Game 3 of the NBA Finals tips off Wednesday as the Boston Celtics will host the Golden State Warriors. With the Celtics owning a perfect 6-0 playoff record following a loss, they will be extra tough at home with the series tied at one.
NBA Finals odds have the Warriors as favorites to win the series, but NBA betting lines have the Celtics as 3.5-point favorites for Game 3.
Warriors vs. Celtics Where, When, How to Watch
Location: TD Garden, Boston, MA | Date: Wednesday, June 8, 2022
Time: 9:00 p.m. ET | TV: ABC
Warriors vs. Celtics Odds, Moneyline, Over/Under
Spread: Warriors +3.5 (-110) | Celtics -3.5 (-110)
Moneyline: Warriors (+135) | Celtics (-160)
Total: Over 212.5 (-110) | Under 212.5 (-110)
Warriors vs. Celtics Analysis
Despite Sunday’s lopsided victory, the Warriors enter Game 3 as 3.5-point road underdogs. In these playoffs, Golden State has struggled away from Chase Center, going 3-4 straight up and 2-5 against the spread. Typical of great Warriors teams in the past, the Dubs have dominated the third quarter, outscoring Boston 73-38 through the first two contests. If not for Game 1’s collapse, the Dubs could easily be looking at a 2-0 series lead.
Meanwhile, back in front of the TD Garden faithful, the Celtics will look to rebound from Game 2’s defeat. Surprisingly, Ime Udoka’s squad has been average at home, posting a 5-4 mark while covering in only four of those nine games.
Defensively, it will be interesting to see what kind of adjustments the Celtics make, particularly how they guard Stephen Curry, who is averaging 31.5 points per game in two games thus far. If Boston can force the ball out of Curry’s hands, it will go a long way in securing a Game 3 victory.
Overall, the Celtics have been doomed by one quarter, but that feels less likely to occur in front of an electric TD Garden crowd.
Expect a close affair, where the Celtics should come out victorious.
Warriors vs. Celtics Predictions
Picks: Celtics -3.5 (-110), Celtics Moneyline (-161), Under 212.5 (-110)
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