Golden State Warriors vs Boston Celtics: prediction for the NBA Finals
Golden State Warriors
The Golden State Warriors were one of the favorites to win the championship. The club easily defeated Denver (4-1), Memphis (4-2), and Dallas (4-1) on its way to the finals. The Warriors appeared unstoppable, but lost the first game against Boston (108-120).
Steve Kerr's team looked decent throughout the game and was in the lead heading into the fourth quarter, but then completely collapsed and lost 16-40. The team will be looking for redemption in the second home game.
The Boston Celtics are having a fantastic season, too. In previous playoff rounds, the Celtics knocked out such formidable opponents as Brooklyn (4-0), Milwaukee (4-3), and Miami (4-3). The visitors were considered outsiders heading into the final series, but Ime Udoki silenced their critics.
The Celtics put a lot of pressure on the Warriors and took advantage of their own attacking opportunities (120-108). In the upcoming game, Boston will strive to build on their success and increase their lead.
The Celtics overcame this total in the last 5 head-to-head games.
3 of the last 5 head-to-head games started with an accurate two-point shot.
In the opening game of the final series, Boston displayed strong character and a desire to win. However, we doubt they can win today - Golden State have received a wake-up call and will certainly play better in game two. Steve Kerr's men will avoid making the same mistakes twice in a row. The hosts should win in regulation time.
Our prediction – Golden State Warriors to win in regulation
While we expect the hosts to win, do not underestimate the Celtics. This is likely to be a high-scoring game, so take the over.
Second bet – total over 210.5 points