Golden State Warriors vs. Boston Celtics Game 3 Prediction, NBA Odds

Jordan Ramsay | Updated Jun 07, 2022

The Golden State Warriors will look to retake home court advantage when they travel to Boston to face the Celtics in Game 3 of the NBA Finals on Wednesday.

Golden State
53-29
AT
June 08, 2022, 9:00 PM ET
TD Garden
Boston
51-31
Pointspread +3.5 -120
Moneyline +121
Over / Under o +214.5

56%

Betting Action

44%

Pointspread -3.5 -101
Moneyline -145
Over / Under u +214.5

56%

Betting Action

44%

After taking a tight two-point lead into the half in Game 2 of the NBA Finals on Sunday, the Golden State Warriors’ offence exploded in the third quarter, leading to a 107-88 rout of the Boston Celtics.  Now with the series locked up at one game apiece, the Warriors and Celtics will travel to Boston for Game 3 on Wednesday.

The Celtics are 3.5-point favourites to win on the NBA odds, with a total of 212.5.

Warriors vs. Celtics NBA Betting Odds

Golden State has struggled against the Celtics’ suffocating defence over the last couple of years, resulting in a 2-7 straight up record in the last nine head-to-heads.  They’ve also struggled to cover the number, going 1-5 against the spread in their last six road games and 1-5-1 ATS in their last seven games against the Celtics.  The total has gone Over in four of the Warriors’ last six games.

Boston has feasted on the Western Conference, winning eight of their last nine games against the West.  They’re 13-6 ATS in their last 19 games overall and 5-1 ATS in their last six against Pacific Division opponents.  The total has gone Under in four of the Celtics’ last six games.

This series is essentially sitting as a pick’em right now, with Golden State slightly favoured to win at -122 and Boston coming in at -109.  The favoured exact series result is for the Warriors to win in seven games at +256.  The biggest long shot is a Golden State win in five games at +676.  Golden State’s Steph Curry is the Finals MVP favourite at -133, while Boston’s Jayson Tatum is second at -112.

Golden State Warriors

After blowing a big lead in the fourth quarter in game 1, the Warriors didn’t make the same mistake in Game 2 and they now head to Boston looking for a win to retake home court advantage.  Golden State outscored the Celtics 35-14 in the third quarter and followed that up by scoring the first six points of the fourth.  Curry finished with a game-high 29 points, six rebounds and four assists.  He had 14 points and made three of five three-point attempts in the third quarter.  Jordan Poole added 17 points in the game, while Kevon Looney put up 12 points on 6-for-6 shooting.  Klay Thompson and Andrew Wiggins each had 11 points.

Andre Iguodala is considered day-to-day and his status for Game 3 is up in the air.  The 2015 Finals MVP missed the entire second and third rounds with a neck injury.  Iguodala played 12 minutes in Game 1 of the Finals, but missed Game 2 because of inflammation in his right knee.

Boston Celtics

Tatum scored 21 points in the first half of Game 2, but he was largely ineffective the rest of the way and finished the night with 28 points.  Jaylen Brown chipped in 17 points, but he struggled through a tough 5-for-17 shooting night.  Derrick White added 12 points, but he was the only other Boston player to score more than six points.  The Celtics were outscored 21-6 on three’s in the third quarter and committed five turnovers that resulted in 11 points for Golden State.  They gave up 33 points off 19 turnovers for the game.

One big concern for Boston in Game 3 is the status of Robert Williams III.  Williams, who has dealt with knee issues throughout the playoffs, was subbed out o Game 2 about 21 seconds after running into teammate Marcus Smart and taking a hard fall.  He finished the night with just two points in 14 minutes of action.  Williams is not currently listed on the Celtics’ injury report, but it’s clear he’s not even close to being fully healthy.

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