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NBA Conference Finals Podcast Recap: Key Insights, Players, and Predictions

NBA Conference Finals Podcast Recap: Key Insights, Players, and Predictions


Welcome to the NBA podcast on RJ Bell's Dream Preview! I'm your host, Manav Manji, back in the saddle to get you ready for Game 3 of the NBA Conference Finals. We have an exciting lineup this weekend with the Eastern Conference Finals between the Indiana Pacers and Boston Celtics on Saturday night, followed by the Western Conference Finals between the Dallas Mavericks and Minnesota Timberwolves on Sunday night. Joining me to break everything down is my guy, Sleepy J.

Podcast Overview


  • Manav Manji: Podcast host and NBA analyst.
  • Sleepy J.: Co-host, sports betting expert.


  • 0:09 - 1:22: Introduction and overview of the weekend games.
  • 1:22 - 1:41: Sleepy J. checks in, discussing his weekend plans and thoughts on the conference finals.
  • 1:41 - 2:58: Recap of previous picks, including successes and losses.

Eastern Conference Finals: Celtics vs. Pacers

Key Points:

  • Game 2 Recap (4:06 - 6:53): The Celtics secured a decisive 126-110 victory, led by Jalen Brown's 40 points. Jason Tatum contributed 23 points despite a less efficient shooting night.
  • Injury Updates (6:54 - 7:14): Tyrese Halliburton's status is questionable with a hamstring injury, significantly impacting the Pacers' chances. For the Celtics, Drew Holiday is also questionable due to illness.


  • Jalen Brown: 40 points, 14/27 FG.
  • Jason Tatum: 23 points, 9/20 FG.
  • Derek White: 23 points, 6 assists.

Discussion Highlights:

  • Tatum's Performance (10:18 - 14:50): Both hosts discussed Tatum's need to be more aggressive and drive to the basket, especially given the Pacers' lack of rim protection.
  • Boston's Depth (14:51 - 17:42): The Celtics' depth, including significant contributions from Derek White and Al Horford, has been a major advantage.
  • Pacers' Challenges (19:16 - 19:35): Without Halliburton, the Pacers' offensive flow may struggle, but their home record offers some hope.

Predictions for Game 3:

  • Manav: Likes the over 222.5 points, citing both teams' pace and Boston's offensive efficiency.
  • Sleepy J. (18:32 - 19:16): Suggests caution with bets due to Halliburton's uncertain status but leans towards Boston -7 if Halliburton is out.

Western Conference Finals: Mavericks vs. Timberwolves

Key Points:

  • Game 2 Recap (19:35 - 20:37): The Mavericks overcame an 18-point deficit to win 109-108, led by Luka Doncic's clutch performance.
  • Minnesota's Struggles: Anthony Edwards and Karl-Anthony Towns have struggled to match the consistency and impact of Luka and Kyrie Irving.


  • Luka Doncic: Game-winning three-pointer, dominant performance.
  • Nas Reid: 7/9 3PT shooting in Game 2.

Discussion Highlights:

  • Dallas' Clutch Play (22:02 - 26:12): The Mavericks' ability to close out games with Luka and Kyrie has been the difference-maker.
  • Minnesota's Adjustments (26:13 - 29:21): The Timberwolves need better performances from Edwards and Towns, and possible strategic shifts to counter Dallas' stars.

Predictions for Game 3:

  • Manav (29:21 - 31:47): Backs Minnesota +3, expecting a strong response in a must-win game.
  • Sleepy J.: Prefers the under 208.5, anticipating a tighter, more defensive game.

Best Bets and Player Props

Best Bets:

  • Manav: Over 222.5 points in Celtics vs. Pacers, trusting both teams' scoring capabilities.
  • Sleepy J.: Takes a cautious approach, focusing on player props due to uncertainties.

Player Prop Best Bet (35:49 - 38:09):

  • TJ McConnell Over 5.5 Assists: Regardless of Halliburton's status, McConnell's playmaking role is expected to be crucial. With Halliburton limited or out, McConnell should see increased minutes and opportunities.


This weekend promises intense action in both the Eastern and Western Conference Finals. Make sure to use the promo code PLAYOFFS20 at for a 20% discount on all sports betting picks and packages. Stay tuned for our next episode, and enjoy the games!

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