Boston Celtics vs Golden State Warriors NBA Pick – Game 2

The NBA is set up with another strong slate of basketball throughout June 5. The Boston Celtics and Golden State Warriors will meet up in Game 2 of the NBA Finals on Sunday night. These two teams have been strong throughout the postseason and will look for a big win in this one. This game will tip off at around 8:00 PM Eastern time on ABC.

Boston has earned a record 13-6 throughout the playoffs as the second seed in the Eastern Conference. The Celtics have knocked off the Brooklyn Nets, Milwaukee Bucks and Miami Heat to reach the Finals. Boston was able to come out strong to open up this series and will look to carry that momentum into this one. The Celtics will look for the fast start on the road again.

The Warriors have put up a record of 12-5 so far in the postseason as the third seed in the Western Conference. Golden State eliminated the Denver Nuggets, Memphis Grizzlies and Dallas Mavericks to get here. The Warriors struggled in Game 1 of this series and have their first deficit. Golden State will look for a big win on Sunday.

These two teams have been strong throughout the playoffs and will look for a huge win in Game 2 of the NBA Finals. The Celtics were strong in Game 1 and were able to take the early series lead. Golden State will look to bounce back at home in this one though. If either team can come out fast in this one, it could be enough for the win.

Game Overview

The following odds are courtesy of Bovada:

Teams Spread Money Line Total
Boston Celtics +4 (-105) +160 Over 215 ½ (-115)
Golden State Warriors -4 (-115) -185 Under 215 ½ (-105)

 

Team Data Boston Celtics Golden State Warriors
Playoff Record 13-6 12-5
Away/ Home Playoff Record 8-2 9-1
Playoff PPG 107.8 114.1
Playoff PPG Away/ Home 109.7 117.0
Playoff PAPG 101.4 109.7
Playoff PAPG Away/ Home 102.5 105.1

Betting Trends

Boston Celtics

  • 56-41 ATS this season
  • 19-9 ATS as an underdog
  • 33-16 ATS in road games
  • 11-5 ATS on Sunday’s
  • 8-5 ATS when playing on two days rest
  • 19-10 ATS in non-Conference games
  • 12-6 ATS in Playoffs
  • 3-1 ATS when leading in series
  • 17-20 ATS after a win by 10 or more points
  • 36-19 ATS against team with a winning record

Golden State Warriors

  • 51-48 ATS this season
  • 39-38 ATS as a favorite
  • 31-20 ATS in home games
  • 8-8 ATS on Sunday’s
  • 7-6 ATS when playing on two days rest
  • 16-15 ATS in non-Conference games
  • 9-8 ATS in Playoffs
  • 0-0 ATS when trailing in series
  • 6-6 ATS after a loss by 10 points or more
  • 31-23 ATS against team with a winning record

These two teams met up in an exciting Game 1 of this series. Steph Curry put up 34 points, while Andrew Wiggins added 20 points. It was not enough for the Warriors though. Jaylen Brown dropped 24 points and Al Horford finished with 26 points. Derrick White added 21 points off the bench as Boston was able to earn a 120-108 win.

Field Goal Shooting

The Celtics have been solid shooting the ball in the playoffs. Boston has made 45.7 percent of their shots from the field. The Celtics have been shooting 37.1 percent from deep. Boston has also sunk 81 percent of their shots from the free throw line. The Celtics have held their opponents to a 46.7 percent from the field in the playoffs as well.

Golden State has been strong shooting the ball in the postseason. The Warriors have shot 49 percent from the field. Golden State has made 38.2 percent of their shots from behind the arc. The Warriors have drained 75.4 percent of their shots from the charity stripe. Golden State has allowed opposing teams to shoot 46.5 percent from the field.

These two teams have been solid shooting the ball in the playoffs. The Warriors have been the better team from the field and deep, while Boston has been the better team from the charity stripe. The Celtics have also picked up their defense in big moments. If either team can shoot well early though, it could be enough for the win.

Top Performers

Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown have been the leaders for Boston throughout the postseason. Tatum has averaged 26.2 points per game. Brown is averaging 23 points, while Marcus Smart has averaged 15.7 points and 6.1 assists per game. Al Horford is averaging 12.7 points and 9.4 rebounds. Grant Williams has averaged 9.6 points to round out the lineup.

Steph Curry has been great for the Warriors so far these playoffs. Curry is averaging 26.4 points and 6.1 assists per game. Klay Thompson has averaged 19.5 points per game. Jordan Poole is averaging 17.8 points, while Andrew Wiggins has averaged 16.1 points per game. Draymond Green rounds out the lineup, averaging 8.4 points, 7.2 rebounds and 6.2 assists per game.

These two teams have been led by their stars throughout the postseason. Tatum struggled in Game 1, but will look to bounce back in this one. Thompson and Poole also struggled for Golden State. Both teams will look for some players to step up in this one. If either team can have some players come out quick, it could be enough for the win.

Pick Overview

These two teams have been strong throughout the postseason and will look for a big win in this one. The Celtics were able to come out strong in Game 1 of this series and will look to take the 2-0 series lead before going home. I expect Golden State to respond in this one though. If the Warriors can come out fast, I think they can earn the win.

Bovada has Golden State listed as a -4 against the spread in this one. This gives a slight edge to the Warriors at home. I think that this line is accurate with Golden State at home and looking to bounce back after a loss. The Warriors will look to change things up to respond in this one. As slight favorites at home, I like the value on Golden State to cover.

The Bet
Golden State Warriors -4
-115
Andruw Burling / Author

Andruw Burling has been writing sports picks since 2017, covering mainly NHL and NBA content, but doing work in other sports as well. Andruw grew up in Las Vegas and has been around sports since a young age. He grew up a huge NHL and NBA fan and continues to use that knowledge in his content today.

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