Who Will Take Command in the NBA Finals? We'll Find Out Tonight
How important is Wednesday night's Game 3 between Boston and Golden State? Well, in the 39 situations that the Finals have been tied 1-1, the team that won Game 3 went on to win the title 82 percent of the time.
The 2022 NBA Finals are tied at 1-1 in the best-of-seven series. Each team won a blowout victory at Golden State, and now the action shifts to Boston for Games 3 and 4.
So, how important is Wednesday night's Game 3? Well, In the 39 situations that the Finals have been tied 1-1, the team that won Game 3 went on to win the title 82 percent of the time.
Will the Warriors be able to go into Boston -- which has been a tough place to win for the opposition all season long -- and steal back home-court advantage?
Or, will the Celtics remain perfect after a loss in the playoffs and seize control of the series at home? Boston is 6-0 this postseason after a loss.
We shall find out later today.
Action tips off at 9:00 pm EST on Wednesday night.
The Celtics are favoured by 3-5 points.
The O/U is 212 points, according to Spreads.ca.
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Prediction (powered by Pointspreads.ca):
Except for that horrendous performance in the 4th quarter of Game 1, Golden State has looked like more of a championship team in this series than Boston.
Now, they're getting points in a game they know is critical to win.
While Boston was terrific at home this season, they're just 3-4 in this year's playoffs. So, we know the multi-talented Warriors are more can capable of cover, if not an outright victory.
Boston's key players will likely play better at home in Game 3 than they did in the Game 2 blowout, but let's remember the Warriors also have several key contributors who could play better as well. Golden State also features the best player in the series, Steph Curry.
We don't believe playing on the road in front of a hostile crowd will phase this veteran team. In fact, silencing the crowd could even serve as added motivation for the experienced Warriors.
We'll take the dog plus the points.