The Golden State Warriors host the Boston Celtics on Monday night for Game 5 of the NBA Finals as the series has now become a best-of-three.
The Warriors rallied in Game 4 to win 107-97, outscoring the Celtics by nine points in the fourth quarter while trailing superstar Stephen Curry. Curry finished with 43 points, 10 rebounds and four assists to go with seven 3-pointers on Friday.
“Stephen Curry put on a performance masterpiece last night,” the Golden State Warriors tweeted.
The Celtics couldn’t contain Curry in Game 4, and they’ll have to do a much better job on the two-time MVP if they’re to avoid a 3-2 loss. Curry has shot just 39.1%, including 32.3% from deep, in losses this season, so Boston, with arguably the best defense in the NBA, has to limit Curry’s shot.
Offensively, the Celtics were unable to execute the final stretch in the final game. They scored just three runs in the 5:18 final after Marcus Smart hit a 3-pointer to give his team a four-point lead. Jayson Tatum has shot less than 40% in three of four games in this series, and Boston will need him to step up and regain their confidence in Game 5.
Outside of Curry, the Warriors’ supporting cast have all played roughly below their season scoring averages. They will also have to step up their efforts to secure victory on Monday in front of their home crowd.
“TONIGHT. NBA Finals Game 5,” the Boston Celtics tweeted.
Golden State Warriors vs. Boston Celtics Match Details
Fixation: Boston Celtics @ Golden State Warriors
Date and hour: Monday, June 13, 9:00 p.m. EDT
Venue: Chase Center, San Francisco, CA
Golden State Warriors vs. Boston Celtics Betting Odds
This streak has seen two games finished and two finished, making it hard to predict which direction he will swing in Game 5.
The Warriors dropped Game 1 at home, but won the last 12 of 13 games at Chase Center. The Celtics have been incredible on the road ATS, covering 13 of their previous 15 games away from Boston. An important trend to consider is that unders have been scored in eight of the past nine meetings in the bay, which speaks to the strength of both teams’ defenses.
Best picks Golden State Warriors vs. Boston Celtics
Andrew Wiggins has been excellent on the glass in those Finals, averaging 8.5, including a 16-rebound performance in the final game. Wiggins saw over 40 minutes in both games in Boston and knocked down seven boards in each. Expect him to display his athleticism and make it three in a row on Monday.
Pick: Andrew Wiggins Over 6.5 rebounds (-138)
Jordan Poole is an X-factor for Golden State and has been a great spark plug on the bench over the past few playoffs. He’s scored 12 or more points in nine of the Warriors’ 11 home games this postseason, so expect that trend to continue in Game 5.
Pick: Jordan Poole Over 11.5 points (-126)
Robert Williams had two great games in Boston, and it’s a good sign that he recorded 31 minutes in Game 4, the most since March 13. He struggled with injuries in the playoffs, but when healthy he’s a stat sheet eater. He’s listed as doubtful, but if he plays, expect him to have another solid game.
Pick: Robert Williams Over 15.5 points and rebounds (+100)
Golden State Warriors vs. Boston Celtics Bet Prediction
It’s been a grand finale, and no team has won two in a row so far. That could change, with Golden State having the momentum after a crucial win at Boston on Friday night. With Stephen Curry on fire right now, it’s hard to see the Celtics winning their second game at Chase Center of the series. Expect the Warriors to win narrowly to take the series advantage.
Pick: Golden State Warriors -3.5 (-110)