Game 4 of the NBA Finals tips off tonight between the Golden State Warriors and Boston Celtics tonight. The Celtics protected home court in blowout fashion in Game 3, so it’s up to Steph Curry and the Warriors to steal one on the road to avoid a 3-1 series deficit.
Game 4 tips off from TD Garden in Boston at 9pm ET on ABC. Tonight’s line opens with the Celtics at -4 with a -170 moneyline, while the Warriors are +4 with a +145 moneyline.
Why Boston can win and cover -4:
With their Game 3 victory, Boston has seemed to figure out the perfect winning formula in this series on both sides of the floor. Tatum, Brown, and even Smart have been dynamic scorers in the series, and Boston’s defense is as stifling as ever. They’re approach and attack on both sides of the floor has proven too much for Golden State thus far, particularly in the fourth quarter. The Celtics have won every fourth quarter of this series, including a Game 1, 40-16 point differential, and a Game 3, 23-11 point differential. If Boston is able to play with the same grit and intensity again tonight on its home floor as it did in Game 3, the Celtics could see themselves with a commanding 3-1 series lead.
Why Golden State can win and cover +4:
It’s quite the desperate hour for the Warriors tonight. A 3-1 series deficit would be seemingly insurmountable against this Boston team, so a win tonight is a must for the Dubs. It seems that Golden State is clearly outmatched in this series, but the competitive championship spirit and experience is still on their side. Stephen Curry is still the best player in this series, and a step up in play from Draymond Green seems inevitable tonight with the amount of slander that’s been put on his name. The Warriors will have to use their experience to perform with grace under pressure tonight in order to tie this series at two games a piece.
The Pick: Take Boston -4:
The Celtics just seem to be dominant over Golden State this far. It’s clear they are a deeper team, who have certainly played through more adversity in this year’s playoffs, and are on their own court. Expect both stars and role players to shine for Boston tonight as they take a 3-1 series lead.