The Celtics are now two wins away from making NBA playoff history. They’ll look to draw one game closer to erasing a 3-0 deficit tonight, May 27, on the road in Miami. After how they have won the last two games and the injury concerns for the Heat, their chances seem increasingly favorable. This is the third elimination game of the series, and we put together our list of the best NBA player prop bets available at the major online sportsbooks for yet another exciting contest.
Best NBA Player Prop Bets for Celtics vs. Heat Game 6
Whether it’s lighting up the scoreboard or getting others involved, Jayson Tatum has flipped a switch, which, in turn, has flipped the narrative of this series. The Heat are prime examples of why it’s important to close out a series as soon as possible when you have a commanding lead. Now, they find themselves in a critical situation, potentially without the services of Gabe Vincent, who is a 17-point-per-game scorer for an already short-staffed Miami team.
Caleb Martin Over 13.5 Points (-111 on Caesars Sportsbook)
Caleb Martin has been one of the most consistent scorers for the Heat in this round. He is averaging 17 points per game on 59% shooting overall and 42% from deep. He has scored 15 or more in all contests except Game 5. He scored 14 in that one — a blowout loss on the road.
Now that he is coming home, he should be much more effective thanks to the familiar territory and fanbase. The game is essentially a must-win for Miami, so it is likely they’ll be competitive from start to finish as opposed to trailing by 20 or more for the bulk of the game. The increased focus and discipline should bode well for the quality of attempts Martin sees in this one.
Another positive for Martin covering this wager is the questionable health of his undrafted running mate Gabe Vincent. The Heat are in desperate need of replacing his scoring production, and if the game is close, there is a good chance Martin will see additional attempts.
Marcus Smart Over 2.5 3-pointers Made (+160 on FanDuel Sportsbook)
The bulk of Boston’s lineup has found its rhythm over the last two games, including Marcus Smart. He connected on at least three deep field goals, attempting a minimum of six in each of the last two. The Celtics rely heavily on the long ball and Smart is a major part of that production.
He shot the ball 3-of-9 and 4-of-6 in the last two outings. He has also connected on three or more deep attempts in seven of their 18 games so far in the playoffs. Thanks to the ball movement of the team and the playmaking of Tatum in the last two, it’s likely he’ll see plenty more quality looks from beyond the arc as they look to complete the comeback.
Bam Adebayo Over 17.5 Points (-115 on BetMGM Sportsbook)
Bam Adebayo got off to a hot start in this series but has cooled down significantly. However, the Heat have gone away from what made him successful to start the series and it has led to much less efficient attempts. Now that they find themselves in a nerve-racking Game 6 after being up 3-0, look for them to return to the basics and what worked earlier in the series — the low post pick and roll.
It got him open looks from the foul line and multiple dunks. It worked so well that at one point that Miami orchestrated its offense through him for substantial portions of the game. Another plus for the big man is that he is also a player that coach Erik Spoelstra is likely to turn to for offensive production with Vincent’s 17 points per game missing from the lineup.
Jayson Tatum Over 6.5 Assists (+155 on DraftKings Sportsbook)
Jayson Tatum sparked the fire under Boston that has led to the team’s two straight victories. He did it in Game 4 by scoring the ball, and he did it in Game 5 by getting others involved. In both games, he had seven or more assists.
The Heat are well aware of Tatum’s ability to go on a scoring frenzy, which is why he is seeing so much attention at the moment. That’s not likely to change. However, Tatum is currently proving he has what it takes to beat the Heat as a playmaker as well. Since Miami is forcing the ball from his hands and his teammates are hot, he is set up well to cover this wager.
Article contributed by David Fletcher.