Game 5 of the 2021-22 NBA Finals is finally in the books, ending in a 104-94 victory for the Golden State Warriors over the Boston Celtics. With the Warriors now ahead for the first time in this series, they have a shot at winning the NBA Championship with a Game 6 win on Thursday, June 16.
The Warriors won the last time these two teams met in Boston and they’ll need that same magic on Thursday. They can’t afford to let the Celtics back in the series, which means it’s going to take a team effort to get the job done.
On the other hand, the Celtics are officially backed into the wall and need to find a way to even things up. Their star players haven’t been as consistent as they should be, which is an issue that needs to be addressed as soon as possible.
Will the Warriors hoist the Larry O’Brien Trophy at TD Garden on Thursday? Or will the Celtics force a Game 7 to decide the final?
Golden State Warriors vs. Boston Celtics NBA Finals Game 6 Betting Odds & Match Info
- Game: #3 Golden State Warriors vs. #2 Boston Celtics
- Venue and location: TD Garden (Boston, MA)
- Date: Thursday, June 16, 2022
- Time: 9 p.m. Eastern Time
- How to watch Thursday’s Warriors Game 6 vs. Celtics: ABC
Warriors vs Celtics Game 6 Odds (Tuesday June 14)
The odds are via our top sportsbooks and recommended.
- Spread: Golden State Warriors +3.5 (-110), Boston Celtics -3.5 (-110)
- Over/Under: OVER 210 (-110), UNDER 210 (-110)
- Moneyline: Golden State Warriors +136, Boston Celtics -162
- Spread: Golden State Warriors +4 (-110), Boston Celtics -4 (-110)
- Over/Under: OVER 210.5 (-110), UNDER 210.5 (-110)
- Moneyline: Golden State Warriors +145, Boston Celtics -170
- Spread: Golden State Warriors +4 (-109), Boston Celtics -4 (-112)
- Over/Under: OVER 210.5 (-110), UNDER 210.5 (-112)
- Moneyline: Golden State Warriors +138, Boston Celtics -165
The Warriors are looking to clinch the NBA Finals
Many people wondered if the Warriors’ championship window was over when injuries to their best players held them back for the past two years. Yet here they are back in the NBA Finals with a chance to end the streak on Thursday.
No doubt Golden State will be hoping for a repeat performance from Andrew Wiggins in Game 6. The 27-year-old was his team’s best player on Monday, leading with 26 points in over 42 minutes of action .
On top of that, Wiggins added 13 assists for the double-double. His performance has some fans wondering if he’s now in contention for Finals MVP honors, but he’ll need a similar performance later this week for that to become a reality.
Klay Thompson also had one of his best performances in Monday’s NBA Finals, scoring 20 points while making 5 of 11 three-point attempts.
One player who could have been much better, however, is Stephen Curry. After his historical performance of 43 pointsthe veteran sniper had just 16 points on a 31.8 percent field goal percentage, which includes an 0 of 9 from beyond the arc.
In fact, the Warriors as a whole shot poorly from range, finishing the night with a team three-point percentage of 22.5%.
Still, if Wiggins and Thompson can string together back-to-back strong performances and Curry can bounce back, ending the 2021-22 NBA Finals on Thursday is a realistic possibility.
Celtics can’t crumble under pressure
A homecoming is supposed to give teams a boost, but all the Celtics feel is the pressure that comes with the fact that they could be knocked out on Thursday night.
It’s going to take a team effort to thwart the Warriors and the Celtics know that. They will rely on all their best players to pull together, but it won’t be easy.
`Jayson Tatum had a double-double of 27 points and 10 rebounds in Game 5 while shooting 50.0 percent from the field and 55.6 percent from three-point range. He’s now scored 26+ points in three of the last four games.
The same can’t be said for Jaylen Brown, who struggled to shoot the ball on Monday. Brown finished with just 18 points on .278/.000/.800 shooting while recording a team-worst rating of minus-19. That won’t be enough against a team like Golden State.
Even Al Horford continued their struggles, picking up just nine points in the losing effort. After dropping 26 points in Game 1, the veteran big man is averaging just 7.5 PTS / 7.8 REB / 3.0 AST since then.
The biggest problem for the Celtics on Monday turned out to be turnovers, which they had 18 to the Warriors’ six. Marcus Smart, Tatum and Brown each had at least four turnovers each, which clearly came back to bite them.
In the end, the Celtics are good enough to beat the Warriors. They’ve done it twice so far. But only time will tell if their fortunes can change on Thursday.
Warriors vs Celtics NBA Finals Game 6 Prediction and Best Bets
Predictions and best bets are as of Tuesday, June 14.
Prediction: Warriors 113, Celtics 105
Best bets: Warriors ML (+145 at Caesars Sportsbook) and Over 210 (-110 at FanDuel Sportsbook)
After winning back-to-back contests, I expect the Warriors to close out the Celtics in Game 6. Golden State is the best team overall and I was expecting a rebounding performance from Curry to help them get a win in the NBA Finals.
As far as best bets, I’m taking the Warriors at +145 on the moneyline on Caesars Sportsbook as it offers the best value, as well as the total reaching over 210 points due to the added pressure that comes with a game at elimination.