The Celtics lost back-to-back games and are behind for the first time in this series while the Warriors are just a win away from another NBA Championship. The Celtics' offence crumbled in Game 5 and they couldn’t take advantage of Stephen Curry’s shooting slump and now the Ime-Udoka-led Celtics have to make all the necessary adjustments against the Warriors in Game 6 to give them a chance at getting the Celtics’ 17th Championship.
The match starts at 9:00 p.m. ET on Thursday, 16 June 2022. The game time by GMT is 1:00 a.m. on Friday, June 17. The match venue is TD Garden, Boston, MA.
Betting tips and match predictions for the Boston Celtics vs Golden State Warriors (June 16) game are available in this article. The latest betting odds, key stats, team news, and projected starting lineups are previewed below.
Boston Celtics vs Golden State Warriors latest odds on betting sites
The Celtics money line odds are priced at 1.58 (-172 American; 29/50 Fractional), while the Warriors money line odds are priced at 2.50 (+150; 3/2). This equals approximate probabilities of 60% against 40% respectively.
- Over 210.0 points — 1.90 (-111; 9/10)
- Under 210.0 points — 1.90 (-111; 9/10)
1st Half money line odds:
- Boston Celtics — 1.71 (-141 American; 22/31 Fractional)
- Golden State Warriors — 2.31 (+131; 38/29)
- Boston Celtics -4.0: 1.90 (-111; 9/10)
- Golden State Warriors +4.0: 1.90 (-111; 9/10)
Boston Celtics vs Golden State Warriors match preview and statistics
The Celtics couldn’t get the offence going in the first half, trailing by as much as 12 points at the end of the second quarter. They had a bright start to the second half, winning the third quarter 35-24, their best third-quarter performance in this series, but they fell short to the Warriors in the fourth quarter and couldn’t get the job done.
Jason Tatum led the Celtics with a game-high 27 points on 10-of-20 shooting, 10 boards and 4 assists while Marcus Smart followed up with 20 points, 3 boards and 2 assists.
Jaylen Brown added 18 points and 9 boards while Robert Williams Chipped in 10 points and 8 boards.
Team statistics: 31/75 (41.3%) field goals, 11/32 (34.4%) 3 pointers, 21/31 (67.7%) free throws, 18 assists, 47 total rebounds, 2 steals, 2 blocks, 18 turnovers, 16 fouls.
Boston Celtics team news: No injury reported.
The Warriors even though Stephen Curry finally had a bad game, the role players did enough to secure the dub for the team. The 10-0 run to start the fourth quarter was all that was needed to earn their first lead in this series which puts them a win away from their 7th championship.
Andrew Wiggins was the man for the Warriors with his impressive performance on the defensive ends and offensive ends. He led the Warriors with 26 points and 13 rebounds double-double while Klay Thompson tallied 21 points and 2 steals.
Stephen Curry dropped 16 points, 6 assists and 2 steals while Gary Payton II and Jordan Poole both added 15 and 14 bench points respectively.
Team statistics: 41/88 (46.6%) field goals, 9/40 (22.5%) 3 pointers, 13/15 (86.7%) free throws, 23 assists, 39 total rebounds, 2 blocks, 9 steals, 6 turnovers, 22 fouls.
Golden State Warriors team news: James Wiseman is ruled out for the match.
Boston Celtics vs Golden State Warriors H2H
The last time the Warriors played the Celtics in the NBA finals, was in the 1963/1964 season in which the Celtics won in the finals and they closed out the series in five games. The Warriors have taken the lead in this series 3-2.
Boston Celtics vs Golden State Warriors lineups and key players
Boston Celtics projected starting lineup:
- Point guard: Marcus Smart
- Shooting guard: Jaylen Brown
- Small forward: Jayson Tatum
- Power forward: Al Horford
- Center: Robert Williams III
Jaylen Brown is the key player to watch out for. The Celtics can’t get things going on the offensive ends especially when Jaylen Brown had a bad game. He was 5-for-18 from the field in Game 5 and couldn’t make a shot from long range. With Jayson Tatum being well guarded by Andrew Wiggins, Jaylen Brown is the decisive factor for the Celtics.
Golden State Warriors projected starting lineup:
- Point guard: Stephen Curry
- Shooting guard: Klay Thompson
- Small forward: Andrew Wiggins
- Power forward: Otto Porter Jr
- Center: Draymond Green
Andrew Wiggins is the key player to watch out for. For someone who was tasked with guarding Jayson Tatum, he was still able to contribute immensely to the Warriors' offence with 26 points. He has 43 points and 29 boards in the last two games and his role as Tatum’s primary defender has significantly crippled the Celtics’ offence.
Boston Celtics vs Golden State Warriors predictions and betting tips
The Boston Celtics had not lost consecutive games in this postseason until Game 5 at the Chase Center where they lost by 10 points. One adjustment that was key to the Warriors dominating the Celtics in Game 5 was their defence. The Warriors who only had 6 turnovers in the game forced the Celtics to turnover the ball 18 times which led to 22 points off turnovers for the Warriors.
Heading into Game 6 at the TD Garden, the Celtics are in a win-or-go-home situation in which in this postseason, they have a 3-0 record when facing elimination. When they were 3-2 down against the Bucks, they won the next two games to proceed to the ECF and they also defeated the Miami Heat while facing elimination. The Celtics will be playing at home and with the resilience the team has shown in this postseason, I back them to win Game 6 and force a Game 7. Predictions for this game are the Boston Celtics to win and over 210.0 points.
Betting prediction: Boston Celtics to win
Odds: 1.58 (-172 American; 29/50 Fractional)
Betting prediction: Over 210 points
Odds: 1.90 (-111 American; 9/10 Fractional)