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Boston Celtics at Golden State Warriors Game 5 Betting Preview

Things are down to a best-of-three for the NBA Championship as the Golden State Warriors and Boston Celtics are all knotted up 2-2. Golden State was able to regain the home-court advantage with a 107-97 victory on Friday night behind a 43-point outing from Steph Curry.

Boston is in a tough spot, but not an insurmountable one as they are 8-3 on the road this postseason. That includes a 120-108 series-opening win at the Chase Center but also a 107-88 defeat in Game 2. The Warriors are a -3.5 favorite for Monday night’s contest.

Celtics Road Success To Be Tested

Boston was able to give the Warriors their first home loss of the postseason in Game 1, but that also came as Golden State was playing for the first time in a week, so they may have been a bit rusty. Even so, the Celtics’ march to the NBA Finals has included two wins in Milwaukee and three at Miami, so they’ve been in this spot before.

Friday night’s loss at TD Garden was disappointing, as the Celtics could have gone up 3-1, which is nearly impossible to come back from. Jayson Tatum had 23, but Boston’s backcourt got outplayed, with Marcus Smart having a +/- of -17 and Derrick White going -19 off the bench.

Boston will try to emulate their Game 1 success, where White had 21 points, Al Horford 28, and the team got a big win despite just 12 points from Tatum.

Golden State Ready This Time Around

The Warriors may have been caught off guard in Game 1 – or they may have been rusty – but either way, Boston is not going to sneak up on them in Game 5. Golden State’s 19-point win in Game 2 pushed their mark to 10-1 at the Chase Center this postseason.

Curry was lights out on Friday night even when there were concerns he might not be 100% due to a tweaked ankle he suffered in Game 3. All he did was shoot 14-26 from the floor and 7-14 from three-point range to up his scoring average to 34.3 ppg in the Finals.

Klay Thompson averaged 21.5 ppg in the two contests at TD Garden, while Andrew Wiggins had 17 points in Game 4 to go along with a career-high 16 rebounds. Those types of performances have the Warriors optimistic this series will be over sooner rather than later.

Celtics/Warriors Betting Prediction

Boston has been almost unbelievable on the road this postseason, but can they push their mark to 9-3? For whatever reason, it’s hard for a team to win consecutively as the playoffs get deeper, and these two squads have alternated wins and losses so far in the Finals.

Look for the flip-flopping of wins and losses to continue, with Boston getting back in control of the series heading back to TD Garden – where they’ll probably lose to force a Game 7.

Pick: Celtics +3.5

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