Celtics vs. Warriors Prediction, Selection, Odds, Spread, Line for Game 2 of NBA Finals 2022


Celtics vs. Warriors Prediction, Selection, Odds, Spread, Line for Game 2 of NBA Finals 2022

Game 1 of the 2022 NBA Finals was a wild game, with the Golden State Warriors building a huge lead in the third quarter, only for the Boston Celtics to charge back in the fourth quarter to steal the game and take a 1-0 lead Best of Seven series. Al Horford led Boston in Game 1 as the veteran Big Man dropped 26 points and a career-high six 3-pointers while Jaylen Brown added 24 points, seven rebounds and five assists. Jayson Tatum didn’t have his best game when it came to shooting, he was just 3 from 17 from the floor, but he did a great job lining up his teammates as he finished the win with 13 assists.

In Game 2, the Celtics will look to build on the momentum they built in the final 12 minutes of Game 1, while the Warriors will attempt to recover and tie the streak before heading to Boston for two straight games changes. With that in mind, here’s everything you need to know about Game 2 between Boston and Golden State, plus tips against the spread and straight-up from our CBS Sports NBA experts.

How to watch game 2 live

  • Game: NBA Finals Game 2
  • date: Sunday 5 June | time: 8 p.m. ET
  • location: Chase Center—San Francisco, California
  • TV: ABC | Live broadcast: fuboTV (Access now)
  • Opportunities: BOS +160; GS-190; O/U 215.5 (via Caesars Sportsbook)

Featured Game | Golden State Warriors vs. Boston Celtics

Celtics vs. Warriors Prediction, Game 2 Picks

Bill Rider: Draymond Green was right: The Warriors dominated the first 40+ minutes of Game 1. They’ll extend that feat to the full 48 minutes on Sunday, helped by some offensive performances from guys like Jordan Poole, some heroics from Stephen Curry and a Celtics team whose supporting cast is returning to mean. Are Al Horford and Derrick White nice players? Yes. Can you trust them to score 47 points overall on 15-of-23 shooting? no This streak is far from over, which will be clear after completing Game 2. Selection: Warrior -4 | Warriors 123, Celtics 111

Brad Botkins: We can sit around and talk about how Boston’s shooters will return to earth, which is probably true, but will Stephen Curry hit six 3s in a quarter again? Will Jayson Tatum play 3v17 again? I don’t believe in this idea that games are played by computers designed to achieve a theoretical law of averages. Over 82 games? Fine. Across two games, one has nothing to do with the other. The Celtics will make life miserable for Golden State and vice versa, just like they did in Game 1 because they are extremely balanced. I think the Celtics are a little bit better. I chose her in the series. For this one game, however, I will go with the desperate team. This is a must for the Warriors. They go down 0:2, it’s over. I don’t think that will happen. But it’s getting close. Celtics on points, Warriors straight. Selection: Celtics +4 | Warriors 111, Celtics 108

James Herbert: What’s the messiest choice I can make? Another Celtics win, but this time it’s the last few seconds that matter? let’s go with it Even if the Warriors force more turnover (Gary Payton II minutes would help) and avoid another premature drought, I’m seriously concerned about their inability to find a lineup that balances distance and defense down the track. Hope this sounds stupid later; I want (and predict) seven games. Selection: Celtics +4 | Celtics 113, Warriors 111

Sam Quinn: Let me be the millionth person to say Boston probably won’t shoot as well again. Yeah, yeah, I know we do that dance about twice a round…but the Celtics tend to fall behind after big nights of shooting. They have five games this postseason where they’ve shot at least 40 percent out of 3, and none of them have come back-to-back. I expect even more sloppy offensive performance from Boston when Gary Payton II plays. The Celtics averaged nearly 15 turnovers per game in the Miami series. They only had 12 against Golden State in Game 1. Boston should be preferred in the series now, but I give Golden State the advantage to tie things in Game 2. Selection: Warrior -4 | Warriors 109, Celtics 102

Michael Kaskey-Blomain: The Celtics seem unlikely to pull off the same kind of performance they received in Game 1 from role-playing players like Derrick White, Al Horford and Payton Pritchard in Game 2. It also seems unlikely that the Warriors will drop both of the first two games of the series at home knowing how difficult it will be to come out of a 2-0 hole against a team as strong as the Celtics. Watch out for Golden State coming out focused, just like Game 1, but this time maintained as the competition progressed. If they can concentrate for the full 48 minutes, the series should go to Boston in a 1-1 draw. Selection: Warrior -4 | Warriors 111, Celtics 104

Jasmine Wimbish: The Celtics got a career night from Al Horford en route to giving the Warriors their first home playoff loss of the season. Golden State followed the game plan of taking out Jayson Tatum and letting everyone else beat them. The first part worked — if you don’t look at Tatum’s 13 assists — but the second part definitely didn’t go to plan. It also doesn’t help when Jordan Poole, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green are all having unusual nights. The Warriors know this is a must-win game, so I think they live up to that importance and travel to Boston with a 1-1 draw. Selection: Warrior -4 | warrior 115; Celts 110

Jack Maloney: The Celtics surprised almost everyone (except Brad and James) by charging back from a 15-point deficit to steal Game 1 and home field advantage. That puts a lot of pressure on the Warriors in Game 2; You can’t lose both games at Bay and go back to Boston 0-2. They will be the more desperate team and get the job done this time. Selection: Warrior -4 | Warriors 115 vs Celtics 106

colin Ward Henninger: It doesn’t take a basketball genius to realize how important this game is for the Warriors, but coming out with the right energy and focus isn’t that easy. Boston figured out some things beyond hot shooting in the fourth quarter of Game 1 and it’s up to the Warriors to make adjustments. That being said, I expect Golden State’s supporting cast to help Steph Curry more — Klay Thompson, as we all know, tends to play well in proverbial must-win games, and Draymond Green can’t play much worse than he did Thursday. I might succumb to a bit of Homericism, but I’ll still choose the warriors in this case – perhaps against my better judgment. I think it will score less than Game 1 as the defense will know what to look for. Selection: Warrior -4 | Warriors 105, Celtics 99

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