The 2022 NBA Finals are back Wednesday, June 8, 2022, with Game 3 at TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts, so we bring you the best Warriors vs. Celtics betting pick along with the latest team stats, news, and odds.
The series is tied after a couple of games at Chase Center in San Francisco. The Warriors open as 3.5-road underdogs for Wednesday’s contest, while the Celtics are listed as -155 moneyline favorites with a total of 212.5 points on MyBookie Sportsbook.
The Dubs shut down Boston in Game 2
After a huge fourth-quarter collapse in the opening game of the 2022 NBA Finals, the Golden State Warriors bounced back last Sunday and easily outlasted the Celtics 107-88 as 4.5-point home favorites. They outscored Boston 35-14 in the third quarter which ended with Jordan Poole’s midcourt 3-pointer.
Poole had 17 points on the night, going 5-for-9 from beyond the arc. Stephen Curry led the way with 29 points, six rebounds, four assists, and three steals, while Draymond Green added nine points, seven assists, and five boards. Klay Thompson had another disappointing game, shooting just 4-for-19 from the field and 1-for-8 from downtown.
The Warriors played tough defense in Game 2 and had a solid shot selection. They made 45.3% of their field goals and 40.5% of their triples (15-for-37) while outscoring the Celtics in the paint 40-24.
The Celtics fell apart following an opening victory
The Boston Celtics outscored the Warriors 40-16 in the fourth quarter of Game 1. They did a solid job in the first half of Game 2 and completely fell apart in the second. Boston finished Sunday’s battle with 24 assists and 19 turnovers while scoring only 38 points in the second half.
The Celtics went 15-for-37 from beyond the 3-point line last Sunday. But they had a paltry 24 points in the paint and allowed the Warriors to record a whopping 15 steals. Jayson Tatum didn’t get much help from his teammates, leading the way with 28 points, six rebounds, and three assists.
Jaylen Brown had 17 points on 5-for-17 shooting from the field in Game 2. Marcus Smart and Al Horford accounted for two points apiece, while Derrick White added 12 points off the bench. White and Horford combined for 47 points in Game 1.
- 6-2 ATS in the last eight games overall
- 1-4 ATS in the last five games played in June
Golden State Warriors vs. Boston Celtics Pick
The Celtics will have to be more consistent if they want to beat the Warriors in Game 3. Boston needs to take good care of the ball or will be in big trouble. Also, the Celtics have to attack the rim more than they did in Game 2.
On the other side, the Warriors just need to stay focused for all 48 minutes and continue with their aggressive approach on the defensive end. I lean toward the visitors, who have plenty of experience in the NBA Finals. We should see a tight battle in Game 3, which could be pivotal in the series.
Pick: Take Golden State Warriors +3.5 at -110
The opening contest went over the total, while Game 2 was a proper low-scoring affair. The Warriors and Celtics have averaged 95 possessions per 48 minutes through the first two games, so I would stick with the under in Game 3.
The total has gone under in 12 of the last 15 encounters between the Dubs and Celtics. These two teams were tied for the best defensive rating in the NBA this past regular season, allowing 106.9 points per 100 possessions each.
Pick: Go under 212.5 points at -110