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NBA Finals | Best Bets for Boston/Dallas Game 1

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Our Basketball tipster picks out his top picks for this year’s opening NBA Finals between the Boston Celtics and the Dallas Mavericks

It’s almost NBA Finals time, as the Boston Celtics take on the Dallas Mavericks for a chance to claim the NBA Championship.

After landing some winners across the last couple of weeks and claiming a nice +650 selection in the NBA Playoffs Longshots, our basketball tipster is back with three picks for Game 1.

Here are the best bets for the opening game of the 2024 NBA Finals.


If we went off the odds, the Celtics are the clear favourites in this matchup. But there is definitely some value in taking the Mavs on the spread here.

Dallas have won their last five road games on the bounce and while they lost both games to Boston in the regular season, this could be closer than anticipated.

The Celtics may have only lost two postseason games this campaign, but they did come at home – both were in Game 2 so they were relatively early on in the series.

Luka Doncic should be fully rested after battling a few injuries and even with the impending return of Kristaps Porzingis, we could see Dallas fly out of the traps here.

Take the underdogs to cover the spread here.

TIP: Dallas Mavericks +6.5 (-112, FanDuel)


For some reason, P.J. Washington has been handed a low points line once again.

The Mavericks recruit has recorded an average of 15.7 points per game across his last 10 contests, and he has scored at least 12 points in three of his last five road games.

His record against the Celtics is even better – as he has put up at least 14 points in nine of his last ten games against Boston.

Washinghton should remain in the points here, and surpass his over line in this contest.

TIP: P.J. Washington Over 11.5 Points (-115, FanDuel)

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