Boston Celtics vs. Golden State Warriors Game 5 Betting Preview

Game 5 of the NBA finals tips off tomorrow night between the Boston Celtics and Golden State Warriors. The Dubs stole Game 4 on the road behind a masterful 43 point performance from Stephen Curry. The Warriors will be looking to take their first lead of the series, while the Celtics try to bounce back for the win. 

Game 5 tips off from The Chase Center in San Francisco tomorrow night at 9pm ET on ABC. 

The line for Game 5 opens with the Warriors at -3.5 with a -160 moneyline, while the Celtics are +3.5 with a +140 moneyline.

Why Golden State can win and cover -3.5:

The Warriors are coming off of a massive win on the road in Game 4, and now return home to try and take their first lead of the series. Steph Curry is playing some of the best basketball of his career and has received very little support from his teammates behind him. The Warriors defense has started to step up, as well as their efforts on the glass, led by Andrew Wiggins 16 rebounds in Game 4. The Warriors are in great position to win tomorrow night, as long as Steph Curry plays like Steph Curry and receives a bit of support on both ends of the floor. 

Why Boston can win and cover +3.5:

The Celtics defense almost always shows up. Outside of Stephen Curry’s dominance the Celtics have held all other Warrior’s to limited scoring numbers. Boston is also spectacular in a game coming after a loss, so expect them to come out with some extra fire on the road. Jayson Tatum should have a big game whether it be scoring the ball or distributing it. An interesting defensive stat to take note of is the Celtics are limiting their opponents to 20.5 apg. Less assists often means less open shots which creates problems for the Warriors as they try to support Steph Curry. If the Celtics come out like they usually do after a loss they could retake the series lead. 

The Pick: Take Boston +3.5:

The Celtics are bound to bounce back after a disappointing Game 4 loss. The C’s have played very well on the road in these playoffs, and even better after a loss. The Celtics have proved they are the better team as a whole, so expect them to take back the lead in Game 5 tomorrow night. 

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