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The NBA Finals will pick back up on Thursday night for Game 6 when the visiting Golden State Warriors clash with the Boston Celtics. Coverage on ABC begins at 9 p.m. ET from TD Garden.
The host Warriors defeated the Celtics 104-94 in Game 5 to move within one victory of the championship. Andrew Wiggins rose to the occasion for the Warriors. The All-Star led the way with 26 points and 13 rebounds. Warriors superstar Klay Thompson went for 21 points. Three-point king Stephen Curry surprisingly missed all nine of his attempts.
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Curry (16 points, eight assists) entered with an NBA record 132 consecutive playoff games with at least one 3-pointer, according to the Associated Press. The legendary shooter also was on an NBA-best streak of 233 games in a row when factoring in the regular season as well. The last time Curry didn’t make a three-pointer prior to this was in a loss to the Bucks on Nov. 18, 2018.
The Warriors won the game despite shooting an uncharacteristic 9-for-40 from the 3-point line. Five of those three-pointers came from Thompson. The sharpshooter is now second to only his teammate Curry in three-pointers made in Finals history.
Wiggins made all of his shots in the paint with the exception of two mid-range jumpers.
Three-time All-Star Jayson Tatum scored 27 points and grabbed 10 rebounds for the Celtics. Defensive Player of the Year Marcus Smart produced 20 points. All-Star Jaylen Brown added 18 points and nine rebounds.
All five Finals contests so far have been decided by 10 points or less. This is the first time in these playoffs that the Celtics have lost back-to-back games.
The Warriors are seeking their fourth NBA title in the last eight years and Curry is aiming for his first Finals MVP. Curry is averaging 30.6 points, 5.8 rebounds, and 4.6 assists during the series.
The Celtics have been heralded for their defense but the Warriors have held them to under 100 points three times in the series. The Celtics shot just 41.3 percent overall and 34.4 percent from the 3-point line in Game 5. The Warriors were steady with the ball and only committed seven turnovers.
The Celtics are favored by 3.5 points in Game 6 despite dropping the last two games. The Celtics are 13-7 SU at home in their last 20 home contests. Additionally, the Celtics are 8-4 in their last 12 games vs. the Warriors.
The Warriors are 8-3 against the spread in their last 11 contests but 2-6 against the spread in their last eight road games.
The over/under is set for 210.5 points for Game 6. The UNDER was the result in Game 5. The UNDER has occurred in eight of the Celtics’ last 12 home matchups vs. the Warriors. Overall, the UNDER has hit 14 of the last 18 times these teams have met. With the stakes ratcheted up, count on both defenses to tighten up and the UNDER to happen.
The Celtics will scrap to cover the spread but the Warriors will celebrate on their court as NBA champions.
Written by Rolando Rosa, our US sports betting industry expert.