2022 NBA Finals Picks: Celtics vs. Warriors Game 5

  • Date & Location: Monday, June 13, at Chase Center in San Francisco, CA
  • Time: 9:00 p.m. ET
  • How to Watch: ABC

The Golden State Warriors and Boston Celtics are in San Francisco for tonight’s Game 5 of the 2022 NBA Championship Finals Series. The teams are tied at 2-2 in the seven-game series with the clubs alternating wins and losses over the first four games of the championship series. Boston won the opening game 120-108. The Warriors evened the series in Game 2 with a 107-88 win. The Celtics pulled ahead by winning Game 3 at home 116-100. Golden State evened things up with a 107-97 win in Game 4 in Boston.

Boston earned their way to the 2022 NBA Finals with a four-game sweep of the Brooklyn Nets in the opening round of the playoffs. The team then bested the defending NBA Champion Milwaukee Bucks in seven games before topping the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference, the Miami Heat, in seven games during the Eastern Conference Finals.

Golden State made their way to the 2022 NBA Championship Finals series with wins over the Denver Nuggets (4-1), the Memphis Grizzlies (4-2), and the Dallas Mavericks (4-1).

This year marks the Warriors’ first trip to the Finals since they lost to the Toronto Raptors in 2019. The Celtics ended a drought of 12 years. The last time Boston made it to the Finals was 2010, when they lost to the Los Angeles Lakers.

Before we look at 2022 NBA Finals Picks, odds and predictions, check out our guide for betting on the 2022 NBA Playoffs and our tips for betting on the NBA.

2022 NBA Finals Game 5 picks

To Win NBA Championship Finals Game 5BetOnlineBovadaXBetGTBetsMyBookie
Boston Celtics+150+140+140+145+140
Golden State Warriors-170-165-170-170-170

Boston Celtics breakdown and analysis

It might be time for the Boston Celtics to start worrying about Jayson Tatum. Tatum has not been bad during the Championship Finals — he put up a team-high 23 points in that game — but he hasn’t been the same player of earlier series. Against Brooklyn, Tatum hit 45.6 percent of his field goals and averaged 29.5 points. In the Bucks series he connected on 42.1 percent of his field goals and averaged 27.6 points per game. In the Eastern Conference Finals, Tatum landed 47.6 percent of his field goals and averaged 25 points per game. Against the Warriors, Tatum’s field goal percentage is 33.4 percent and his points per game average is 22.3. Put simply, the Celtics are not getting what they need from their best player in this series.

Boston CelticsTO BEAT GOLDEN STATE WARRIORS
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Golden State Warriors breakdown and analysis

When Steph Curry‘s career comes to an end, there will be discussions about the best playoff performance from that Hall-of-Fame run. Game 4 of the 2022 NBA Championship Finals is one of the performances that will get a lot of attention. In Game 4, Curry put up 43 points for his second-highest output ever in a Finals game. He added 10 rebounds and four assists to that stat line while connecting on seven of 14 three-point shots. The Celtics two highest scorers in the game, Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown combined for one point more than Curry in Game 4.

The Warriors were down in the fourth quarter, but dominated the final stanza, outscoring Boston 28-19 and ending the game on a 17-3 run.

Golden State WarrirorsTO BEAT BOSTON CELTICS
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Our pick

With the way Curry played in Game 4 and how the Celtics failed to hold on to the lead in the final quarter, all the momentum is with Golden State heading back to the Chase Center for Game 5.

Pick: Golden State Warriors to defeat Boston Celtics in Game 5 of the 2022 NBA Championship Finals.

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Trent Reinsmith

Trent covers UFC and MMA for MTS. He currently covers MMA for MMA Junkie and Forbes. He has also written for Vice, Bloody Elbow, Fight! Magazine, UFC 360, and Narratively among others. He has been involved with MMA since he and some friends threw some money together to purchase the pay-per-view of UFC 1, and the rest is history.