NBA Finals, Game 5: Boston at Golden St.

Steph Curry dropped 43 points on the Celtics to lead the Warriors to a Game 4 win at Boston to even the series going into tonight's Game 5.

Golden State Warriors vs. Boston Celtics

Line: Golden State -3.5

Total: 211

Where: Chase Center

When: Monday, 6/13 at 9:00 p.m. ET


The 2022 NBA Finals has been turned into a best-of-3 series between the Golden State Warriors and the Boston Celtics.

Golden State used a vintage performance from Steph Curry to pick up a 107-97 win at TD Garden in Game 4 on Friday night. The Celtics will be looking to bounce back on the road at the Chase Center in Game 5 on Monday.

The Warriors have outscored the Celtics by a single point (422-421) through the first four games, despite every game being decided by double digits. Each team has made 64 3-pointers in a series that has featured alternate winners since Game 1.

There is not much dissension within the betting market, as Golden State opened as a 3.5-point favorite. Only a few spots have budged off of 3.5 to four. Monday night’s total opened at 212.5 and has seen some movement down to 211 points. The total has gone ‘over’ in both of Boston’s wins, while it has gone ‘under’ in Golden State’s victories.

Curry was the difference on Friday night, pouring in 43 points and knocking down seven 3-pointers. He has a series-best 25 of his team’s 64 triples in the series, picking up the slack for several struggling teammates.

“The heart on that man is incredible,” Klay Thompson said. “The things he does we kind of take for granted from time to time, but to go out there and put us on his back, I mean, we got to help him out.”

Thompson has not been able to find his form thus far, shooting below 50 percent in all four games. Draymond Green grabbed nine rebounds and dished out eight assists on Friday, but he shot just 1 of 7 from the floor. Small forward Andrew Wiggins had an underrated performance, scoring 17 points and grabbing a career-high 16 rebounds.

For Boston, it was another disappointing outing from small forward Jayson Tatum. He shot just 8 of 23 from the field, marking his second bad game in the series. Center Robert Williams was the only player on the team to shoot above 50 percent, as the Celtics hit just 40 percent overall.

“I’ve just got to be better,” Tatum said. “I know I can be better, so it’s not like I, myself or my team is asking me to do something I’m not capable of. They know the level and I know the level that I can play at.”

Boston has not lost consecutive games since March, and neither Tatum nor Jaylen Brown played in the second game. The Celtics are 27-11 following a loss this season and are 12-1 both straight up and against the spread in their last 13 contests. They are 7-0 with an average margin of victory of 15.57 points after a loss in the playoffs.

Golden State has gone 10-1 at home this postseason, knocking down 40.7 percent of its 3-pointers. The Warriors have covered the spread in seven of their last 10 games and are 5-1 ATS in their last six games as favorites.

The pick: Celtics +3.5

I took a game off from betting on Boston in Game 4, but I am going back to old faithful on Monday night. The Celtics’ heroics following a loss this season have been well documented, but there are several small things that I love about them heading into Game 5. Lost in the shuffle on Friday night was Robert Williams playing a playoff-high 31 minutes, showing the first signs of him being able to stretch things out deep into a game with his knee issue. He can be a true difference maker for Boston on the glass and as a rim protector, so it is not something to be overlooked. Thompson continues to struggle for the Warriors, and there are serious concerns that he might be entering a new, much less productive phase of his career. I liked the experienced Warriors to cover with their backs against the wall in Game 4, but I still think Boston is the better team overall. The Celtics have covered in 13 of their last 15 road games.

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