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NBA: Golden State Warriors vs Boston Celtics | 9 June, 9 AM (PST)


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POTENTIAL STARTING LINEUPS: 

GOLDEN STATE WARRIORS: 

PG | Stephen Curry 

SG | Klay Thompson 

SF | Andrew Wiggins 

PF | Kevon Looney 

C | Draymond Green 

 

BOSTON CELTICS: 

PG | Marcus Smart 

SG | Jaylen Brown 

SF | Jayson Tatum 

PF | Al Horford 

C | Robert Williams III 

 

 

Flying all the way from San Francisco to face off with the Boston Celtics in their home arena for Game 3 of the 2022 NBA Finals is the Golden State Warriors. Both teams have traded shots in the two previous games, with Boston winning Game 1 and Golden State taking home Game 2. This has left fans at the edge of their seats, awaiting the results of this Thursday's game, played at the TD Garden Arena in Boston, Massachusetts.  

 

The series is now in a neck and neck race at 1-1. How did it get here? Boston was able to turn the tables on Golden State in the fourth quarter of Game 1, securing a final score of 108-120. As a reaction, Golden State clapped back with an explosive third quarter to a victory score of 107-88.  

 

In terms of players to watch out for, it is no surprise that Golden State’s superstar Stephan Curry has proven himself to be the MVP throughout the series, scoring 29 and 34 in the first two games while shooting 46% from beyond the arc. That being said, the Dubs secondary scorers Klay Thompson, Andrew Wiggins, and Jordan Poole have come up short so far, questioning whether or not they would be able to go up against the Celtic’s defense.  For Boston, Jayson Tatum scored 21 of his 28 points in the first half of Game 2, and Jaylen Brown added 17 for the Celtics. However, this was not enough to secure the win as the third quarter run of Golden state proved to be too much for the Celts to handle.  

 

Despite the dominant win in Game 2 of the Dubs and a massive helping hand from former NBA MVP Stephan Curry, the defense of Boston is not to be overlooked. The Celts have allowed 105.9 points per 100 possessions in the playoffs, leaving the opposing teams producing a mere 20.5 assists per game. Moreso, within the playoffs, the Celts average 6.4 blocked shots per game and hold the opposition to 43.4% from the floor and 32.9% from 3-point range. According to Caesars Sportsbook, Boston will be the 3.5-point home favorite while the over-under is 212.5 in the latest Warriors vs. Celtics odds. Taking this into consideration alongside the Warriors finishing the regular season with the second-worst ball security in the NBA, the bets are best placed on the Boston Celtics to win this home court game.  

 

9 AM (PST), June 9, 2022, TD Garden Arena in Boston, Massachusetts.

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