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The NBA Finals will pick back up on Sunday night for Game 2 when the visiting Boston Celtics clash with the Golden State Warriors. Coverage on ABC begins at 8 p.m. ET from Chase Center.
The Celtics erupted from the 3-point line in the fourth quarter to take a 120-108 road victory in Game 1. After trailing by 15 points late in the third quarter, the Celtics outscored the Warriors by a whopping 40-16 margin in the final frame. The Celtics are the first team to trail an NBA Finals game by at least 10 points and win by 10 points or more, according to Sportradar. The Celtics shot a blistering 9-for-12 from beyond the arc in the fourth quarter.
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In his NBA Finals debut, five-time Celtics All-Star center Al Horford scored 26 points as he converted six of his eight 3-pointers. Horford’s six 3-pointers are the most ever for a player in their first NBA Finals contest.
Celtics All-Star guard Jaylen Brown collected 24 points, seven rebounds, five assists, two steals, and a block. Celtics reserve Derrick White went for 21 points (5-for-8 on 3-pointers). Marcus Smart added 18 points, five rebounds, four assists, and two steals.
Celtics superstar Jayson Tatum struggled offensively with 12 points (3-for-17 shooting) but amassed 13 assists.
Warriors superstar Stephen Curry tallied 34 points (7-for-14 on 3-pointers), five rebounds, five assists, and three steals. Curry came out on fire with 21 points and six 3-pointers in the first quarter. The six 3-pointers set an NBA Finals record for a single quarter, according to the Associated Press. The 21 points were the most since Michael Jordan’s 22 in the fourth quarter of a Game 4 contest vs. the Phoenix Suns in 1993, according to the Associated Press.
Andrew Wiggins had 20 points, five rebounds and three blocks for the Warriors. Warriors superstar Klay Thompson chipped in 15 points.
The Celtics are now an impressive 8-2 on the road during these playoffs. This was the first loss for the Warriors at home in ten contests this postseason. The Warriors were previously 21-2 in Game 1s under Steve Kerr.
Despite losing Game 1, the Warriors are favored by 4.5 points over the Celtics in Game 2. The Warriors are 5-2 against the spread in their last seven contests. However, the Warriors are 1-7 SU in their last eight games vs. the Celtics. Additionally, the Celtics are 5-0 SU in their last five games at Golden State and 5-0-1 against the spread in their last six contests vs. the Warriors.
The over/under is set for 215.5 points for Game 2. The OVER was achieved in Game 1. The UNDER has happened in 11 of the last 14 games between the Celtics and Warriors. Count on the UNDER this time as the defense gets ramped up in a crucial contest.
The Celtics are tied with the Lakers for the most championships in league history (17), while the Warriors possess four titles since relocating to California.
The Celtics will cover the spread, but the Warriors will bounce back at home in Game 2 to tie the series at 1.
Written by Rolando Rosa, our US sports betting industry expert. Follow him on Twitter @RolandoRosa3
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