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NBA Odds Boosts To Watch | NBA Picks Jimmy Butler + Kawhi Leonard | 9/15

Josh Walfish



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Odds boosts are exactly that: Promotions from sportsbooks where they move tin your favor on certain bets. Many of them are prop bets, hoping you’ll put a few dollars on someone to hit a home run or a certain team to score a certain number of goals and still win. Our job is to highlight some of those odds boosts and give you some NBA picks, NFL picks or even NHL picks to bet on, if it’s smart to buy into what the sportsbooks are selling. We scour the internet trying to find the best odds boosts for you every day from every sport.

The NBA is back in full force with a Game 7 between the Los Angeles Clippers and the Denver Nuggets, plus Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals. After the last two games between the Clippers and Nuggets, I excluded any odds boosts that included a certain team winning. I did the same for Game 1 between Miami and Boston because of how evenly matched those two teams seem on paper. All of these odds boosts can be found on OddsShopper, so let’s dive into what we found on Awesemo’s odds comparison tool today.

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NBA Picks: Jimmy Butler, Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown Make 6.5+ 3-Pointers (+300 DraftKings)

This bet is basically reliant on Brown and Tatum, but Butler is actually the reason I’m a fan of this wager and what pushed me over the edge in selecting this NBA odds boost. Butler doesn’t shoot many 3’s, but when he does let it fly, he’s been pretty successful. He’s averaging one made 3-pointer per game in the postseason, but that’s largely because he’s made two in half of the games Miami has played in the playoffs and hasn’t shot more than one in the others. Boston might try to give him some space on the perimeter to keep him from getting in the lane, and that opens up the possibility of Butler making a 3-pointer or two to add to this total.

Brown is going to let it fly from distance with an average of eight 3-pointers attempted per game in this postseason, and he’s making roughly 2.5 of them per game. Tatum had a rough stretch in Games 3-5 against Toronto, but he made 4-of-8 from behind the arc in both Games 6 and 7 to help boost the Celtics offense. The two of them combined for five or more made 3-pointers in four of the seven games against the Raptors and the first two games against Philadelphia. They did it in Game 1 of both of those two series as well, so I wouldn’t be surprised for Tatum and Brown to get bettors close to the number with Butler finishing it off with a late 3.

NBA Picks: Kawhi Leonard Scores 30+ Points AND 10+ Rebounds (+300 BetMGM)

Leonard has been a major force for the Clippers in this series, and that shouldn’t change for Game 7 tonight. After back-to-back losses in which Los Angeles blew double-digit leads, I’d expect Leonard to take charge in the final 15 minutes to ensure the Clippers advance to the next round. That will include being aggressive at both ends of the floor, which lends itself to a double-double. But when Leonard has had a double-double in these playoffs, it’s been a sure-fire double-double.

In this year’s postseason, Leonard has recorded at least 10 rebounds in half of the Clippers’ 12 games thus far, and he’s reached at least 29 points on four of those occasions. He’s accomplished that five times during last year’s run to the title with Toronto too. In his one Game 7 during last year’s title run, he scored 41 points and grabbed eight rebounds against a far bigger Philadelphia squad. Leonard is primed to perform in big moments, and there is no bigger moment for the Clippers than tonight’s game.

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