Betting tips for NBA Western Conference finals

All odds are provided by Caesars Sportsbook.


What you need to know for Mavericks Warriors Game 2

shining stars: Stephen Curry‘s 3-point prop sits at 3.5 for Game 2, despite the fact he has averaged at least 12 attempts from deep over the past four games. For the Mavs, Reggie Bullock has lofted at least 10 3-pointers in two of his past three games. His 3-point props sits at 2.5 for Friday night’s game.

Like Looney: The warriors have leaned on Kevin Looney for meaningful minutes recently, as the big man has averaged nearly 32 minutes across the team’s past two contests. Looney has delivered nine assists and 27 boards across these two games, making him a viable target for daily fantasy as well as scoring, rebounding and passing props.

More risk than reward: Andrew Wiggins went over his points prop by 3.5 points in Game 1 of the Western Conference finals — a 112-87 Warriors victory — but I’d be careful doubling down. He led the Warriors in shots, started red hot, scoring 10 points on 4-of-5 shooting in the first quarter, and didn’t have foul issues despite occasionally ending up guarding Luka Doncic. He has yet to score over 20 points this postseason and his points prop sits at 15.5.

– Jim McCormick & Kyle Soppe


Breaking down game 2

Dallas Mavericks at Golden State Warriors
9pm ET, Chase Center, San Francisco


lines: Warriors (-6.5)
Money line: Warriors (-260), Mavericks (+210)
Total: 214 points
BPI projected total: 220.8 points
BPI win%: Warriors (73.7%)

Notable: As 5.5-point favorites in Game 1, the Warriors won by 25 — and earned their 14th cover of the season by at least 15 points. In the game immediately following such impressive covers, however, they are just 4-8-1 against the spread. Furthermore, six of those failures to cover have come by at least nine points.

Best bet: Over 214.0 points. The Warriors have been elite at home all postseason, averaging 116.6 points per game. They scored 112 points in Game 1 and clearly took their foot off the gas once it became a blowout. Game 1 went under because the Mavericks were ice cold, missing wide-open looks early and never finding their rhythm. Friday night should be different, as the Mavs have had the time to recover from their seven-game series and focus on the Warriors. I look for both teams to score plenty of points, sending the total over 214 points. –Andre Snellings

best bet: Stephen Curry under 26.5 points. Curry played well in Game 1 and could have scored more if he wasn’t pulled early. He still scored 21 points on 7-for-16 shooting from the floor. In Curry’s five games against the Mavericks, including Game 1, he has scored 20.2 PPG on 39.6 FG% and 34.1 3P%. He scored over 26.5 points only once in those five games. — Snellings

best bet: Luka Doncic over 31.5 points. The Warriors defended Doncic pretty well on Wednesday. He was held to a postseason-low 20 points on 6-of-18 shooting. Doncic had more turnovers (7) than field goals made in a playoff game for the first time in his career. The Mavericks will make adjustments and position Doncic for a bounce-back game Friday night. –Eric Moody

Best bets: Warriors 2H (-2.5); Warriors 3Q (-1.5). The Warriors have long been a dominant third-quarter team and that continued again in Game 1 against Dallas when they outscored the Mavericks by 10 points. Coach Steve Kerr is making tremendous adjustments coming out of the locker room. Dallas has really struggled on the road (outside of Game 7 at Phoenix) in this postseason. I like the Warriors in this game, and I think they create distance on the scoreboard in the second half like they have most of these playoffs. — Tyler Fulghum

best bet: Clay Thompson over 20.5 points. Thompson went scoreless in the first half and made only four field goal attempts in Game 1. He picked things up in the second half and finished the game with 15 points. Thompson should get off to a fast start Friday night. — Moody

best bet: Draymond Green under 6.5 assists. The Warriors did an excellent job in Game 1 of passing the ball around to counter the Mavericks’ closeouts and switches. Multiple Golden State players racked up assists. However, Green had nine potential assists and three assists, below his postseason average from the first two rounds. — Moody

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