Celtics-Warriors Game 3: NBA Finals prediction, picks, TV channel, live stream, how to watch online
The Boston Celtics won Game 1 of the NBA Finals after a 40-16 demolition in the fourth quarter, and after taking a nine-point lead early in Game 2, they appeared to be on course for a championship. . And then the Golden State Warriors defense came to the party. After scoring their first 16 points in less than five minutes, the Celtics managed to score just 72 more points the rest of the game in a 107-88 loss.
Boston still has the advantage. After winning Game 1, the Celtics stole home-court advantage in the series. Take three home games and the Celtics become NBA champions. It’s easier said than done. The Warriors have won at least one road game in their last 26 playoffs. Their first chance to extend that streak to 27 is Wednesday night. Here’s how you can tune in to Game 3 of the Finals.
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Golden State Warriors vs. Boston Celtics
- When: Wednesday June 8 | 9 p.m. ET
- Where: TD Garden — Boston, Massachusetts
- TV: ABC | Direct: fuboTV (Get Access Now)
- Odds: GS +130; BOS-150; O/U 213 (via Caesars Sportsbook)
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Who besides Stephen Curry will score for Golden State in this series? Curry’s 63 points more than double any of his teammates, with second-placed Andrew Wiggins having scored just 31 points so far in the final. Jordan Poole and Klay Thompson are averaging just 13 points per game each, well below their results earlier in the playoffs. Curry is one of the greatest scorers in NBA history, but he can’t be the only Warrior to put the ball in the basket.
The Celtics have been spectacular at two things in the playoffs: winning on the road and winning after losses. They are 6-0 after playoff losses and 8-3 on the road. At home? They’re just 5-4, and after the wins? They’re 6-6, including a Game 2 loss. The Celtics don’t just want to win this series. They want to win it as soon as possible. They saw against Miami how dangerous things can get when you mess with your food. If they want to regain a 3-1 lead in San Francisco, they will need to win two games at home and win one game after a win. The Celtics are used to playing with their backs to the wall. Now let’s see how they handle being a favorite.
Boston’s errors in Game 2 were pretty correctable. Daniel Theis has probably moved out of the rotation. The Celtics will have a better approach to Golden State’s pick-and-roll offense. Until a Warrior besides Curry proves capable of scoring, Boston should be considered the heavy favorite in this game. Pick: Celtics -3.5