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June 27, 2019

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Vegas Play of the Day: NBA Finals Game 2

Curry

John Locher / AP

Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry shoots around Los Angeles Lakers center JaVale McGee during the second half of an NBA preseason basketball game Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2018, in Las Vegas.

The fifth season of the annual Play of the Day betting competition between the Sun's sports staff is now under way, effective July 1.

Bankrolls start at $10,000 for each of the four participants, with the objective to increase it as much as possible over the next year. The minimum daily wager is $300, with a $200 penalty assessed for failing to place a bet on an assigned day.

Past winners are Case Keefer in 2017-2018, Ray Brewer in 2016-2017 and 2015-2016, and Taylor Bern in 2014-2015.

Stephen Curry points-plus-assists under 38.5: $330 to win $300

It’s reasonable to expect fewer points scored in tonight’s Game 2 of the NBA Finals. A seven-game series is a battle of adjustments, and both coaches have shown an ability to pull the right ones in the past.

Only problem is, the over/under of offers no great bargain. Game 1 closed at 213.5, and after the Raptors’ 118-109 win over the Warriors, it seemed likely that it would climb a few points.

Since it hasn’t, the total has become close to a pass as far as betting.

That’s because there’s better value on taking under on some of the props. And no player has a higher points-related prop than Curry, who just snuck over 38.5 points and assists in Game 1 by a half-point.

Toronto made him work for everyone, regularly roughing him up, and that wears on a player over the course of a series. Curry has traditionally been up and down in the playoffs, and finals, and it should continue here.

Toronto is not going to give him free reign at Scotiabank Arena. This might be the best way to gamble on a lower-scoring Game 2.  

Current Standings: Keefer (35-38-2, $8,646), Brewer (24-23-2, $7,070), Emerson (11-10, $5,657), Grimala (23-25-1, $2,525)

Case Keefer can be reached at 702-948-2790 or [email protected]. Follow Case on Twitter at twitter.com/casekeefer.

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