Boston Celtics vs Golden State Warriors NBA Pick – Game 5

The NBA is set up with another strong slate of basketball action on June 13. The Boston Celtics and Golden State Warriors will meet up in Game 6 of the NBA Finals on Monday 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 9:00 PM Eastern time on ABC.

Boston has earned a record of 14-8 throughout the playoffs as the second seed in the Eastern Conference. The Celtics knocked off the Brooklyn Nets, Milwaukee Bucks and Miami Heat to reach the Finals. Boston will look to bounce back after a loss in Game 4. The Celtics will look to set the tone on the road early in this one.

The Warriors have put up a record of 14-6 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 win the West. The Warriors will look to win their second straight as the series shifts home for them. Golden State will look to get their home crowd into this one early.

These two teams have been great in the playoffs and will look for a pivotal win in Game 5 of the Finals. The series is all tied up and the winner will be one game away from the Larry O’Brien trophy. The Celtics will look to come out quickly on the road, while Golden State will look to build on their momentum. If either team can come out fast, it could be enough for the win.

Game Overview

The following odds are courtesy of Bovada:

Teams Spread Money Line Total
Boston Celtics +3 ½ (-110) +140 Over 212 (-110)
Golden State Warriors -3 ½ (-110) -165 Under 212 (-110)

 

Team Data Boston Celtics Golden State Warriors
Playoff Record 14-8 14-6
Away/ Home Playoff Record 8-3 10-1
Playoff PPG 106.8 112.7
Playoff PPG Away/ Home 107.7 116.1
Playoff PAPG 101.8 108.3
Playoff PAPG Away/ Home 102.9 103.6

Betting Trends

Boston Celtics

  • 57-43 ATS this season
  • 19-10 ATS as an underdog
  • 33-17 ATS in road games
  • 9-6 ATS when playing on two days rest
  • 20-12 ATS in non-Conference games
  • 13-8 ATS in Playoffs
  • 4-2 ATS when tied in series
  • 15-5 ATS off an upset loss as a favorite
  • 10-2 ATS after a loss by 10 or more points
  • 13-6 ATS after scoring 100 points or less

Golden State Warriors

  • 53-49 ATS this season
  • 40-38 ATS as a favorite
  • 32-20 ATS in home games
  • 8-7 ATS when playing on two days rest
  • 18-16 ATS in non-Conference games
  • 11-9 ATS in Playoffs
  • 1-1 ATS when tied in series
  • 3-7 ATS off an upset win as an underdog
  • 17-17 ATS after allowing 100 or less points
  • 23-18 ATS after a win by 10 points or more

These two teams have met up in four exciting games so far. Al Horford dropped 26 points in Game 1 to lead Boston to a 120-108 win. Steph Curry put up 29 points in the second game as the Warriors earned a 107-88 win. Jaylen Brown scored 27 points in Game 3 as the Celtics won 116-100. Curry finished with 43 points and 10 rebounds in Game 4 to tie up the series with a 107-97 win.

Field Goal Shooting

The Celtics have been solid shooting the ball in the postseason. Boston has made 45.2 percent of their shots from the field. The Celtics have shot 37.4 percent from behind the arc. Boston has also drained 80.1 percent of their shots from the charity stripe. The Celtics have held their opponents to a 46.7 percent from the field.

Golden State has been strong shooting the ball throughout the playoffs. The Warriors are shooting 48.5 percent from the field. Golden State has made 38.1 percent of their shots from deep. The Warriors have also sunk 75.7 percent of their shots from the free throw line. Golden State has allowed opposing teams to make 46.5 percent of their shots from the field.

The Warriors have been the better team shooting the ball in the playoffs and will look to keep it up. Boston has a slight edge from the free throw line, but will need to step up from the field if they want to bounce back with a win. Both teams will look to remain strong on defense as well. If either team can come out strong shooting the ball, it could lead them to the win.

Top Performers

Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown have been great for the Celtics in the playoffs. Tatum has averaged 26.1 points, 6.7 rebounds and 6.2 assists per game. Brown is averaging 22.8 points. Marcus Smart has averaged 15.5 points, while Al Horford is averaging 11.9 points and 9.1 rebounds per game. Derrick White has averaged 9.2 points to round out the lineup.

Stephen Curry has been the leader for Golden State all postseason. Curry is averaging 27.6 points and 5.7 assists per game. Klay Thompson has averaged 19.3 points, while Jordan Poole is averaging 17.2 points per game. Andrew Wiggins has averaged 16 points and 7.3 rebounds. Draymond Green rounds out the lineup, averaging 7.8 points, 7 rebounds and 6.2 assists per game.

These two teams have been led by their stars in the Finals. Curry has been on another level, averaging 34.3 points per game in this series and Boston will need to find a way to slow him down. Tatum has averaged 22.3 points in the Finals and will look to take over in Game 5. If either star can get in a rhythm early, it could be enough to get the win.

Pick Overview

The Warriors are coming off a big win on the road and will look to step up at home in Game 5. I think Golden State will come out strong in front of their home fans to take the first lead of this series. The Warriors have done a great job slowing down Tatum in big moments and I think they will keep it going. If Curry can takeover early, I think Golden State will take the series lead.

Bovada has the Warriors listed as a -3 ½ against the spread in this one. This gives a solid edge to Golden State at home on Monday night. I agree with this line as the Warriors are coming off a big win and I think they will build on it. Boston has not trailed in this series, but I think they will after Game 5. As slight favorites, I like the value on the Warriors to cover.

The Bet
Golden State Warriors -3.5
-110
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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