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2022 NBA Finals props: Jayson Tatum (points), Draymond Green (assists), Al Horford (rebounds) favored as Celtics-Warriors series leaders

Steph Curry is favored as the 2022 NBA Finals MVP but not favored to lead in one of the three major statistical categories.
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About the only thing that future Hall of Famer Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors hasn't won in his brilliant career is the NBA Finals MVP award. He is the +100 favorite at Caesars Sportsbook to win it in the 2022 series against Boston, which begins Thursday from San Francisco – the first-ever NBA Finals game in that city. The Celtics' Jayson Tatum is favored to be the series' top scorer, Boston's Al Horford to lead in rebounding and Golden State's Draymond Green to be the leader in assists.

Tatum's 27.0 points per game average in this postseason is the highest of any player in the NBA Finals. His single-game high was 46 in the second round vs. Milwaukee. Tatum figures to be guarded mostly by Andrew Wiggins in this series as Wiggins was the primary defender on Mavericks star Luka Doncic in the Western Conference Finals. Wiggins might have a bit of a personal agenda in the Finals as in 2012, a 14-year-old Tatum tweeted: "Jabari Parker is better (than) Andrew Wiggins." Wiggins went first overall in the 2014 draft and Parker second, and Wiggins has had the way better career.

Curry is +130 to be the leading point scorer in the series and is averaging 25.9 points in the postseason. Curry has scored 20 or more points in 100 career playoff games, becoming the 16th player in NBA history to reach the milestone.

While Tatum has no NBA Finals experience, Curry has averaged 26.5 points in 28 Finals games. Curry is currently tied with George Mikan for 14th on the all-time NBA Finals points list with 741. Curry is the all-time NBA Finals leader in 3-point field goals (121), 3-pointers in a single game (9) and 3-point attempts in a single game (17). There's a big drop-off to Boston's Jaylen Brown (+900) on the top scorer prop.

The Celtics' Horford, in his first NBA Finals at age 35, is the +130 favorite to lead in rebounds, just ahead of the Warriors' Kevon Looney (+150), a pending free agent. The 141 playoff games Horford played were the most ever for a player before his first Finals berth. He also will be the first player to represent the Dominican Republic in the Finals. Horford is averaging 9.6 boards this postseason and Looney 7.7, but Looney was up to 10.6 in the West Finals. Tatum is +800 to lead in rebounds (and a +180 second favorite for MVP).

Finally, for assists, Golden State's Green is +130 to lead in the category with Curry at +280, Boston's Marcus Smart +300, and Tatum +400. Green is averaging 6.3 assists in the playoffs, Curry 6.2, Smart 6.2 and Tatum 5.9. Green is Golden State's all-time leader in postseason assists with 855. 

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