Warriors vs Celtics NBA Finals: Game 6 prediction, picks, TV channel, live stream, how to watch online

Warriors vs Celtics NBA Finals: Game 6 prediction, picks, TV channel, live stream, how to watch online

The stakes couldn’t be higher for the Boston Celtics heading into Game 6 of the NBA Finals against the Golden State Warriors on Thursday night. With a victory, they will keep their championship hopes alive and force a decisive seventh game. With a loss, their season will end and the Warriors will win their fourth ring in eight years under coach Steve Kerr.

At one point, Boston held a 2-1 series lead and things seemed to be going according to plan. However, two consecutive poor performances in the fourth quarter now have the Celtics on the brink of elimination. What’s particularly deflating for the Celtics is the fact that they held Steph Curry scoreless beyond the arc in Game 5 and still couldn’t come away with a win. It seems unlikely that Curry will have two consecutive poor shooting performances. The good news for the Celtics is that they have proven adept at bouncing back from playoff losses. They are 7-1 straight out of a playoff loss, with their only loss coming in Game 5 against Golden State. Also, they can play in front of their home fans, so maybe they will get a boost from them.

Here’s everything you need to know about Game 6 between Boston and Golden State.

Boston Celtics vs. Golden State Warriors

  • When: Thursday June 16 | 9 p.m. ET
  • Where: TD Garden — Boston, Massachusetts
  • TV: ABC | Direct: fuboTV (Try for free)
  • Odds: BOS-170; SG+145; O/U 210 (via Caesars Sportsbook)

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Scenarios

Warriors: When Steph Curry struggled in Game 5, the plays around him intensified. Andrew Wiggins had his best playoff game with 26 points and 13 rebounds, Klay Thompson was down 21 points, and Jordan Poole and Gary Payton II combined for 29 points off the bench. Will Golden State get similar contributions from these guys in Game 6? Because if so, Warriors fans should get ready to pop the champagne. The Warriors have had trouble this postseason when they rely too heavily on Curry on the offensive end, but if he gets help, they’re extremely difficult to topple. Plus, we can probably assume that Curry will shoot at least a little better on the field than he did in Game 5.

Celtics: If Boston is going to extend its season, it will have to take care of the ball. The Celtics had 18 turnovers that led to 22 points for Golden State in Game 5, and that just won’t be enough against a team as dangerous and explosive as the Warriors. Live turnovers are especially tough against the Warriors because they’re deadly in transition. It’s been a trend throughout the post-season. Basically, when the Celtics handle the ball, they win. When they don’t, they lose.

Boston will also need a big performance from Jayson Tatum, who has been held under 30 points in every Finals game so far. Tatum was selected to the All-NBA First Team this season, and he just has to play like that. Tatum needs to be aggressive from the jump and set the tone for the Celtics. If Boston can handle the ball and get a stellar game out of Tatum, then maybe this streak will go far. Otherwise, the Warriors will likely celebrate in front of the Boston faithful.

Prediction, choice

With their season on the line and playing in front of their home fans, you’d think the Celtics would be able to muster enough energy and focus to pull off a win and extend the streak. That’s what most fans outside of California should be hoping for, at least. After all, there are no better words in sports than “Game 7”. The NBA Finals haven’t gone to a Game 7 since 2016 when the LeBron James-led Cavaliers came back from 3-1 to defeat the Warriors, but they could this year. Pick: Celtics -4

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