Prediction for Celtics vs. Warriors Game 2 – 2022 NBA Finals
The Golden State Warriors looked right at home in Game 1 of the NBA Finals. Then, a fourth-quarter collapse allowed the Boston Celtics to overcome a double-digit deficit and steal Game 1.
No one on the Celtics had any Finals experience ahead of Game 1, but they look ready to win a championship. A victory in Game 2 would give them a commanding 2-0 lead going back to Boston.
However, we know Golden State won’t go quietly. Let’s check out the odds for Game 2 of the NBA Finals.
Celtics vs. Warriors Odds for Game 2
|Sportsbook||Boston Celtics||Golden State Warriors||Bonus Offered||Visit Site|
|Bovada||(+165)||(-195)||50% up to $250||Visit Bovada|
|BetOnline||(+165)||(-190)||60% up to $1,000||Visit BetOnline|
|BetUS||(+160)||(-180)||125% up to $2,500||Visit BetUS|
|MyBookie||(+160)||(-190)||100% up to $1,000||Visit MyBookie|
The Boston Celtics scored the victory in Game 1, but the best NBA betting sites aren’t buying into their fourth-quarter performance. The Golden State Warriors open as a bigger favorite than Game 1.
Boston’s victory was the fourth time in the last five games they covered the spread. This is the first time since Games 3 and 4 of the Conference Semifinals the Celtics open as the underdog in back-to-back games.
Game 1 easily cleared the 214.5 point total. The point total opens at 215.5 in Game 2. Before this series, a Celtics game didn’t have a projected point total over 215 since Game 1 of the Conference Semifinals.
Both teams made it through Game 1 without any injuries. Hopefully, we’ll see both teams continue to operate at full strength.
Celtics vs. Warriors Preview
Most people expected the Golden State Warriors to cruise to a Game 1 victory. They had the NBA Finals experience, and the Boston Celtics were coming off a grueling seven-game series.
Stephen Curry looked unstoppable in the first quarter. Curry had 21 points on 6-8 three-point shooting. Boston looked strong in the second quarter, but Golden State pulled away with a big third quarter.
Then, the Celtics came storming back in the fourth quarter.
|Boston Celtics||Golden State Warriors|
|Field Goal Shooting||15-22||7-17|
What’s crazy about the Celtics’ comeback was Jayson Tatum didn’t score in the fourth quarter. He only had 12 points on 3-17 shooting. However, his fourth-quarter message spearheaded the comeback.
Al Horford led the way for the Celtics. He scored 11 of his 26 points in the fourth quarter, including a pair of crucial three-pointers. He and Jaylen Brown led the way for the Celtics.
Curry was brilliant in the first quarter, but he scored 13 points in the final three quarters. He was a non-factor in the fourth quarter, scoring four points on 2-6 shooting.
How were the Celtics able to compete with Tatum having a down game? Their supporting cast came up clutch.
- Al Horford: 26 points
- Derrick White: 21 points
- Marcus Smart: 18 points
We talked about Horford’s big game, but how about Derrick White? The trade deadline acquisition has stepped up throughout the postseason. White cleared 20 points for the second time in three games.
Honestly, I don’t think the Warriors need to adjust much to win Game 2. They were the better team in the first three quarters but couldn’t contain Al Horford in the fourth quarter. Their best hope is continuing to play great defense on Tatum.
Celtics vs. Warriors Same Game Parlay
- Draymond Green Under 8.5 Points (-122)
- Klay Thompson Over 2.5 Assists (+108)
- Jayson Tatum Over 5.5 Assists (-115)
The public was backing the Golden State Warriors in Game 1, and that didn’t go well. Hopefully, my same game parlay allows you to win your money back. This parlay gives you (+576) odds.
Draymond Green doesn’t typically impact the scoring department, but there was hope following three straight double-digit games. Ultimately, we saw Green return to his usual role in Game 1.
He contributed with 11 rebounds and five assists, but four points on 2-12 shooting won’t help the Warriors. It will help our same game parlay. Green likely won’t take 12 shots in Game 2. Unless he knocks down a few three-pointers, it’s hard to see him scoring 9+ points.
Klay Thompson has only hit the 20-point mark once in his last six games. Thompson has helped his cause with his assist total.
- WCF: 3.2 assists per game
- Game 1: 3 assists
Thompson has cleared 2.5 assists in five of his last six games. He only had one assist in Game 4 of the Western Conference Finals after playing 28 minutes. Thompson has played 35+ minutes in the other five games in that stretch. More minutes should help his assist total.
Jayson Tatum had a rough scoring night, but he played a significant role in the Boston Celtics’ Game 1 victory.
Tatum dished out a playoff career-high 13 assists. He made sure his poor shooting night wouldn’t stop the Celtics from winning Game 1.
He averaged 4.4 assists in the regular season, but that’s up to 6.3 in the postseason. Tatum has at least six assists in three of his last four games. I expect him to extend that streak in Game 2.
Celtics vs. Warriors Pick
The Golden State Warriors were the better team in Game 1. Without the fourth-quarter collapse, we’d be discussing if the Boston Celtics had any hope of winning the NBA Finals.
There’s no way the Warriors will lose the first two games at home. Boston will put up a good fight, but Golden State could score a 4+ point victory in Game 2.
Feel free to tune into Game 2 on Sunday at 8 p.m. ET on ABC. It’s not too late to wager on the 2022 NBA Finals with our favorite prop bets.