NBA Finals Game 1 Odds, Tips: Expert Predictions for Warriors vs Celtics


NBA Finals Game 1 Odds, Tips: Expert Predictions for Warriors vs Celtics

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Golden State has waited a week since beating Dallas, and Boston is just days away from winning Game 7 in Miami. Will the extra break help warriors be fresher, or will it result in some early freezes?

BetMGM favored Golden State by 3.5 points over the Celtics in Game 1, and all of our experts picked the Warriors to win the opening game of the NBA Finals Thursday night at the Chase Center.

The Warriors are also favored to win the series. How will this encounter end?

When is Warriors vs Celtics game 1?

Time: Thursday, 9 p.m. (ET)

Channel: ABC (streaming on the ESPN app)

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NBA Finals schedule

Game 1: Celtics at Warriors | Thursday June 2nd | 9 p.m. ET

Game 2: Celtics at Warriors | Sunday June 5 | 8 p.m. ET

Game 3: Warriors at Celtics | Wednesday 8 June | 9 p.m. ET

Game 4: Warriors at Celtics | Friday June 10 | 9 p.m. ET

Game 5*: Celtics at Warriors | Monday 13 June | 9 p.m. ET

Game 6*: Warriors at Celtics | Thursday June 16 | 9 p.m. ET

Game 7*: Celtics at Warriors | Sunday June 19 | 8 p.m. ET

What are the odds for Warriors vs Celtics Game 1?

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Warriors vs Celtics Game 1 Preview

Unstoppable force, hit an immovable object. Golden State, vanguard of the NBA’s current high-flying, free-shooting, run-and-fun offensive era, meets the Celtics, a throwback to the hard-nosed, hard-edged, hard-hitting era of Eastern conferences bygone. You decide on a title. Here we go.

Except, shhh, here’s a secret: The Warriors are the second-best defensive team in the league this season, just a half-point behind Boston in defensive ratings. With Draymond Green, Golden State can finish its half-place with the best. And the Celtics have been a more efficient offense than Golden State this season. Behind Jayson Tatum, they were more than a full point better on evaluation.

Normally before the final we would ask ourselves which team will dictate the style more effectively. When a team forces a game into their own hands, they usually win. In that case, do we even know what type of game each of these teams prefers?

On paper, the Celtics have a sizeable advantage, with a beefy frontcourt packed with players seemingly as wide as they are tall. And this type of team traditionally wants to beat the paint. The Warriors can shoot the 3 on paper, and this type of team usually wants to spread the field and attract the big ones.

But Boston has trimmed its lineup to a seven-down rotation in the last two series and is already battling the diminishing return of injuries. The Warriors ran into trouble when the undermanned Mavericks found a way to overtake them from the depths. Maybe the paper is worthless.

History says the Warriors, who have won three titles since 2015, are a step ahead of the rising Celtics. They haven’t reached the finals in six of the last eight seasons without a reason. But the Celtics are no wimps. They were hardened on a more difficult path through the Eastern Conference playoffs.

Golden State has an advantage. But something we can’t see just yet – a twist of fate, a bit of kismet outside the realm of science – will decide this series.

Warriors vs Celtics Expert Tips & Predictions for Game 1

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