Celtics vs Warriors prediction, pick, odds, spread, line for 2022 NBA Finals Game 2

Celtics vs Warriors prediction, pick, odds, spread, line for 2022 NBA Finals Game 2

Game 1 of the 2022 NBA Finals was a wild game that saw the Golden State Warriors take a big lead in the third quarter only for the Boston Celtics to come back strong in the fourth quarter to steal the game and take a 1 -0 in the best-of-seven series. Al Horford led the way for Boston in Game 1 as the veteran big man dropped a career-high 26 points and six 3-pointers while Jaylen Brown added 24 points , seven rebounds and five assists. Jayson Tatum didn’t have his best shooting game, he was just 3 of 17 from the floor, but he did a great job setting his teammates up as he finished in the win with 13 assists.

In Game 2, the Celtics will look to build on the momentum they built in the final 12 minutes of Game 1, while the Warriors will look to bounce back and even the series before it moves to Boston for two straight games. That said, here’s everything you need to know about Game 2 between Boston and Golden State, plus picks against the spread and straight from our CBS Sports NBA experts.

How to watch match 2 live

  • Game: NBA Finals Game 2
  • Date: Sunday June 5 | Time: 8 p.m. ET
  • Location: Chase Center — San Francisco, CA
  • TV: ABC | Direct: fuboTV (Get Access Now)
  • Odds: BOS +160; GS-190; O/U 215.5 (via Caesars Sportsbook)

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Celtics vs Warriors Prediction, Match 2 Pick

Bill Reiter: Draymond Green was right: the Warriors dominated the first 40-plus minutes of Game 1. They’ll extend that feat to the full 48 minutes on Sunday, aided by an offensive outing from guys like Jordan Poole, heroes in Stephen Curry and a Celtics team whose supporting cast will average back. Are Al Horford and Derrick White good players? Yes. Can you count on them for a total of 47 points on 15 of 23 shots? No. This streak is far from over, which will be clear after Game 2 ends. Choose: Warriors -4 | Warriors 123, Celtics 111

Brad Botkin: We can sit and talk about how the Boston shooters are going to come down to earth, which is probably true, but will Stephen Curry still hit six 3s in a quarter? Will Jayson Tatum go 3 for 17 again? I don’t believe in this idea that games are played by computers designed to achieve a theoretical law of averages. More than 82 games? Good. In two games, one has nothing to do with the other. The Celtics are going to make life hell at Golden State, and vice versa, like they did for each other in Game 1, because they’re extremely even. I think the Celtics are slightly better. I chose them from the series. For this match, however, I will go with the desperate team. It’s a must win for the Warriors. They go down 0-2, it’s over. I don’t believe that will happen. But it will be close. Celtics with the points, Warriors all right. Choose: Celtics +4 | Warriors 111, Celtics 108

James Herbert: What’s the most chaotic choice I can make? Another Celtics victory, but this time it comes down to the final seconds? Let’s go with that. Seriously, even if the Warriors force more turnovers (Gary Payton II minutes would help with that) and avoid another untimely scoring drought, I’m concerned about their inability to find a formation that balances spacing and defending on the section. Hope this sounds silly later; I want (and predict) seven games. Choose: Celtics +4 | Celtics 113, Warriors 111

Sam Quinn: Let me be the millionth person to say that Boston probably won’t shoot as well anymore. Yes, yes, I know, we do this dance twice a round… but the Celtics tend to regress after big nights of filming. They have five games in the playoffs shooting at least 40 percent over 3, and none of them have come back-to-back. More pressing, I expect a slightly more sloppy offensive performance from Boston if Gary Payton II plays. The Celtics are averaging nearly 15 turnovers per game in the Miami series. They only had 12 against Golden State in Game 1. Boston should now be favored in the series, but I’m giving Golden State the advantage to tie things up in Game 2. Choose: Warriors -4 | Warriors 109, Celtics 102

Michel Kaskey-Blomain: It seems unlikely that the Celtics will get the same type of performance as in Game 1 from the likes of Derrick White, Al Horford and Payton Pritchard in Game 2. It also seems unlikely that the Warriors will drop the first two. home series games knowing how tough it will be to come out of a 2-0 hole against a team as good as the Celtics. Expect Golden State to be focused, like they did in Game 1, but to keep it going through the contest this time. If they can stay focused for the full 48 minutes, the series should head to Boston tied at 1-1. Choose: Warriors -4 | Warriors 111, Celtics 104

Jasmine Wimbish: The Celtics got a career night from Al Horford en route to handing the Warriors their first home playoff loss this season. Golden State followed the game plan of trying to shut down Jayson Tatum and let everyone beat them. The first game worked – if you don’t look at Tatum’s 13 assists – but the second game certainly didn’t go to plan. It also doesn’t help when Jordan Poole, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green are all having unusual nights. The Warriors know this is a game to win, so I guess they play up to that importance and head to Boston with a 1-1 draw. Choose: Warriors -4 | Warriors 115; Celtics 110

Jack Maloney: The Celtics surprised just about everyone (aside from Brad and James) by coming back from a 15-point deficit to steal Game 1 and home-field advantage. That puts a ton of pressure on the Warriors in Game 2; they can’t lose both games in the bay and come back to Boston 2-0. They will be the most desperate team and get the job done this time. Choose: Warriors -4 | Warriors 115 — Celtics 106

Hake Ward Henninger: It doesn’t take a basketball genius to realize how important this game is to the Warriors, but it’s not as simple as coming out with the right energy and focus. Boston figured out some things in the fourth quarter of Game 1 that go beyond hot shooting, and it will be up to the Warriors to make adjustments. That being said, I expect Golden State’s supporting cast to provide more help for Steph Curry – Klay Thompson tends to play well in the proverbial must-play games, as we all know, and Draymond Green doesn’t. can’t play much worse than he did on Thursday. I may succumb to a bit of homericism, but I’m still going to pick the Warriors in this one – perhaps against my better judgment. I think it will be less marked than Game 1 since the defenses will know what to look for. Choose: Warriors -4 | Warriors 105, Celtics 99

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