Start of Game: 09:00 AM (GMT +8)
Venue: Chase Center
Celtics v Warriors Game 1 Prediction (NBA Finals) – The Boston Celtics and the Golden State Warriors square off in the finals. Naturally, the Warriors are favoured due to the multiple finals trips and championships of their core Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green. However, the Celtics have been taking the playoffs by storm with Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown and Marcus Smart at the helm. So, who of these two will ultimately prevail?
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Celtics v Warriors Game 1 Prediction – Celtics Performance
The Celtics made it to the NBA Finals for the first time in 10 years, overcoming the Miami Heat in seven games in the Eastern Conference Finals. After missing out on the chance to close out the game in Game 6 in Boston, the Celtics were off to a strong lead in Game 7. However, the Miami Heat also quickly caught up.
The Jimmy Butler-led Miami squad posed a threat by keeping in score with Boston in their own arena. However, the Ime Udoka-coached squad was able to hold off strong comeback plays by the home team, ending the scoreline at 100-96 to win the ECF series 4-3.
Jayson Tatum was again the main man for the Celtics, scoring 26 points, pulling down 10 rebounds and dishing out 6 assists. Marcus Smart contributed 24 points and 9 rebounds, while Jaylen Brown added 24 points to the scoreline.
Celtics v Warriors Game 1 Prediction – Celtics Key Player
Jayson Tatum will be the most important player in this game. In Game 7 with the Heat, Tatum had 26 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists. His transcendent talent will be a challenge for the Warriors to overcome, despite the Bay Area-ballers having more experience on the Finals stage. There will be Brown and Smart to pick up Tatum’s slack, but expect their offence and even the opponents’ defence to be focused on this young phenom.
Celtics v Warriors Game 1 Prediction – Warriors Performance
The Warriors are back in the NBA Finals after three years, during which they lost to the Toronto Raptors 2-4. They dominated the Dallas Mavericks, after Luka Doncic and his men in 5 games in the Western Conference Finals. The Steve Kerr-coached unit notched up a 120-110 win in Game 5 to get them Finals-bound.
It was Klay Thompson who had the hot hands in this game. He had a total of 32 points, and had an emphatic performance to redeem his absence in the 2019 finals because of his right Achilles’ tendon. He had 19-points in the first half, helping build their lead at 17 points at the first half and moving along the rest of the way.
Other valuable contributions came from Curry (15 points, 9 assists), Andrew Wiggings (18 points, 18 rebounds) and Draymond Green (17 points). Curryy was also named MVP of the Western Conference Finals.
Celtics v Warriors Game 1 Prediction – Warriors Key Player
Stephen Curry will still be the player to watch out for for the Warriors. He, along with trusted partners Klay Thompson and Draymond Green have reclaimed their magic touch, using it to trounce tough playoff opponents like Nikola Jokic’s Denver Nuggets, Ja Morant’s Grizzlies and most recently, the Doncic-led Mavs. And while there are just as reliable offensive options, Curry the veteran will be calling the shots, especially the stupefying ones from behind the arc.
Celtics v Warriors Game 1 Prediction – Final Thoughts
In the course of the playoffs, the Boston Celtics have been explosive off the bat, doing runs that put them at a lead of more than 10 points than the opposing club. However, the team core have never been at a stage like this, so we think jitters will ensue among Tatum and company. The Warriors, particularly the Big Three, have been accustomed to this setting, despite being rusty after a three-year Finals absence. But we expect their finals spirit to kick back in during this game, and they will be getting substantial help from the likes of Wiggins and Jordan Poole. Thus, we see the Golden State coasting to a home victory in a hard-fought game. Let’s take a look at our prediction.
Celtics v Warriors Game 1 Prediction
We will be betting on the Asian Handicap and Over/Under in basketball odds for this match:
Golden State Warriors (-3.00)
Total Score: Under 212 points
Disclaimer: The odds change from time to time without prior notice and is only available at the time of writing
For this Celtics v Warriors Game 1 Prediction to win, the Golden State Warriors need to win with a 4-point lead over Boston in full time. For the Over/Under bet to win, the total score in full time should be below 212 points.
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