The Boston Celtics defeated the Golden State Warriors in Game 1 of the NBA Finals on June 2 by a score of 120-108. Both teams will play Game 2 on Sunday, with the Warriors playing at home.
Following Game 1, sports experts and NBA fans made some game predictions. The game will also be interesting to wager on. Check out the best bookmakers for betting on Game 2!
It was an intense game between the Celtics and the Warriors on Thursday. The Warriors were leading by 12 points heading into the fourth quarter, but the Celtics stole the win instead, with 120-108 on the scoreboard.
Guard Jaylen Brown was showing off his explosive play with rebounds and defense. The 2021 All-Star scored 24 points, had seven rebounds, and five assists. Derrick White, another guard, also put in a strong performance, scoring 21 points, dishing out three assists, and shooting 5-for-8 from three.
From the Warriors side, MVP Stephen Curry had five dimes and scored 21 points in the first quarter. While the Celtics made very few defensive mistakes, the team left Curry open, which allowed him to score.
It could have been the night for the Warriors before the Celtics rallied in the fourth quarter and turned the table around.
The Golden State Warriors are favored to win Game 2 at the Chase Center in San Francisco. The odds provided by Caesars sportsbook showed the Warriors to win at moneyline -190 and the Celtics at moneyline +160.
The prediction is also supported by Curry and Klay Thompson’s impressive performances. As an eight-time All-Star, Curry has a deep range and is able to catch fire quickly. In Game 1, Curry shot 6-for-7 from three and ended the game with 34 points, five rebounds, and five assists.
The Warriors also have Thompson as a shooter. With his extensive experience in a lot of big-time games that he had played, Thompson had a really good grasp of what pressure feels like. Thompson, like Curry, tends to get heated up pretty quickly with his effortless shooting and outstanding defensive instincts. In Game 1, Thompson contributed 15 points and shot 3-for-7 from deep.
Aside from team betting, sports bettors can also place bets on individual players. Some of the players to bet on include Jayson Tatum from the Celtics and Andrew Wiggins from the Warriors.
Tatum had the most assists in his Finals debut, surpassing Michael Jordan, Isaiah Thomas, and John Stockton. Tatum is expected to score more than 40.5 points while also contributing assists and rebounds for his team.
As for the Warriors, Wiggins is predicted to have over 24.5 points + assists + rebounds. In the last six games he had played, he has averaged 18.8 points per game, 2.3 assists per game, and 6.8 rebounds per game.
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