Golden State Warriors vs. Boston Celtics preview: Can Boston survive elimination and force Game 7?
Tonight, the Golden State Warriors travel to TD Garden in Boston, Mass. to take on the Boston Celtics in Game 6 of the NBA Finals. The Celtics have their backs against the wall and must win this game to continue the series. The Warriors will look for the killshot tonight and attempt to lift the Larry O’Brien Trophy in front of Boston Celtics fans.
Below, you’ll find two of the best player accessories for Game 6 of the NBA Finals.
Player Accessory #1: Marcus Smart on 25.5 points, rebounds and assists (-110)
“use every opportunity to improve” – Boston Celtics
Marcus Smart has crossed the line in three of five games in this series. In the last game, Smart finished on the hook with 25 points, rebounds and assists. Given the importance of the game for Boston, the starters will play big minutes tonight. Smart is averaging 35 minutes per game this streak, and could see even more tonight as they try to keep the Golden State Warriors from closing out this streak.
Marcus Smart improved his scoring numbers during the playoffs. He saw an increase of more than 3.0 points per game from the regular season to the playoffs. This underscores that he played a bigger role on offense during the playoffs. This can be attributed to the attention Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown are receiving from opposing defenses.
The Golden State Warriors had a similar game plan against Boston. They are not worried about Marcus Smart having good matches because they have seen that they can win matches in which he plays well.
The Boston Celtics will need everyone on deck tonight to win this game, and it starts with Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown and Marcus Smart.
Player accessory #2: Kevon Looney on 9.5 rebounds and assists (-105)
“GAME DAY” – Golden State Warriors
The Golden State Warriors are now one win away from another NBA championship. Behind the stellar play of Steph Curry and Andrew Wiggins, the Warriors have had the upper hand this series. One of the Warriors’ key players, Draymond Green, has been fouled in three out of five games so far. This means he leaves the door open for Kevon Looney to play more minutes.
Despite averaging 21.6 minutes per game this series, Looney has exceeded that mark in three out of five games. Over the past three series, Kevon Looney has averaged 8.75 rebounds and 2.63 assists per game, so he’s exceeded that line on a fairly regular basis. Looney seems to be trending for more minutes than normal as Draymond Green has been at fault in almost every game. We’re going with Kevon Looney to get over 9.5 rebounds and assists tonight.
Pick/Prediction: LEAN Boston Celtics -3.5 (-110)
Boston reacted very well to the playoff losses. Before the last game, they hadn’t lost consecutive games at all during the playoffs. The Golden State Warriors have all the tools to close out this streak tonight, but the Boston Celtics will give them everything they have. We are leaning towards Boston forcing Game 7!