Boston Celtics vs Golden State Warriors 6/2/22: Starting Lineups, Matchup Preview, Betting Odds, Predictions

Boston Celtics vs. Golden State Warriors Matchup Preview (6/2/22)

It’s officially time for the NBA Finals, which means the ultimate reset button has been pressed. Except for injuries in the previous series, nothing that has happened in the past matters anymore. It’s a series of seven games between the two most competitive and complete teams in the NBA, and all they have to do to reach the pinnacle of the sport is win four of those.

Conventional wisdom would tell us that the team with home-court advantage has an advantage; however, the Boston Celtics have a better road record in the playoffs than their home record, so the fact they don’t have it may not matter to them. It has been a different story for the Warriors this postseason, as they have had modest success on the road but are undefeated at home. This collision between a perfect home team and an incredibly tough road team should make for an exciting NBA Finals! Below I cover the Game One analysis and the series outlook for both teams, so take a look and stay tuned for articles on every NBA Finals game!

Boston Celtics vs. Golden State Warriors Betting Odds

The C’s poise and ability to remain unfazed when confronted with challenging road games is extremely impressive and rare for an NBA team. Still, I will be backing the Warriors in Game One. They have had more rest and time to prepare for Boston than the other way around. This should be a competitive series, but I like Golden State to grab a home win in Game One. Experience in the Finals matters, and the Warriors have a lot more of it than Boston.

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How To Watch

Date: 6/2/22
Time: 9:00 PM ET
Arena: Chase Center – San Francisco, CA
Channel: ABC/ESPN

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Boston Celtics Starting Lineup

PG: Marcus Smart
SG: Jaylen Brown
SF: Jayson Tatum
PF: Al Horford
C: Robert Williams III

Boston Celtics Analysis

If there is one thing that I have learned about this Boston Celtics team throughout the 2022 NBA Playoffs, it’s that their idea of “home-court advantage” might just be playing on the road. As a matter of fact, Boston may prefer playing on the road, and the numbers back up this claim: the Celtics are 7-2 on the road and merely 5-4 at home during the playoffs this year. It should go without saying, but that is highly irregular for a basketball team at any level. Additionally, Boston has not lost back-to-back games in the playoffs yet. Every time it loses, it bounces back in a big way. It’s extremely fun watching this team grow after being virtually a playoff bubble team just six months ago; many people believed that the Celtics should just blow the team up and start over. Now, Boston has a chance to beat the red-hot Golden State Warriors in the Finals, but it will have to replicate its 122.3 offensive rating between February 1st and the start of the NBA playoffs. The 112,4 offensive rating the C’s have amassed throughout the playoffs will not cut it.

Golden State Warriors Starting Lineup

PG: Steph Curry
SG: Klay Thompson
SF: Andrew Wiggins
PF: Draymond Green
C: Kevon Looney

Golden State Warriors Analysis

Golden State has been perfect at home through the first three rounds, winning all nine of its games at the Chase Center. A little bit of luck has been involved, including a favorable matchup with the Dallas Mavericks in the Western Conference Finals and an injury to Ja Morant in the Semi-Finals; however, championship teams always take advantage of beneficial circumstances. Since the start of the playoffs, the Warriors have shot just shy of 50% from the field and 38% from deep. It will be hard to beat the Dubs when they are shooting the lights out as they have been. Still, there are a few glaring issues that Golden State has to address now, or it will allow Boston to hang around in this series. The main concern is the 14 turnovers per game it has averaged during the playoffs. Unless the Dubs can counter that deficiency by forcing more turnovers on the other end of the floor, which they have not up to this point, then this could be a problem in this series.

Drew is a lead NBA writer at Lineups.com where he has been covering in-season basketball coverage to the NBA Draft. He is a former collegiate player who now spends time diving into NBA prospects and evaluating the analytics of the NBA.

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