Warriors vs. Celtics NBA Finals: Game 1 prediction, picks, TV channel, live stream, how to watch online
Celtics vs Warriors live stream: How to watch game 1 of NBA Finals online tonight
NBA Finals 2022: Warriors vs. Celtics Preview, X-Factors and Prediction
[[NBA Finals!@!LIVE!$!STREAM!@!]] Golden State Warriors vs Boston Celtics Live NBA Finals Online 02 June 2022
Tonight, the Finals begin with the Celtics vs Warriors live stream — which has a clear favorite with good reason. Each respective team's paths through the NBA playoffs live streams and their regular season matchups give a bit of a clue, it seems, to how tonight will go down.
In 1964, the Boston Celtics defeated the (then) San Francisco Warriors 4-1 in the NBA Finals. At the time, you could be forgiven for assuming a rematch would be coming. With Wilt Chamberlain leading the way and a young Nate Thurmond ascending as a possible front-court partner, the Warriors should've controlled the Western Conference for years to come. Instead, the Warriors dealt Chamberlain to Philadelphia, and their second chance at the Celtics was put on hold. There were close calls in 2017 and 2018, but Boston lost in the Eastern Conference finals in both seasons. Now, finally, 58 years after that original matchup, Golden State and Boston will play for a championship yet again.
This time, it won't be interior behemoths like Chamberlain and Bill Russell fighting for the crown. Stephen Curry, the greatest shooter of all time, leads the Warriors against two of the league's best young wings, Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown. Even if they've never met in the playoffs, there's already a fair bit of history between these teams. Boston is the only team in the NBA with a record above .500 against the Warriors under Steve Kerr at 9-7. Marcus Smart was involved in the play that injured Curry earlier this season. This series might not have the star power Russell vs. Chamberlain had, but it figures to be a much closer matchup. Here's everything you need to know to tune into Game 1.
Golden State brings a very strong lineup to the court, as Steph Curry, Draymond Green, Jordan Poole and Klay Thompson can all be the big X-factor on any given evening. Meanwhile, Boston leans on both Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown a little harder, as the rest of their team hasn't proven as consistent.
And speaking of Curry, he's the main reason why Boston will own the series when it comes to Guards. Sure, Boston will have the 2022 NBA Defensing Player of the Year Marcus Smart putting some of the best defense in the league on Curry, but most are likely thinking that even Smart won't be enough.
In so many ways, the Warriors and Celtics are a Finals showdown that felt inevitable, the culmination of one organization striving to stay ahead of a strategic curve that was established by the other. The individual matchups, quarter-to-quarter adjustments and broad schematic charm that will be seen throughout this series underlines an egregious amount of skill and intelligence. Both teams know what they are, which, from series to series, is whatever they need to be.
From a narrative perspective, the intrigue writes itself. Despite so many new faces who weren’t around the last time Golden State won it all, this group should still be described as the old guard—established dominance, full of pride. They’re a trendsetter simultaneously trying to reclaim and hold on to what was once theirs. Four titles in eight years, all with the same head coach and three main characters (not including 38-year-old Andre Iguodala), would be iconic.
Boston’s road included several ups, downs and detours, but after seeing what Golden State constructed, the winningest city in NBA history spent the last half decade steadily rebuilding with and around a core that could, if everything broke right, one day hang with the decade’s defining franchise, a team that illuminated how valuable two-way versatility was about to be.
The desire to be positionless and adaptable didn’t require a premonition after watching the 2015 NBA Finals, but acquiring athletic, skilled wings and ballhandlers who can function in lineups big and small is easier said than done. Former Celtics president Danny Ainge saw the forecast. Instead of taking Jamal Murray, Dragan Bender, Buddy Hield or Kris Dunn in the ’16 draft, he plucked Jaylen Brown, a hyperathletic 6'7" wing who’d one day be able to hold his own against four positions, with the third pick.
The next year, with Markelle Fultz and Lonzo Ball seemingly apparent as the lottery’s top two prizes, Boston traded off the No. 1 pick and took Jayson Tatum third. Neither selection was straightforward or predictable. Fast forward to this year, where those two building blocks have grown up surrounded by pieces who were handpicked and developed to complement them in every way. A similar thing can be said about a Warriors team that would be sitting at home right now if not for critical contributions made by Jordan Poole and Kevon Looney. The Warriors have a league-high eight players selected through the draft on their roster. The Celtics are second, with seven. This is not a coincidence.
Altogether, this championship series has the making of a classic. It’s also extremely hard to predict. The Celtics and Warriors met only once after the trade deadline, in a game on March 16 that didn’t have Andrew Wiggins and saw Curry suffer a foot injury that sidelined him for the rest of the regular season. There’s a little bit to be taken from that night, but too much has since changed to treat it like a projection of what’s to come. Every relevant player on both sides is banged up/energized by the three playoff rounds they just endured to reach this stage.
Maybe, just maybe, Jaylen Brown can out-do Klay Thompson, but nobody's going to feel too confident betting on that happening.
The Celtics' primary advantage comes at the Forward position. Jayson Tatum is the best player at this position in the series, but one wonders if he can be as consistent as Curry has been. If, and only if, Tatum is at his best all series, does Boston have a strong chance.
The Celtics and Warriors have an even 1-1 record from the current NBA season. Golden State is a 3.5-point favorite in Game 1 against Boston. The over/under is 212.5. Here's everything you need to know to watch the Celtics vs Warriors live stream:
Boston Celtics at Golden State Warriors
When: Thursday, June 2 | 9 p.m. ET
Where: Chase Center -- San Francisco, California
TV: ABC | Live stream: fuboTV (Get access now)
Odds: BOS +145; GS -170; O/U 196 (via Caesars Sportsbook)
Boston: The Celtics lost Game 1 against the Heat. They lost Game 1 against the Bucks. Were it not for a miraculous final possession, they would have lost Game 1 against the Nets as well. The Celtics are notoriously slow starters, and that's a problem against a Warriors team whose unique style typically takes a game or two to adjust to. The Warriors are 4-1 in Game 1 of the NBA Finals under Kerr, and they're undefeated in Game 1 this postseason. Can the Celtics finally start a series off on the right foot?
Golden State: The Warriors faced a heavily undermanned Nuggets team in the first round, a Grizzlies team with little playoff experience and no Ja Morant for half of the series in the second, and a Dallas Mavericks team nobody expected to make it that far in the third. There's no such thing as an easy run to the Finals, but the Warriors haven't really been tested yet. Boston has been the NBA's best team since January, and their defense is built perfectly to contain Golden State's motion offense. How do the Warriors adjust to finally facing an opponent with as much talent as they have?
There is nothing wrong with picking Boston to win the series, but Golden State should have a major advantage in Game 1. They're at home. They're healthier. They've had far more rest. And their unique playing style makes them a nightmare to play against in series openers. The Warriors should take Game 1 before the Celtics mount a response in Game 2. The pick: Warriors -3.5
[[LIVESTREAM]] Golden State Warriors vs Boston Celtics Live NBA Finals Online 02 June 2022
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