June 26, 2022

The Golden State Warriors and Boston Celtics are tied at 1-1 heading into Sport 3 of the 2022 NBA Finals. Following the Warriors’ dominant Sport 2 victory, the Celtics are favored to take the sequence lead at residence.

Boston is a 3.5-point favourite over Golden State in Sport 3 on Wednesday night time, in keeping with the most recent odds at FanDuel Sportsbook. The Celtics have -154 odds to win outright. The Warriors are +130 underdogs. 

Sport 3 has a betting complete of 212.5 and a 9 p.m. ET begin time at TD Backyard in Boston. 

The Celtics received the sequence opener by outscoring the Warriors 40-16 on 9 three-pointers within the fourth quarter. In Sport 2, Golden State pulled away with a 21-point benefit within the third quarter. 

Stephen Curry has been one of the best participant within the sequence via two video games. The Warriors star is averaging 31.5 factors, 5.5 rebounds and 4.5 assists per sport. Curry is 12-of-26 from three-point vary. The purpose guard has scored at the very least 12 extra factors than some other Golden State participant in every Finals sport.

It was Curry and Golden State’s protection that led the best way in Sport 2. The Celtics dedicated 18 turnovers and made eight fewer three-pointers than they did in Sport 1.

Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown are each averaging at the very least 20 factors per sport within the NBA Finals. Tatum is capturing an abysmal 29.9% from the sector, however he had 13 assists in Sport 1 and made six three-pointers in Sport 2. Brown’s fourth-quarter offense sparked Boston’s comeback within the opener.

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Each of the Celtics’ stars ought to have massive nights in Sport 3. After Marcus Good and Al Horford mixed for simply 4 factors in Sport 2 after totaling 44 factors in Sport 1. They need to be significantly better in entrance of their residence crowd Wednesday.

On the street in opposition to the NBA’s No. 1 protection, the Warriors can have a tough time successful if Curry is the one dependable choice on offense. Klay Thompson stays inconsistent, averaging 13.0 factors on 16.5 field-goal makes an attempt via two video games. Jordan Poole has scored fewer than 18 factors in 5 straight video games. Possibly Andrew Wiggins can step up in Sport 3, although he missed eight of his 12 photographs in Sport 2.

Golden State performed prefer it had extra to lose in Sport 2. Now that the sequence is tied and headed again to Boston, the Celtics’ protection and deeper roster needs to be the distinction in Sport 3.

Sport 3 Prediction: Celtics over Warriors, 105-97

Al Horford #42 of the Boston Celtics Picture: Getty Photographs | Thearon W. Henderson

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