The NBA Finals are set, pitting the Golden State Warriors against the Boston Celtics for the 2022 title. These teams split their season series 1-1, so this championship bout could end up going the distance as these accomplished franchises look to add another ring.
Warriors vs Celtics Schedule
Below is the full official schedule for the Warriors vs Celtics NBA Finals series. All games will air on ABC.
Game 1: Thursday, June 2: Boston @ Golden State (9 p.m. ET)
Game 2: Sunday, June 5: Boston @ Golden State (8 p.m. ET)
Game 3: Wednesday, June 8: Golden State @ Boston (9 p.m. ET)
Game 4: Friday, June 10: Golden State @ Boston (9 p.m. ET)
Game 5: Monday, June 13: Boston @ Golden State (9 p.m. ET)– if necessary
Game 6: Thursday, June 16: Golden State @ Boston (9 p.m. ET)– if necessary
Game 7: Sunday, June 19: Boston @ Golden State (8 p.m. ET)– if necessary
Warriors vs Celtics Odds
NBA Finals odds from FanDuel Sportsbook have the Warriors as -160 favorites to win the series, while the Celtics are +130 underdogs.
The odds see a seven-game series (+185) as the most likely outcome between these two talented teams.
Warriors vs Celtics Predictions
Boston enters this series after surviving back-to-back seven-game series. Injuries to key players have certainly impacted the Celtics in the postseason, but the star duo of Jayson Tatum (29.0 PPG this playoffs) and Jaylen Brown (22.9 PPG) along with impressive depth has kept their championship hopes alive.
Boston's top-ranked defense has remained as strong as ever, ranking second in fewest PPG (101.0) allowed this postseason. That imposing unit has helped this team squeak out wins with a middling offense (107.1 PPG, No. 8 this playoffs) that's struggled at times to put together multiple successful possessions.
The Celtics' execution will be the main factor that determines how much they test Golden State. Ime Udoka's squad has shown a tendency this playoffs to seemingly put together one bad quarter a game where turnovers rack up in bunches and the offense adopts poor shot selection. The Warriors are the type of experienced team that will pounce on those mistakes and use them to build seemingly insurmountable leads.
It's hard not to think of Golden State as the clear favorites here. The championship-winning trio of Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green is already a nightmare to gameplan for, but now there's Jordan Poole (18.4 PPG) and Andrew Wiggins (15.8 PPG) providing serious offensive threats as well. This scoring talent means the Warriors can afford to get into track meets, while the Celtics need to slow things down since their weapons after Tatum and Brown aren't nearly as strong.
Boston needs to be nearly perfect on offense, while maintaining their intensity on the other end, to have a shot at an upset. That's too much to ask from a team whose core is getting its first taste of Finals action against a proven dynasty. I'm siding with the Warriors' experience and offensive talent to overcome a strangling defense.
Prediction: Warriors win the series (-160)
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