Obviously, the big appeal of any NBA Finals matchup is that we're watching the best team from each conference face-off. The matchup can be especially intriguing, however, because they're not usually very familiar opponents.
Case in point: the Golden State Warriors and Boston Celtics met only twice in the regular season before squaring off in the NBA Finals.
If you're interested in how those matchups played out, and what it could mean for this series, The Duel has you covered.
Warriors vs Celtics Regular Season
Here are the results from the Warriors and Celtics' two regular season matchups in the 2021-22 season:
- December 17, 2021: Warriors (111) def. Celtics (107) - in Boston
- March 16, 2022: Celtics (110) def. Warriors (88) - in Golden State
Of course, December was a long time ago. Klay Thompson was still sidelined in that one, and the Warriors starting lineup was Stephen Curry, Moses Moody, Andrew Wiggins, Draymond Green and Kevon Looney. Jordan Bell also didn't play.
The Celtics' starting five was a little more familiar, with Marcus Smart, Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown and Robert Williams joined by Romeo Langford. They were missing Al Horford and Grant Williams, while they had yet to acquire Derrick White.
The second matchup saw the Celtics playing a lot closer to their current rotation, with Smart, Brown, Tatum, Rob Williams and Horford starting while Derrick White led the bench players in minutes. A banged up Curry didn't even play 14 minutes in that one, and that iteration of the lineup had Green coming off the bench with Looney and Porter starting. Not exactly the lineup we'll expect against Boston in the postseason.
Warriors vs Celtics Regular Season Odds
Now let's take a look at how the odds, from FanDuel Sportsbook's NBA odds, have shifted as the Warriors and Celtics faced off in the regular season.
Moneyline: GSW: (-146) | BOS: (+124)
Spread: GSW: -3 (-110) | BOS: +3 (-110)
Total: 212.5 — Over: (-110) | Under: (-110)
Moneyline: BOS: (+110) | GSW: (-130)
Spread: BOS: +2 (-108) | GSW: -2 (-112)
Total: 219.5 — Over: (-110) | Under: (-110)
And now here's a look at the odds for Game 1:
Moneyline: BOS: (+140) | GSW: (-166)
Spread: BOS: +3.5 (-110) | GSW: -3.5 (-110)
Total: 211.5 — Over: (-110) | Under: (-110)
It's notable that Boston has become a bigger favorite despite the projected over/under falling. A slower-paced lower-scoring matchup figures to favor the Celtics and their grinding style more than it would the Warriors. In fact, Boston is 4-0 in games with a pace of 92.0 or less over their last two series while going just 4-6 when the pace climbs above that mark.
Regardless of who you like to win the game (and the series), this discrepancy could point to some value on either taking the Celtics and the under or the Warriors and the over.
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