NBA Finals Game 1 odds, picks: Expert predictions for Warriors vs Celtics

NBA Finals Game 1 odds, picks: Expert predictions for Warriors vs Celtics

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Golden State has been waiting a week since eliminating Dallas, and Boston is just days away from winning Game 7 in Miami. Will the extra rest help the Warriors be fresher or cause some early rust?

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

The Warriors are also favorites to win the series. How will this game go?

What time 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 2 | 9 p.m. ET

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

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

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

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

Game 6*: Warriors to the 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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Game Preview Warriors vs Celtics 1

Unstoppable force, encounter a stationary object. Golden State, the vanguard of the NBA’s current high-flying, free-shooting and running offensive era, will meet the Celtics, a throwback to the tough, elbow-and-tough times of the East. Past conferences. They will decide on a title. At work.

Except, shhHere’s a secret: The Warriors are the league’s second-best defensive team this season, just half a point behind Boston in defensive rankings. With Draymond Green, Golden State can lock down its half court with the best. And the Celtics have been a more effective offense than Golden State this season. Behind Jayson Tatum, they had more than one point better per rating.

Normally before the finals, one wonders which team will dictate the style more effectively. If a team forces a game into their hands, they usually win. In this case, do we even know what kind of game each of these teams prefers?

On paper, the Celtics have a sizable height advantage, with a muscular frontcourt full of players seemingly as wide as they are tall. And that kind of team traditionally wants to hit the paint. The Warriors, on paper, can shoot the 3, and those kind of teams usually want to expand the field and attract the big guys.

But Boston over the past two series has shortened its roster to a seven-deep rotation, and it’s already battling the waning injury return. The Warriors found themselves in trouble when the under-equipped Mavericks found a way past them from deep. Maybe the paper is worth nothing.

History says the Warriors, winners of three titles since 2015, are one step ahead of the surging Celtics. They’ve reached the final in six of the last eight seasons for a reason. But the Celtics are no exception. They’ve been hardened on a tougher path through the Eastern Conference playoffs.

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

Warriors vs Celtics expert picks and predictions for Game 1

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