After the Celtics defeated the Warriors in Game 1, Golden State would look to tie up the series at home in Game 2. Which stars will shine in tonight’s game? Let’s see what the NBA odds tell us at the top-rated sportsbooks!
Boston Celtics vs. Golden State Warriors
Sunday, June 05, 2022 – 08:00 PM EDT at Chase Center
The Boston Celtics stunned the Golden State Warriors in Game 1 of the NBA Finals, winning on the road, 120-108. The Celtics had so many contributors on the offensive end and really bought in defensively in the half-court to get the win.
Meanwhile, the Warriors struggled to get going. Steph Curry scored 34 points and Andrew Wiggins added 20. But other than those two, the Warriors didn’t have consistent offense from its core.
Will that change in Game 2? Here are some player props to consider in Game 2 of the NBA Finals between the Boston Celtics and Golden State Warriors.
Over 14.5 Rebounds + Assists
If the Golden State Warriors are going to win tonight, Draymond Green is going to have to play better. Green took 12 shots and only drained two despite adding 11 rebounds and five assists. Green took nearly as many shots as Klay Thompson and while the looks were open looks, Green is just not a point-getter.
Instead, he’s going to have to help get guys like Klay Thompson more involved in the offense.
The rebounds for Green will more than likely stay the same. He’ll average about 10 in every game this series as long as there are no blowouts. However, the assists numbers should increase. The Warriors need to make adjustments. Green missing 10 shots will not be happening in Game 2. He’s going to pass off some open looks for better looks.
Green averaged 6.4 rebounds and 5.6 assists against the Mavericks and added 8.7 rebounds and 6 assists per game against the Grizzlies in the previous series to the Mavericks.
But a lot of these games were blowouts, games where he was in foul trouble, or games where he was ejected. The refs will be hesitant to throw anyone out in the Finals. Green will get his minutes and when he gets his minutes, he’ll fill up the box score in these two categories.
Over 32.5 Points + Assists
Tatum only added 12 points in the first game of the NBA Finals. However, he also contributed 13 assists in 42 minutes. It’s hard to believe that Tatum will struggle throughout the entire series. He’s been money coming off bad performances like this.
But even if he’s struggling from the floor, there’s a good chance he’ll be aggressive enough to get to the line at a solid pace. When things weren’t going Tatum’s way from the floor, instead of shooting crazy shots, he passed the ball around and earned assists instead.
No matter how Tatum shoots in Game 2, he’s going to make an impact in this game. He’s going to leave an imprint on this game, whether it’s assisting the basketball or scoring. A solid statline for Tatum would be 27 points and six assists. Something along those lines.
In Game 7 against the Heat, Tatum scored 26 points and added six assists. In Game 6, he scored 30 points and added four assists. In the game previous to that, Tatum scored 22 but had nine assists.
When he’s scoring, the assists will lag behind. But if he’s not scoring, the assists will pile up. He’s consistently getting around that 32 marker. But after having 19 assist attempts in Game 1, I like his chances to keep the assists up while also scoring at a better rate.
Over 6.5 Rebounds
Jaylen Brown took over in the fourth quarter for the Celtics. He single-handedly helped the Celtics back into the game. It’s not going to be Brown’s game every time. He had the hot hand in Game 1 and became the x-factor in the game.
However, he has been very consistent on the glass in the playoffs. He added seven rebounds in Game 1 and averaged 7.1 rebounds in the previous series against the Heat.
Even against the Bucks, Brown averaged 7.3 rebounds per game. He’s consistently getting about 40 minutes a night and has been a force on the glass when the Celtics need him the most.
When he’s earning rebounds, he’s able to push the pace and get good looks. That’s ultimately what happened in the fourth quarter against the Warriors in Game 1. Therefore, we’ll test our luck with Brown to get over 6.5 rebounds at -110.
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