The Boston Celtics (2-1), who regained the series lead in Game 3, welcome the Golden State Warriors (1-2) to TD Garden Friday for Game 4 of the NBA Finals. Tip is scheduled for 9 p.m. ET.
Below, we list the best value prop bets from Tipico Sportsbook‘s 2022 NBA Finals Game 4 odds and make our expert NBA picks and predictions.
The Warriors were able to cut the Celtics’ lead to 4 in the second half of Game 3 but failed to make the comeback as a defensive masterclass in the fourth quarter limited Golden State to 11 points.
The Celtics have been led so far by the elite play of F Jaylen Brown. He has been an x-factor for Boston. As for the Warriors, G Stephen Curry has put on 3 masterclass performances, yet 2 resulted in a loss.
It’s not a must-win for Golden State, but it’s a game that would set the tone of the series and bring back home-court advantage.
NBA Finals prop bets for Game 4
Warriors C Kevon Looney points: OVER 6.5 (+107)
Kevon Looney has had an interesting impact this postseason.
From being benched to being the key difference in Game 6 against Memphis, Looney should expect a larger role Friday, especially after Boston dominated the glass.
Looney has averaged 6 points per game this season and has hit at least 7 in 5 of his last 8 games. He has also hit it 5 of 8 times when he has played more than 20 minutes.
Expecting more time from Looney should correlate into more points, and at this value, I’d back his over.
Celtics F Jayson Tatum points: UNDER 26.5 (-106)
The Celtics have won two games this series, and Tatum has had 9 or more assists in both wins. He’s also gone under 26.5 points in both wins as well. If Boston wants to go up 3-1, they’ll need Tatum the playmaker, not scorer.
Combine that with the Warriors’ top-3 defense, and Tatum may struggle to consistently get good looks, especially against an elite defender like Andrew Wiggins.
Celtics G Marcus Smart rebounds: OVER 4.5 (+115)
At plus-money value, this is great value for Smart, who has collected 5 boards in 2 of his last 3 games. He’s hauled in over 4.5 rebounds in 9 of 18 postseason games as well.
After losing some time to Derrick White in Game 1, Smart logged over 39 minutes in Game 3. He’s back to playing high-volume minutes, and that should help this over hit.