Boston Celtics vs Golden State Warriors Prediction, 6/2/2022 Preview and Pick
Game: Boston Celtics vs Golden State Warriors
Date: Thursday, June 2, 2022
Location: Chase Center in San Francisco, CA
Odds/Point Spread: Boston (+4)
The Golden State Warriors will play the Boston Celtics at Chase Center on Thursday in Game 1 of the NBA Finals. Golden State is 4-point favorites. The total is 211.5.
The Celtics took the court against the Heat and walked away with a win by a score of 100-96 in their last game to close out their series in 7 games. When discussing fouls, the Celtics ended up with 26 and the Heat totaled 8 fouls. They also made 6 out of their 30 attempts from beyond the arc. Miami finished 66.7% at the charity stripe by knocking down 16 of 24 shots. In addition, Miami collected 37 boards (7 offensive, 30 defensive) and earned 6 blocks. Miami recorded 44 dimes and had 16 steals for the contest. With respect to defending, Boston allowed their opponent to shoot 42.0% from the field on 37 of 88 shooting. They also dished out 22 dimes in this contest while forcing 5 turnovers and earning 4 steals. In regard to pulling down rebounds, they collected 51 with 10 of them being of the offensive variety. At the free throw line, the Celtics converted 19 of 24 attempts for a rate of 79.2%. Boston finished the game having earned a 41.2% field goal percentage (35 out of 85) and converted 11 of their 32 3-point attempts.
Jayson Tatum is someone who came through for the contest. Tatum finished the game shooting 42.9% from the field and also totaled 6 dimes. He saw the court for 46 minutes played and also pulled down 10 boards. He left the arena with 26 points on 9 out of 21 shooting.
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Boston comes into this game with a record of 51-31 on the year. They average 111.8 points per game (12th in the league) while connecting on 46.6% from the field. The Celtics are shooting 35.6% on shots beyond the perimeter (1,085 of 3,044) and 81.6% from the charity stripe. As a unit, Boston is grabbing 46.1 rebounds per game and has accounted for 2,036 assists on the campaign, which is 14th in the NBA in terms of passing the ball. They lose possession by turning the ball over 13.6 times per game and as a group they are committing 18.5 fouls per contest.
On defense, the Celtics are forcing 13.8 turnovers on a nightly basis and they draw 19.4 fouls. They are giving up 33.9% on shots from downtown and they are 1st in the league in PPG allowed (104.5). The Celtics are giving up a FG percentage of 43.4% (3,137 of 7,221) and they concede 43.7 boards per game as a group. They are currently ranked 1st in the league in giving up assists to the opposition with 1,773 conceded so far this season.
When they last stepped on the court, the Warriors walked away with a victory by a final of 120-110 when they played the Mavericks to close out their series. The Warriors recorded 37 defensive boards and 14 offensive rebounds totaling 51 in this contest. They also coughed up the ball 10 times, while recording 6 steals for the contest. The Mavericks were called for 7 personal fouls in this game which took the Warriors to the charity stripe for 16 tries. They were able to knock down 16 of the free throws for a clip of 100.0%. Pertaining to shots from beyond the perimeter, Golden State made 14 of 36 tries (38.9%). When all was said and done, the Warriors ended up shooting 45 for 88 from the floor which gave them a rate of 51.1%. The Warriors allowed the Mavericks to knock down 37 out of 82 tries from the floor which had them at 45.1% in this contest. They finished the game shooting 40.5% from 3-point land by going 17 out of 42 and walked away from this one shooting 19 out of 25 at the charity stripe (76.0%). In reference to cleaning up the glass, Golden State allowed Dallas to get 28 in total (6 offensive).
Klay Thompson was important for the Warriors for the matchup. Thompson earned 32 points in his 37 mins of playing time and had 3 assists for the matchup. He converted 12 of 25 in this contest for a field goal rate of 48.0%, and had 2 rebounds.
Golden State has a record of 53-29 for the year. On the offensive side of the ball, the Warriors are connecting on 46.9% from the floor, which is 10th in the league. Golden State has accounted for 9,102 pts this year (111.0 per game) and they average 45.5 rebounds per contest. Their rate of assisting teammates is at 27.1 times per contest (5th in the NBA) and they lose possession by turning the ball over 14.9 times per contest. The Warriors have committed 21.0 fouls per contest and they go 76.9% from the free throw line.
The Golden State defense allows 33.9% on shots from 3-point land (1,000 of 2,948) and opponents are knocking down 75.9% of their shots from the free throw line. They concede 22.9 assists and 42.6 boards every game, ranking them 2nd and 5th in the NBA. The Warriors on the defensive end are ranked 3rd in basketball in points per game surrendered with 105.5. They are forcing their opponents into 14.5 TO's per game and allow teams to shoot 43.8% from the floor (2nd in the league).
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Golden State (-4)
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