Brown will need to take over once again. He may be a distant third in NBA Finals MVP odds, but he’s arguably been the second-best player in the series behind Curry.
Brown’s average of 21.4 points on 40.9 percent shooting is the result of two abysmal performances. But prior to his Game 2 stinker, Brown was averaging 23 points on 48.2 percent shooting. Boston is 8-2 when he shoots at 50 percent or better and he’ll need to return to form now more than ever though the public is betting against his 24½ projected points.Follow us on Twitter