The Golden State Warriors are back in the NBA Finals after a two year hiatus. Their opponents, the Boston Celtics in what should be a fantastic series!
Check out our full series preview and betting picks below.
NBA Finals Betting Picks
Golden State Warriors vs Boston Celtics
Game 1: Thursday, June 2: Boston vs. Golden State, 9 ET, ABC
Game 2: Sunday, June 5: Boston vs. Golden State, 8 ET, ABC
Game 3: Wednesday, June 8: Golden State vs. Boston, 9 ET, ABC
Game 4: Friday, June 10: Golden State vs. Boston, 9 ET, ABC
Game 5: Monday, June 13: Boston vs. Golden State, 9 ET, ABC (If necessary)
Game 6: Thursday, June 16: Golden State vs. Boston, 9 ET, ABC (If necessary)
Game 7: Sunday, June 19: Boston vs. Golden State, 8 ET, ABC (If necessary)
Golden State Warriors
The Warriors have done an unbelievable job to get back into the finals just two years after it looked like their dominant run was over. With Steph Curry in MVP caliber form and Klay Thompson really starting to regain his touch after recovering from injury, it’s no wonder the Warriors will start as favorites to win the NBA Championship.
After two full seasons out of the game, Klay took some time to find his feet back on an NBA court, but he had a psuedo coming out party in the final game of the Western Conference Finals, scoring 32 points on 12/25 shooting to lead his team to a 4-1 series win.
There’s no doubt that the Warriors have had an easier road to the finals. They came up against a Nuggets team without two of their key players in Jamal Murray and Michael Porter Jr before playing a Grizzlies team which lost their star point guard Ja Morant mid-way through the series. Will that hold them in good stead or will the significant lack of high pressure playoff basketball actually hinder them?
Road to the Finals:
dft. Denver Nuggets 4-1
dft. Memphis Grizzlies 4-2
dft. Dallas Cowboys 4-1
The Celtics road to the Finals has been much more gruelling. They breezed past the Nets in Round 1 in four games, but have since played in two thrilling seven game series against the Milwaukee Bucks and Miami Heat.
Jayson Tatum continued to announce himself as a genuine superstar of the league throughout the three series, averaging 27.0 points per game as well as 6.7 rebounds and 5.9 assists. However, arguably the most important player for the Celtics throughout the playoffs so far has been Al Horford.
He has completed brilliant defensive missions on Kevin Durant, Giannis Antetokounmpo and Bam Adebayo through the three series so far, and his size could really test Golden State on the defensive end in this series.
Road to the Finals:
dft. Brooklyn Nets 4-0
dft. Milwaukee Bucks 4-3
dft. Miami Heat 4-3
Defensively, I think the Boston Celtics match up fantastically against the Warriors. Marcus Smart has had real success in defending Steph Curry in recent history, and Boston also has plenty of length in Tatum, Brown and Grant Williams to throw at the Golden State wings.
Golden State finding defensive matchups for the Boston wings will be a lot more challenging. Klay Thompson is certainly starting to find his form offensively, but on defense he has looked like a shell of his former self. The sheer size of some of the line-ups that Boston can throw out on the floor will also trouble the Warriors.
With both Williams, Horford as well as big wings in Tatum and Brown all playing big minuntes, the Warriors wil have to play the likes of Nemanja Bjelica a lot more than what they will have desired. I love the value of the Celtics to win this series.