Jayson Tatum,Kevon Looney
Boston Celtics forward Jayson Tatum (0) shoots against Golden State Warriors center Kevon Looney (5) during the first half of Game 1 of basketball's NBA Finals in San Francisco, Thursday, June 2, 2022. (AP Photo/Jed Jacobsohn)

NBA FINALS GAME 3 JUNE 8

Kyle Barrette

Alright, so we are headed back to the hardwood for game three of the NBA finals. Boston has fared much better this postseason playing on the road, and the Warriors have not played well on the road. Do the Celtics try to make a statement on their own floor after being annihilated in game two? Let’s break it down and find out.

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Boston:
The Celtics are only 5-4 in home games this postseason and they dropped their first home games in each of the last two series. Those games, however, were not coming off a 19-point loss. If games one and two showed us anything, it’s that if this Celtics team wants to win, everyone is going to have to contribute. In Game one, they were down most of the game and by 12 heading to the fourth, and without a super-hot shooting fourth quarter, you could be looking at a 2-0 Warriors lead and both wins via blowout against a team that has been road dominant. That didn’t happen, so don’t speculate too much. In Game Two, everyone fell apart, and Tatum was really the only one able to do anything. This postseason, the Celtics seem to take something from every game, and the longer this series goes on, the worse it gets for the Warriors.

Golden State:
The Warriors have not played well on the road so far as they are 3-4 this postseason. Though they won game 2 by 19 you still have to worry about their offense. I say this because this Celtics team has the ability to score from all over the court and they’re not going to shoot poorly like they did in game two. Looking back at the Warriors postseason there are some high point totals to teams that are not as good as Boston. Scoring 107-108 is going to take one hell of a defensive effort that we have not really seen for you to win the championship.

Celtics vs Warriors Pick: Boston -3.5
The Celtics have been a very responsive team. I think they are able to watch film, see what happened, figure out why that game turned out the way it did, make the adjustments and put the loss behind them. Even though their record does not support it, I don’t think being at home is not an advantage for them, especially given how poorly the Warriors have played on the road.

Same Game Parlay:
Celtics -3.5, Jayson Tatum, Andrew Wiggins Over 15.5 Pts, Jayson Tatum Over 27.5 Pts, Al Horford Over 11.5 Pts, Andrew Wiggins Over 5.5 Rebounds and Jayson Tatum Over 3.5 made threes.

SGP Odds +20862

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