Golden State Warriors at Boston Celtics - 6/8/22 NBA Picks and Prediction

Golden State Warriors at Boston Celtics - 6/8/22 NBA Picks and Prediction Photo by Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports

Boston Celtics (64-38) vs Golden State Warriors (66-34)

Game Info: Wednesday, June 8, 2022 at 9:00 pm (TD Garden)

Betting Odds: Boston Celtics -3.5 -- Over/Under: 212.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

The Golden State Warriors travel to the TD Garden to battle the Boston Celtics in a pivotal Game 3 of the NBA Finals on Wednesday night.

The Golden State Warriors needed to respond after getting ambushed in Game 1 and they did just that, blowing past the Celtics in a 107-88 win in Game 2 on Sunday. Stephen Curry led the way with 29 points, six rebounds and four assists, Jordan Poole drained five 3-pointers to finish with 17 points off the bench while Kevon Looney chipped in with 12 points, seven rebounds and three steals. As a team, the Warriors shot 45 percent from the field and 15 of 37 from the 3-point line, but this win was all about their defense as they started a 43-14 run late in the second quarter to put the game out of reach early. The only real blemish from the dominant win was the play of Klay Thompson who finished with just 11 points on four of 19 shooting from the field and one of eight shooting from the 3-point line.  

Meanwhile, the Boston Celtics will be kicking themselves as they know that they missed out on a big chance to take a 2-0 series lead. Jayson Tatum bounced back from his poor performance in Game 1 to lead the team with 28 points, six rebounds and three assists, Jaylen Brown added 17 points while Derrick White scored 12 points, but no other player scored more than six points. As a team, the Celtics shot just 37 percent from the field and 15 of 37 from the 3-point line, but they were always on the back foot after committing seven turnovers in the first quarter and 19 turnovers for the game. Tatum drained six 3-pointers but had next to no help from his teammates as Brown shot just five of 17 from the field, while Marcus Smart and Al Horford scored just two points apiece.

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Looking at the betting trends, the Warriors are 1-5 ATS in their last six road games, 7-3 ATS in their last 10 games as an underdog and 6-2 ATS in their last eight games overall. The Celtics are 38-18-2 ATS in their last 58 games against a team with a winning record, 4-0 ATS in their last four games following a loss of more than 10 points and 16-7-1 ATS in their last 24 games overall.

Head to head, the under is 20-8 in the last 28 meetings overall, the Warriors are 1-5-1 ATS in the last seven meetings overall and the Warriors are 1-3-1 ATS in the last five meetings in Boston.

The Warriors were able to square up the series thanks to a big game from Curry and some stellar defense to hold the Celtics to just 14 points in the pivotal third quarter on Sunday. Poole and Green were able to bounce back from their poor performances in Game 1 and they were able to rest Curry for the entire fourth quarter, but the Warriors are still waiting on Thompson to snap out of his shooting slump after shooting just four of 19 on Sunday.

The Celtics had all the momentum going into Game 2, but they didn’t take care of the ball and got burned in the third quarter where they managed just 14 points. Horford was held to just two points after torturing the Warriors in the series opener and Smart finished with more turnovers (5) than points and to make matters worse, Robert Williams is listed as questionable with a knee injury after colliding with Smart.

The Warriors had their backs against the wall after dropping Game 1 and they were able to bounce back in fine fashion with a dominant win on Sunday, so now it’s up to the Celtics to bounce back at home where they have lost two of their last three games in these playoffs. You can expect better games from the Celtics’ supporting cast now that they’re back at home, but Thompson is long overdue for a big game and I think he plays a key role in the Warriors stealing back home-court advantage here.

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Peter’s Pick Golden State +3.5

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