The Warriors improved an already perfect record to 5-0 this postseason in games following a loss, bouncing back in a big way in Game 2 to even this series at one as we head back to Boston. This time it was a big third quarter for the Warriors, who outscored Boston 35-14 in the third after leading by just two points going into the half.
Can the Warriors keep that same level of desperation as they head to Boston for what should prove to be two challenging games at the TD Garden? Let’s take a closer look at try number one.
#1. Warriors ML | +140 at DK Sportsbook
Jordan Poole proved to be the difference for the Warriors’ offense in Game 2, coming off the bench to score 17 points, #2 in the lineup behind Steph Curry’s 29 points. On the defensive end, Gary Payton II saw his first action since May 3rd, coming off the bench for 25 minutes of suffocating defense that clogged up the Celtics’ attack.
Speaking of that Celtics offense, it struggled mightily on the night as Jayson Tatum’s 28 points were followed by 17 from Jaylen Brown, most of which were scored in the first half. All other starters produced a combined six points, as the Celtics turned in one of the worst performances of the postseason on offense scoring just 88 points on the night.
To me, the difference in this game, and the series at large, comes down to Klay Thompson. Averaging just 12.5 points this series, nearly eight points less than his postseason average, Thompson is well overdue to start cooking and I think we see that in this game. While the Celtics’ defense has certainly contributed to that, I think we see Steve Kerr made the necessary adjustments and Klay gets his in Game 3.
#2. Over 212 | -110 at DK Sportsbook
With an expected improved performance from Thompson and Curry almost certainly primed to get his, I also don’t see the Celtics starters going as cold as they did in Game 2. While Tatum and Brown combined for their standard 45+, the rest of the starters scored six points on 3 of 11 from the field and 0 of 3 from the three-point range.
On the Warriors’ side of the equation, Andre Iguodala is expected back in the lineup, which should open things up even more for the Splash Brothers (which now include Poole as #3), as the veteran is one of the best passers to come off the bench. I like for this number to sail over the posted total as both teams get back their offensive rhythm on Wednesday in Boston.
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