Celtics vs. Warriors odds, prediction: 2022 NBA Finals picks, Game 2 best bets from expert on 38-16 run

Celtics vs. Warriors odds, prediction: 2022 NBA Finals picks, Game 2 best bets from expert on 38-16 run

Despite leading by 14 points late in the third quarter at home, the Golden State Warriors were outscored 40-16 in the final period to lose Game 1 of the 2022 NBA Finals on Thursday. Now they’ll look to rebound on Sunday in Game 2 while the Celtics would love to take control of the series with another win heading back to Boston. The 2022 NBA Playoffs have been full of impressive responses thus far, but can Golden State make the necessary adjustments after Boston looked so dominant defensively late in the game?

Game 2 will tip-off at 8 p.m. ET at the Chase Center in downtown San Francisco and Thursday’s loss was the first of the postseason for Golden State at home. However, bookmakers are expecting the rubberband effect in this game as Golden State is listed as the 4.5-point favorites in the latest Warriors vs. Celtics odds from Caesars Sportsbook. The over-under is listed at 215 and both lines are slight increases from Game 1. Before you make any Celtics vs. Warriors picks, you need to see what SportsLine expert Zack Cimini has to say.

A Las Vegas handicapper who’s never afraid to buck conventional wisdom, Cimini excels in multiple sports. Over the past 33 NBA picks, Cimini is 22-11, returning almost $800 to $100 players. He is also on an amazing 38-16-1 run with his last 55 against-the-spread picks involving the Celtics, returning almost $1,800 to $100 players.

Now, Cimini has set his sights on Celtics vs. Warriors, and just locked in his picks and NBA playoff predictions. You can head to SportsLine now to see his picks. Here are several NBA odds and betting lines for Warriors vs. Celtics:

  • Celtics vs. Warriors spread: Golden State -4.5
  • Celtics vs. Warriors over-under: 215 points
  • Celtics vs. Warriors money line: Boston +170, Golden State -200
  • Celtics vs. Warriors tickets: See tickets at StubHub
  • BOS: Celtics are 9-1-1 ATS in their last 11 games as a road underdog
  • GS: Warriors are 5-1 ATS in their last six games following a straight-up loss

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Why the Celtics can cover

After giving way too much space to Stephen Curry and the rest of Golden State’s shooters early in Game 1, Boston adjusted defensively and found the stops it needed late to complete an impressive comeback. The Warriors went just 7-for-17 from the field and 2-of-8 from the 3-point line while turning the ball over four times during the final period, and that will be the model that Ime Udoka’s squad will look to replicate.

Meanwhile, the Celtics shot a staggering 9-for-12 from the 3-point line in the final frame and got huge contributions from role players all night to compensate for the fact that Jayson Tatum had a 3-for-17 night. Al Horford had 26 points and went 6-for-8 from the 3-point line while Derrick White had 21 points off the bench and went 5-for-8 from downtown. If either of those two can stay hot and Tatum can bounce back as he has all postseason, the Celtics have a solid chance to leave San Francisco with a 2-0 series lead.

Why the Warriors can cover

Two-time MVP Curry is an elite sharpshooter from all over the floor as he has deep range and can catch fire in a hurry. The eight-time All-Star has the arsenal to torch anyone lined up against him and that was on full display in Game 1. Curry exploded for 21 points and shot 6-for-7 from three in the first quarter. He ended up finishing the matchup with 34 points, five rebounds, and five assists.

Guard Klay Thompson is another knockdown shooter on the perimeter. Thompson has played in plenty of big-time games and knows what that pressure feels like that. The five-time All-Star can heat up in a blink of an eye and Golden State will need that type of performance in Game 2. Thompson has an effortless shooting stroke with good defensive instincts. He produced 15 points and shot 3-for-7 from deep in Game 1. 

How to make Warriors vs. Celtics picks

For Game 2 of the NBA Finals 2022, Cimini is leaning over on the point total, but he also says a critical X-factor makes one side of the spread a must-back. He’s only sharing what it is, and which side of the Warriors vs. Celtics spread to back, at SportsLine.

So who wins Celtics vs. Warriors? And which side of the spread is a must-back? Visit SportsLine now to see which side of the Warriors vs. Celtics spread you need to jump on, all from the expert that has crushed his NBA picks, and find out.  

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