Golden State vs. Boston NBA Finals 2022 Game 2 Betting Preview

Golden State vs. Boston NBA Finals 2022 Game 2 Betting Preview

Barry Devoe
8 months ago
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Al Horford talks to his team against the Golden State Warriors

Game 2 of the 2022 NBA Finals between the Golden State Warriors and Boston Celtics takes place Sunday evening, as the Celtics prevailed down the stretch in Game 1.

The Warriors enter play favored with a -4 spread. Let’s take a look at what’s at stake for both teams heading into Game 2.

Warriors Outlook

The Warriors were in absolute control during the first three quarters in Game 1, as Stephen Curry was cookin’ it up in the first quarter alone, going off for 21 points on 7-of-9 shooting in the period.

However, once the game slowed down a little bit, Curry cooled down significantly, but Andrew Wiggins put up 12 points in the third to help keep the Warriors out on front. Wiggins finished with 20 points on 8-of-15 shooting in his first-ever Finals game.

It was an absolute struggle for Draymond Green on both ends of the floor, as he put up four points on 2-of-12 shooting and made several bad reads on the defensive side of the floor. 

Green was caught in no man’s land several times throughout the game, which allowed Celtics’ shooters to get wide open.

Klay Thompson scored 15 points in his first Finals game in three years, shooting 6-of-14 from the field.

Jordan Poole struggled to give the Warriors a lift off the bench, scoring just nine points on a forgettable 2-of-7 shooting from the field.

Celtics Outlook

It was the Al Horford show for the Celtics in Game 1, as he went off for 26 points on 9-of-12 shooting, including six 3-pointers a day before his 36th birthday.

Horford hit some clutch threes down the stretch in the fourth quarter, which helped the Celtics build up their lead after entering the quarter down by 12 points.

Horford has been through some very deep playoff runs during his career. However, he was never able to get to the Finals up until this point, but he proved that preparation meets opportunity saying.

It was a struggle for Jayson Tatum in his first FInals game, as he was only able to score 12 points on 3-of-17 shooting from the floor. However, he was able to rack up 13 assists.

Jaylen Brown put up 24 points on 10-of-23 shooting to go along with seven rebounds and five assists in Game 1.

Derrick White came off the bench to score 21 points on 6-of-11 shooting. Marcus Smart provided 18 points, five rebounds, and four assists.

Warriors Win

The Warriors appeared to have this win all but wrapped up, but the Celtics stormed back at the right time and slowed the game down to a pace they were comfortable with, as that prevented the Warriors from moving the ball around and getting off quality shots.

However, the Celtics hit a ton of threes in Game 1 from unlikely sources, so they can’t rely on that happening again in Game 2, especially if they’re trying to fight back.

Expect the Warriors to make the proper adjustments and bounce back in Game 2 while covering the spread.

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