The Golden State Warriors drew level in Game 2 at the Chase Center and now will play the Boston Celtics at home in Game 3 of the NBA finals. This matchup which promised to be a back and forth series with both teams making adjustments after each game will take the stage again at the TD Garden where the Celtics will hope to regain their lead in the series while the Warriors will be hoping to steal a win on the road.
The match starts at 9:00 p.m. ET on Wednesday, 8 June 2022. The game time by GMT is 1:00 a.m. on Thursday, June 9. The match venue is TD Garden, Boston, MA.
Betting tips and match predictions for the Boston Celtics vs Golden State Warriors (June 8) game are available in this article. The latest betting odds, key stats, team news, and projected starting lineups are previewed below.
Boston Celtics vs Golden State Warriors latest odds on betting sites
The Celtics money line odds are priced at 1.64 (-156 American; 16/25 Fractional), while the Warriors money line odds are priced at 2.35 (+135; 27/20). This equals approximate probabilities of 60% against 40% respectively.
- Over 212.5 points — 1.90 (-111; 9/10)
- Under 212.5 points — 1.90 (-111; 9/10)
1st half money line:
- Boston Celtics — 1.62 (-161 American; 31/50 Fractional)
- Golden State Warriors — 2.40 (+140; 14/10)
- Boston Celtics -3.5: 1.90 (-111; 9/10)
- Golden State Warriors +3.5: 1.90 (-111; 9/10)
Boston Celtics vs Golden State Warriors match preview and statistics
The Celtics had a terrible breakdown in the second half in Game 2, the third quarter was a nightmare for the Boston Celtics and Ime Udoka is furious with the team’s lacklustre display in the third quarter. The Celtics trailed by 21 points in the third which potentially sealed the Warriors' win.
Jayson Tatum had his bounce-back game and led the team with 28 points, 6 rebounds and a steal while Jaylen Brown added 17 points and 6 boards.
Derrick White from the bench dropped 12 points, 4 boards and a steal while Al Horford got 8 boards and 2 points.
Team statistics: 30/80 (37.5%) field goals, 15/37 (40.5%) 3 pointers, 13/17 (76.5%) free throws, 24 assists, 43 total rebounds, 5 steals, 7 blocks, 18 turnovers, 18 fouls.
Boston Celtics team news: Robert Williams III is on a day to day evaluation.
The Warriors took care of business in Game 2 and avoided falling into the 2-0 hole with a dominant performance, especially in the third quarter which led to them sealing the win with a 19 points lead. The Warriors forced the Celtics to be below 38% from the field, to sum up, the impressive defensive effort by the Warriors.
Stephen Curry led the Warriors with 29 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists and 3 steals continuing his fine form in this series while Kevon Looney added 12 points, 7 rebounds and 3 steals.
Jordan Poole was pivotal to the win with 17 bench points and 3 assists.
Team statistics: 39/86 (45.3%) field goals, 15/37 (40.5%) 3 pointers, 14/20 (70.0%) free throws, 25 assists, 42 total rebounds, 2 blocks, 15 steals, 12 turnovers, 17 fouls.
Golden State Warriors team news: James Wiseman is ruled out for the match while Andre Iguodala, Gary Payton II and Otto Porter Jr are on a day to day evaluation.
Boston Celtics vs Golden State Warriors H2H
The last time the Warriors played the Celtics in the NBA finals, was in the 1963/1964 season in which the Celtics won in the finals and they closed out the series in five games. This series is on level terms 1-1.
Boston Celtics vs Golden State Warriors lineups and key players
Boston Celtics projected starting lineup:
- Point guard: Marcus Smart
- Shooting guard: Jaylen Brown
- Small forward: Jayson Tatum
- Power forward: Al Horford
- Center: Robert Williams III
Jayson Tatum is the key player to watch out for. The Celtics' role players haven’t been all that consistent and they were really poor in Game 2, this is why Jayson Tatum is the most reliable player on the offensive ends for the Celtics. Heading into Game 2, the team needs him to have a blow-up game to secure the win.
Golden State Warriors projected starting lineup:
- Point guard: Stephen Curry
- Shooting guard: Klay Thompson
- Small forward: Andrew Wiggins
- Power forward: Draymond Green
- Center: Kevon Looney
Stephen Curry is the key player to watch out for. The Warriors' offence flows through Stephen Curry, he has dropped 31.5ppg in the two games played against the Celtics. The Warriors need him to keep performing on such a high level as they move forward in the series.
Boston Celtics vs Golden State Warriors predictions and betting tips
The Celtics had a bad game as a team in Game 2, and with the kind of basketball they play, the team’s effort is key to them winning games. In Game 2, the Celtics had only 2 players from the starting five with double digits in points while the role players struggled to get it going on the offensive ends. Marcus Smart and Al Horford are pivotal to the Celtics' Offense and for them to regain the lead in the series, the role players will need to step up.
An obvious adjustment the Warriors made was on defence, they mounted pressure on the Celtics ball handlers, forcing them to turn over the ball 18 times which resulted in 33 points off turnovers for the Warriors. The Celtics will be playing at home in Game 3, if they can address their turnovers and can successfully dominate the paint, I back the Celtics to take Game 3. Predictions for this game are the Boston Celtics to win and over 212.5 points.
Betting prediction: Boston Celtics to win
Odds: 1.64 (-156 American; 16/25 Fractional)
Betting prediction: Over 212.5 points
Odds: 1.90 (-111 American; 9/10 Fractional)