Boston Celtic and the Golden State Warriors will face each other in Game 4 of the NBA Finals on Friday evening. The hosts want to build up on their latest display and increase their lead in this series. The away side looks forward to improving its game and getting things even in this tie.
Boston Celtis managed to capitalize on playing in front of the home fans on Wednesday evening and become ahead of its rivals again. The home side hopes to pick up where it left off and defend its court. On the other hand, Golden State didn’t manage to continue in the same fashion after winning Game 2. Nevertheless, the visitors will try to secure a positive result in this outing.
Boston Celtics – Can they keep their home court intact?
The Celtics got back the advantage in this series, and they have the chance to increase it on Friday evening in another game at TD Garden. They were better than the Warriors in a 116-100 win, but it didn’t go so smoothly. Boston was 12 points ahead at halftime, but they let Golden State return to the match in the third quarter. Nevertheless, the Celtics tightened their defense in the final period, allowing only 11 points to their rivals. Boston had a solid 48.3 field goal percentage while hitting 37.1% of their three-pointer attempts. The hosts also had fewer turnovers, and they dominated the paint with 16 rebounds more than the Warriors.
Jayson Tatum has been the most productive player for Boston in the playoffs, with 26.3 points, a team-high 6.2 assists, 6.5 rebounds, and 1.2 steals. Jaylen Brown scores 22.9 pts and has 6.9 rebs, while Marcus Smart produces 15.4 points and 5.9 assists. Al Horford controls the paint with 9.2 rebounds per contest while scoring 12.1 pts on average. Boston won’t have any selection issues ahead of this game, and all players should be available.
Expected Line-Up: Marcus Smart, Jaylen Brown, Jayson Tatum, Al Horford, Robert Williams III
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Golden State Warriors – Will they improve in this encounter?
The Warriors failed to secure a positive result in the first road game in this series, but they will have another chance for success on Friday evening. Although they managed to return to the game in the third quarter, their poor offensive display in the final period cost them a better outcome. Only 11 points in the last 12 minutes of the match were not enough to take the lead in this tie. Golden State had a 46.2 success rate in shooting while hitting 37.5% of its attempts from the three-pointer area. They were also quite inferior in the paint and made five turnovers more than Boston.
Stephen Curry has been the Warriors’ most efficient player in the post-season, with 26.8 points, 5.8 assists, 4.9 rebounds, and 1.3 steals. Klay Thompson has contributed to Golden State’s offense with 19.4 pts, while Jordan Poole averages 17.4. Andrew Wiggins produces 15.9 points per contest, while Kevon Looney tops the rebs charts with 7.7. Regarding the selection issues, James Wiseman is still unavailable, while Stephen Curry is questionable for this encounter due to his ankle injury.
Expected Line-Up: Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Andrew Wiggins, Jonathan Kuminga, Draymond Green
Expert Pick #1 – Boston Celtics -4 @-110
The Celtics have a great opportunity to get one win away from the NBA title, and I think they won’t waste it. Golden State has problems stopping Tatum and Brown, while Curry won’t be 100% ready for this game. That’s why I’m going to back the hosts to beat the spread as my first pick.
Expert Pick #2 – Over 214 @-110
Their latest game went over the margin, and this one shouldn’t be much different. Both teams have been very good in the offense throughout the series, and I expect them to continue in the same fashion. Give me the Over as the second bet.
Expert Pick #3 – Golden State Warriors Over 105.5 @-110
The Warriors will be in a very tricky position if they don’t give their best to win this match. Therefore, I see them scoring more than 105 points in this one since they have a very talented offense. I’ll take this one as my third pick at the same odds as the first two.