Golden State Warriors vs Boston Celtics: prediction for the NBA Finals
The Boston Celtics take on the Golden State Warriors at the Chase Center on Thursday night. What to expect from the first game of the final series? We made predictions for this game, which you can find below.
Golden State Warriors
The Golden State Warriors cruised to the NBA Finals. Memphis was the only team to show some resistance - the Grizzlies won two games against Golden State. The Dallas Mavericks and the Denver Nuggets both lost 4:1.
The Warriors' success was due to their excellent team play and solid defense. In previous matches, they didn't give their opponents enough space, thus suffocating their attacks.
At the start of the regular season, the Boston Celtics didn't look like a team capable of making it past the first round of the playoffs, often sitting outside the top-10 in the East. Many fans questioned Ime Udoka's capabilities as head coach.
Eventually, however, the Celtics found their form and defeated Milwaukee, Brooklyn, and Miami to reach the finals. Defeating the Warriors will require extra effort from Jayson Tatum and his teammates.
In the last 4 games, the Warriors scored over 107.5 points.
Smart has averaged 8 rebounds against the Warriors.
Tatum averages 5 assists against the Warriors.
In the first game of the series, Boston does not seem to have much of a chance. Steve Kerr's side is unstoppable at the Chase Center. They have won every playoff game there, and are on a winning streak of 11 straight. We expect this streak to continue.
Our prediction — handicap (-2) to Golden State
Warriors' defense is one of the best in the NBA. They conceded 101.6 points on average in their last five home games. We expect the team to maintain its defensive style. The under is the pick.
Second wager — total under 216.5 points