2022 NBA Finals: Golden State Warriors at Boston Celtics Game 3 Preview
Tonight, the 2022 NBA Finals head to the East Coast where the Warriors will be visiting the Celtics for Game 3. The Celtics took Game 1 on the road, thanks to fantastic fourth-quarter performance from Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum. In Game 2, the Warriors comfortably won to make the series even at one-a-piece. Golden State will have a tough battle ahead of them tonight. Let's take a look at some of tonight's best bets.
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Game: Golden State Warriors at Boston Celtics -3.5 (Series Tied 1-1)
Bet #1: Golden State Warriors +3.5 (-110)
After defeating the Warriors on the road in Game 1, Boston conceded Game 2 at the Chase Arena 88-107. The Celtics were overwhelmed by the Warriors’ defense in Game 2 that produced 15 steals to force 18 turnovers from Udoka’s men in green. The Warriors won the game and scored more than 107 points. Even though they converted a respectable 45.3% of their shots from the field, Golden State is capable of scoring more and doing so more efficiently from the field.
Expect the Warriors to score big tonight and actually improve on what was an already strong shooting night in Game 2. Still, that won’t be enough to outdo the Boston Celtics on the road. Another source of concern for the Warriors is that Andre Iguodala, Gary Payton II, and Otto Porter Jr are all listed as questionable heading into tonight. Each of them have served an important role especially for Golden State’s defense. The Celtics could see more openings on the floor if any of those guys are missing tonight.
Bet #2: Over (O/U) 213 Total Points (-110)
Though only 205 points were scored between both teams in Game 2, the Celtics slapped the Warriors 120-108 in Game 1 of the series for a total of 228 points scored that night. Stephen Curry is starting to really warm up from downtown. In Game 2, he went 5-of-12 from deep to finish the night with 29 points. Overall, he shot below his average, but his three-point shooting in Game 2 points to good things to come for the Warriors’ best players. Klay Thompson (4-19 FG) had a rough night only converting on four FGA for 11 points in 30 minutes. Still, Klay Thompson is shooting superbly throughout these playoffs. This is a remarkable achievement for a guy who hasn't since 2019 before late this season.
Wild stat: Klay Thompson’s 3-PT shooting in the 2022 playoffs 🎯
42% when he doesn’t dribble
30% when he dribbles#NBAFinals #Warriors #DubNation #KlayThompson pic.twitter.com/MrPoo0tjpo
— Fadeaway World (@FadeawayWorld) June 8, 2022
Likewise, the Celtics will certainly shoot better than the 37.5% they shot for as a team in Game 2 for 88 points of total scoring. Jayson Tatum (8-19 FG) and Jaylen Brown (5-17 FG) combined for 13-of-36 shooting from the field on Sunday, which simply won’t be enough against Stephen Curry and the Warriors.