Free Betting Picks For NBA Finals Game 5
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Free Betting Picks For NBA Finals Game 5

We’re going back to the Bay Area for Game 5 of the NBA Finals — a series that’s once again tied. Here’s a complete breakdown of Monday’s matchup, plus our own betting picks for Game 5 of the Finals. 

NBA Finals Game 5: Point Total Pick

Ironically enough, the series over/under has trended the exact direction this series has — back-and-forth. Game 1 was an over, followed by under, then over again, and under last time out. This trend makes picking the Game 5 total rather dicey. Here’s where the best online sportsbooks currently stand on it: 

TeamBetUSBovada
Over 212 points-110-110
Under 212 points-110-110

We pretty much know Steph Curry is having himself a night come Game 5. He’s been a machine this whole series long — proving himself to be the court’s best player whenever he’s on it. Curry poured in 43 points in Game 4 to help Golden State avoid an elimination game here. His series average is now a whopping 34.3 points per game (on 50 percent shooting from the field and 49.3 percent from 3-point range). All this against a historically-good Celtics defense too. 

We also believe Curry will, finally, get some help from his supporting cast — which has largely been dormant after four games. That’s just the benefit of returning home; role players are more likely to contribute than when on the road. 

But on that note, we’re actually quite confident Boston will bring their A-game to San Francisco. Why? Because this C's team has yet to lose two games in a row in the postseason. Similarly, we expect a bounce-back performance, which should help bring this game into over territory. 

Over 212 points scored in Boston vs. Golden State game
-110
Bovada

NBA Finals Game 5: Spread Pick 

The spread has hovered around three and four points every NBA Finals game so far — and this one is no different. And to no surprise, the top NBA betting sites have pegged the Warriors as the spread favorites:

TeamBetUSBovada
Golden State Warriors (-3.5)-110-110
Boston Celtics (+3.5)-110-110

Draymond Green is the X-factor of Game 4, and this series, for that matter. More times than not, he’s the engine that makes this team go. His ability to guard anyone and man the rim allows the Dubs to play its small-ball offense. However, he’s now had back-to-back games to forget (a combined four points in each). It got so bad that his mother was tweeting her dismay at his performance. We’re not done, though. It also got so bad that Steve Kerr completely yanked him from Game 4 deep into the fourth quarter— a move that ended up working to perfection.

Though, that’s not a game plan we’d bet works again. The NBA Finals has become a best-of-three series, and we have a tough time seeing the Dubs winning it if Green remains AWOL. As we said before, a return home should remedy some of those issues (the Boston crowd did target him, after all), but not all of ‘em. This tough-nosed Celtics team is getting to him, and that’s not going away all of a sudden. 

We’re picking the Celtics to cover the spread. More than anything else, we just think Game 4 will go down to the wire — and if so, that benefits the Boston spread more, especially if they steal the game outright, which we cover next. 

Boston to cover the spread vs. Golden State
-110
Bovada

NBA Finals Game 5: Moneyline Pick

TeamBetUSBovada
Golden State Warriors-170-170
Boston Celtics+150+150

We’ve spent this whole article speaking about Golden State — Curry’s heroics and Green’s disappearing act. But we’re turning our attention to the C’s as we make our Game 5 pick.

Just as we expect Curry and Green’s playing trends to continue, we believe the same of Jayson Tatum. And, of course, that’s a downward-spiraling trend. Despite the somewhat cringy “homages” to Kobe Bryant, Tatum has looked like the furthest thing from the Black Mamba while on offense. Tatum is averaging a subpar 22.3 points per game this series.

On the surface, Tatum’s struggles are shooting. He’s hitting a paltry 33.4 percent of his shots — a figure that’s been memed online because it’s actually lower than Curry’s entire point average during the Finals. But more than just missed shots, it’s a lack of aggression that’s stopping Tatum in his tracks. Between not finishing at the rim or passing up wide-open shots, Tatum’s lack of confidence is obvious. 

Inner confidence issues rarely get fixed in the middle of a seven-game series, little less the Finals, where everything is magnified. The greats like Michael Jordan and the aforementioned Kobe could probably do it, but a fringe superstar like Tatum won’t. Boston isn’t winning this game on the road with a so-so Tatum. No way. They’ll compete hard, as they’ve done throughout the series, but Golden State still takes the game. 

Golden State to beat Boston
-170
Bovada

How To Bet On 2022 NBA Finals?

We could possibly be two games away from the conclusion of the NBA season. That means, if you're going to bet on the NBA Finals, then it's really now or never! We've listed the best sportsbooks to get in on the NBA Finals betting action below for your convenience.

Each of these listed bookies is offering killer sign-up bonuses to new players. With these bonuses, you could net anywhere from $500 to $2500 in free play, which can then be staked on the Finals as you wish. Reference the underneath table to cash in before Game 5 (or Game 6)!