- Date & Location: Wednesday, June 8 at TD Garden in Boston, MA
- Time: 9:00 p.m. ET
- How to Watch: ABC
The 2022 NBA Championship Finals began on Thursday, June 2. The Golden State Warriors represent the Western Conference, while the Boston Celtics are the Eastern Conference delegates. These two teams last met in the NBA Finals at the end of the 1963-64 season. As far as star power, the Warriors had Wilt Chamberlain and the Celtics featured Bill Russell. The Celtics won that series. It was their sixth straight NBA championship title.
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.
The series is tied at 1-1. Boston won the opening game 120-108. The Warriors evened the series in Game 2 with a 107-88 win. The series moves to Boston for Games 3 and 4.
2022 NBA Finals Game 3 picks
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Golden State Warriors breakdown and analysis
The Golden State Warriors were rested and playing at home to open the 2022 NBA Championship Finals. Despite that — and the fact that the Celtics had zero NBA Championship series experience — Boston won Game 1 by a 120-108 score. The Warriors did not allow the Celtics to sweep them at home.
Steph Curry led all players in scoring with 29 points in the game and three of the other starters hit double digits in points, while Jordan Poole contributed 17 points off the bench. The one starter without more than 10 points was Draymond Green, who had nine points, but made his presence felt in other ways during the 35 minutes he spent on the court.
Green played excellent defense in limiting Jaylen Brown to 5-for-17 from the field and he played with a level of emotion that bordered on reckless. Curry’s said of Green’s play, “Some of that stuff doesn’t always show up in the stat sheet. But you feel him in his presence, and the other team feels his presence and intensity, and that’s contagious for all of us.”
Boston Celtics breakdown and analysis
In Game 1 of their series against the Golden State Warriors, the Boston Celtics had four starters with more than 10 points and one bench player in double digits. Three of those players — Al Horford, Jaylen Brown and Derrick White — had over 20 points. Marcus Smart didn’t hit 20, but he came close with 18. In Game 2, three Celtics hit double digits and only Tatum had more than 20 with 28.
The Celtics should be prepared to deal with Draymond Green in Game 3 and if that means less use of Jaylen Brown on the offensive side of the game, so be it. The Celtics are not a two player team and they have the roster depth to move the focus from Brown to another player.
Here is a fact that needs to be mentioned as this series heads to Boston for the next two games. The Warriors have won at least one road game in an NBA-record 26 playoff series. Another fact that needs to be mentioned is that Boston has lost more home games (four) than road games (three) during this year’s playoffs.
Boston is good team and I think this game will be a close one, but I am going with the underdog, experience and momentum in Game 3 of the NBA Finals and picking the Warriors to go up 2-1.
Pick: Golden State Warriors to win Game 3 of the 2022 NBA Championship Finals.
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