Start of Game: 09:00 AM (GMT +8)
Venue: TD Garden
Warriors v Celtics Game 3 Prediction (NBA Finals) – The Golden State Warriors and the Boston Celtics resume their best-of-seven finals at the TD Garden two games in. The series currently stands at 1-1, with the Celts scoring an important away victory in Game 1, and the Warriors equalising in Game 2. Who goes ahead after the third installment? Read on for our take on the game.
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Warriors v Celtics Game 3 Prediction – Warriors Performance
The Warriors, led by their seasoned core of Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green, received a shock in Game 1 where they were upset by first-timers Celtics 120-108, with Al Horford exploding for 11 points in the 4th quarter alone. They treated it as a rude awakening, and were able to get back at the feisty Celts in Game 2, 107-88.
Determined to avenge the humiliation at home in their first outing, Golden State buried Boston in the 3rd quarter after the game was kept close, and an exchange of leads between the two teams. Jordan Poole, who chipped in 17 points for the Dubs. provided the exclamation point to the quarter with a deep buzzer-beating three, throwing the crowd into a frenzy. Main star Curry meanwhile had 29 points to lead the Warriors, and had 6 rebounds and 4 assists to go with it.
Warriors v Celtics Game 3 Prediction – Warriors Key Player
Klay Thompson however was criticised for having a below-average series so far. One a major option even during Kevin Durant’s spell with the Warriors, he scored a “mere” 15 points in Game 1 and followed it up with just 11 points in Game 2. Pundits believe that he has to find his pre-2019 injury form if the Dubs want to reclaim the Larry O’ Brien trophy. Can he rise up to the challenge in the hostile TD Garden?
Warriors v Celtics Game 3 Prediction – Celtics Performance
The Celtics have proven themselves legitimate title contenders after they made quick work of the Curry-led three-time champions in Game 1. They made a statement when they led the Warriors two point at the half, and rallied after falling behind in the 4th quarter to defeat them by 12 points, with Al Horford leading the charge. But their weaknesses with leads in the playoffs caught up to them in Game 2, which they were forced to concede to the home team.
Main star Jayson Tatum, who only managed 12 points in the Celtics Game 1 win, fared better in this losing effort with 28 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists. Jaylen Brown put up lower numbers this time, having 17 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists. Derrick White came off the bench to be third top scorer with 12 points, while usual guns Marcus Smart and Al Horford were limited to just 2 points each.
Warriors v Celtics Game 3 Prediction – Celtics Key Player
Jayson Tatum remains the player to watch out for for the Celtics, and are in a tight battle with teammates Jaylen Brown and Al Horford for Finals MVP. While he reclaimed his form in Game 2, he will also need to have on-court leadership for the team to keep the deadly Warriors at bay. Will he take the extra step in his debut finals game at home?
Warriors v Celtics Game 3 Prediction – Final Thoughts
With the first two outings in San Francisco split among the two teams, Game 3 will be an important one. Warriors do have the momentum, but with Thompson struggling, they will become vulnerable to the Celtics in Boston. The home team have been able to come up with good leads against Golden State, despite losing such leads down the stretch. This time, however, Udoka and his men are set to deliver a strong performance at home, so we see the Celts getting their nose out in front here. With that, let’s take a look at our prediction.
Warriors v Celtics Game 3 Prediction
We will be betting on the Asian Handicap and Over/Under in basketball odds for this match:
Boston Celtics (-2.50)
Total Score: Under 213 points
Disclaimer: The odds change from time to time without prior notice and is only available at the time of writing
For this Warriors v Celtics Game 3 Prediction to win, the Boston Celtics need to win by at least 3 points in full time. If they only win by 2 points in full time, the bettor loses all of the stakes. For the Over/Under bet to win, the total score in full time should be below 213 points.
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