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Golden State Warriors vs Boston Celtics 6/5/22 NBA Picks, Predictions, Odds

Boston Celtics (64-37) vs. Golden State Warriors (65-34)
June 5, 2022 8:00 pm EDT
The Line: Golden State Warriors -4.5; Over/Under: -212.5
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The Boston Celtics and the Golden State Warriors duke it out in Game 2 of the NBA Finals at the Chase Center on Sunday night.

The Boston Celtics will be looking to take a commanding 2-0 series lead after upsetting the Warriors in a shocking 120-108 win in Game 1 on Thursday. Al Horford led the way with a team-high 26 points on nine of 12 shooting, Jaylen Brown added 24 points with seven rebounds and five assists, Derrick White provided the spark off the bench with 21 points while Jayson Tatum chipped in with 12 points and 13 assists. As a team, the Celtics shot 50 percent from the field and a sizzling 21 of 41 from the 3-point line as they did their best to hang in the contest despite being down by 15 points in the third quarter which paid off as they exploded for 40 points in the fourth quarter thanks to a late barrage from Horford who finished with six 3-pointers. Tatum had a rough shooting night as he shot just three of 17 from the field, but he kept his teammates involved with his 13 assists.

Meanwhile, the Golden State Warriors will be hoping for a better performance after their shock loss to the Celtics in Game 1. Stephen Curry drained seven 3-pointers to lead the team with 34 points and five assists, Andrew Wiggins added 20 points while Klay Thompson chipped in with 15 points. As a team, the Warriors shot 44 percent from the field and 19 of 45 from the 3-point line as they poured in 38 points in the third quarter to build a 15-point lead, only to get blown out by 40-16 in a nightmarish fourth quarter to lose big in the end. Draymond Green had a rough night as he scored just four points on two of 12 shooting and the Warriors got next to nothing from their bench as Jordan Poole scored just nine points on two of seven shooting, so we could see more minutes for Otto Porter Jr. who drained four 3-pointers to finish with 12 points in his first game back.  

Looking at the betting trends, the Celtics are 34-16-1 ATS in their last 51 road games, 9-1-1 ATS in their last 11 games as a road underdog and 4-1 ATS in their last five games overall. The Warriors are 4-1 ATS in their last five home games, 5-2 ATS in their last seven games against a team with a winning record and 5-2 ATS in their last seven games overall.

Head to head, the under is 16-5 in the last 21 meetings overall, the Celtics are 12-3-2 ATS in the last 17 meetings overall and the Celtics are 9-1 ATS in the last 10 meetings in Golden State. 

The Celtics would’ve taken so much confidence from their gritty win in Game 1 as they were able to withstand a big night from Curry thanks to some great team defense and some great shooting from the veteran Horford. What made the win more impressive was that they were able to get it done despite a poor shooting night from Tatum, so the Celtics clearly have all the momentum now. Meanwhile, the Warriors will be kicking themselves as they were seemingly in full control until late in the third quarter when coach Kerr decided to rest all their scorers at the same time which opened the door for the Celtics to come back. Curry was kept relatively quiet after exploding for 21 points in the first quarter, so we really have to point the finger of blame at players like Green and Poole who shot a combined four of 19 on Thursday.

The Celtics were able to steal home-court advantage in Game 1, but the Warriors were the better team for most of that game and I really don’t see them losing two home games in a row, especially with what is at stake. There are plenty of betting trends in favor of the Celtics, but I expect to see a bounce-back performance from the Warriors, especially from players like Green and Poole. This should be a close one, but I’ll go with the Warriors to square things up here.  

Peter Tran's Free Pick:
Golden State -4.5
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