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Carlos Boozer leads NBA finals playoff predictions for DraftKings Sportsbook prop bet contest

The NBA is into the conference finals and Friday brings Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals. We break down some media predictions for Lakers vs. Nuggets

The Los Angeles Lakers’ LeBron James works agains the Miami Heat’s Jimmy Butler in the first quarter at the AmericanAirlines Arena in Miami on Friday, Dec. 13, 2019. David Santiago/Miami Herald/Tribune News Service via Getty Images

The 2020 NBA Finals are upon us. The Orlando bubble comes to a close over the next two weeks as the Los Angeles Lakers and Miami Heat square off for the Larry O’Brien Championship Trophy.

The Finals tip on Wednesday evening at 9 p.m. ET on ABC. DraftKings Sportsbook is getting together a group of media insiders to offer up their predictions for the contest. Most notably, former NBA star Carlos Boozer will be taking part. Here the ten prop bets insiders will be picking for Wednesday evening’s Game 1 in Orlando.

  1. Who will win: Heat OR Lakers
  2. Who will cover the spread: Heat (+5.5) OR Lakers (-5.5)
  3. Nuggets-Lakers total points: Over 217.5 OR Under 217.5
  4. Who will have more points: LeBron James OR Jimmy Butler
  5. Anthony Davis points: Over 26.5 OR Under 26.5
  6. Tyler Herro points: Over 17.5 OR Under 17.5
  7. Who will have the most assists: Goran Dragic, Jimmy Butlerm Bam Adebayo, LeBron James, Rajon Rondo, Any other player
  8. Who will have the most rebounds: Bam Adebayo, Jimmy Butler, LeBron James, Anthony Davis, Anthony Davis, Dwight Howard, Any other player

Each media member made picks for each prop bet, and below is their lock pick for Wednesday with some reasons why. We’ll update as new picks come in.

2020 NBA media pool, Finals picks

Outlet First Name Last Name Twitter Lock Pick Rationale
Outlet First Name Last Name Twitter Lock Pick Rationale
USA Today Geoff Clark @Geoffery_Clark Tyler Herro to have more points & assists than Kyle Kuzma Herro isn't just the better player but he has more responsibility for his team. Herro will most likely be in the starting lineup, Kuzma will not be. Kuzma has played 30-plus minutes just once this postseason and Herro has played 30-plus in all but two playoff games this year. Herro >>> Kuzma in Game 4.
RotoWire Nick Whalen @wha1en Tyler Herro to have more points and assists than Kyle Kuzma I know Kuzma just had his best scoring game of the playoffs, but this is an absolute no-brainer. For the postseason, Herro is averaging 20.1 combined points + assists to Kuzma's 11.5. Herro has at least three assists in 15 of 19 playoff games, while Kuzma has reached that number only once in 18 games. Kuzma didn't have a single assist in Game 3, and he's recorded one or fewer in seven of his last eight games. On top of that, Herro is averaging 14 more minutes and seven more field goal attempts per game in the Finals.
PlayUSA Grant Lucas @GrantDLucas LeBron over 26.5 points So LeBron trash-talked in the first quarter, only for Jimmy Butler to throw that smack-talk back as the Heat went on to win in Game 2. You think LeBron is just going to absorb that hit? Expect a flurry of haymakers from the King.
(TBC) Matt Brown @MattBrownM2 Lakers to win The Lakers were mentally checked out of Game 3. They saw the news. Read the websites. This series was going to be a sweep. Well, Jimmy Butler wasn't going out like that. The Heat were going to win a game in this series if one of LeBron or AD just totally tanked. Well, they got just that when AD got into early foul trouble had his worst games since they entered the bubble. LeBron had eight turnovers, while the Lakers as a whole had 19. That won't happen again, and LeBron and AD will lead the superior team to victory.
PlayNJ Bill Gelman @bill_gelman Lakers to win 1 victory away from locking up the NBA championship in five games
Fantasy NBA Today Dan Besbris @danbesbris Lakers will make more 3-pointers Miami has settled on a new defensive scheme... throw every player they have at LeBron and AD and give up wide (and I mean WIDE) open threes to non-superstar Lakers. LA has been hoisting threes at a record clip and it's not coincidence. Miami has decided they're comfortable with giving up those looks as long as it keeps Anthony Davis from taking over near the rim. I suppose this bet would be an easier one if it was "who will TAKE more threes" but we'll roll with it, anyway, knowing LA is set to fire away from downtown and, heaven willing, a few will go in.
Rotoworld Fantasy Basketball Podcast Steve Alexander LeBron will have the most points, rebounds and assists He was so mad at the end of Game 3 that he left the court early. He’s not going to let Jimmy Butler do it to him again.
Pushing the Odds - Sports Map Radio Matt Perrault @sportstalkmatt Lakers ML Lakers win Game 4 no matter who Miami plays. The Lakers just have more talent as a unit for Miami.
PlayUSA Brant James @brantjames Lakers to win Jimmy Butler elevated his play to pull the Heat back in the series and LeBron James is certain to respond.
Bleacher Report Zach Buckley @ZachBuckleyNBA Tyler Herro more points and assists than Kyle Kuzma If this was points alone, I'd still lean Herro, but at least Kuzma would have a puncher's chance. The addition of assists, though, makes Herro the easy choice. Kuzma dropped four-plus dimes only four times the entire season; Herro has had at least four assists in nine different games this postseason. Tack on the fact Herro has played 43 more minutes than Kuzma this series, and it's a no-brainer.