Boston Celtics at Golden State Warriors Game 5 odds, picks and predictions

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The Boston Celtics meet the Golden State Warriors Monday for a pivotal Game 5 of the NBA Finals at Chase Center. Tip-off is set for 9 p.m. ET (ABC) and the best-of-7 series is tied 2-2. Below, we look at the Celtics vs. Warriors Game 5 odds and lines, and make our expert NBA picks, predictions and bets.

Golden State ground out a 107-97 Game 4 victory Friday in Boston thanks to an all-time performance from PG Stephen Curry, who scored a series-high 43 points on 53.8% shooting (7-for-14 from 3) with 10 rebounds and 4 assists. The Warriors dominated the glass, outrebounding the Celtics 55-42.

Boston All-Star SF Jayson Tatum was extremely passive in the 2nd half of Game 4 and had the worst net rating (minus-22) of the Celtics’ starting 5.

Each team is 2-2 against the spread (ATS) in this series, but Boston is winning 3 of the 4 factors. The Over/Under (O/U) is 2-2.

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Celtics at Warriors odds and lines

  • Money line: Celtics +135 (bet $100 to win $135) | Warriors -170 (bet $170 to win $100)
  • Against the spread: Celtics +4.5 (-120) | Warriors -4.5 (-105)
  • Over/Under: 211.5 (O: -112 | U: -108)

Celtics at Warriors key injuries

Warriors

  • F Andre Iguodala (knee) questionable
  • SF Otto Porter Jr. (foot) questionable

Celtics

  • C Robert Williams III (knee) questionable

Celtics at Warriors picks and predictions

Prediction

Warriors 111, Celtics 102

Money line

PASS with a heavy “lean” to the Warriors (-170) but will opt for Golden State’s cheaper spread instead.

The Warriors are 39-10 straight up (SU) as home favorites with a plus-10.8 margin of victory and 16-6 SU on 2-3 days of rest with a plus-7.3 margin of victory. The Celtics (+135) are 10-17 SU as road underdogs and 14-8 SU on 2-3 days of rest.

Golden State has the best player in this series and generates cleaner looks on offense. Boston’s lack of a true point guard and ball-handler leads to squandered possessions via turnovers or the Celtics settling for long, contested 2-pointers.

Warriors All-Star SF Andrew Wiggins is locking up Tatum. Wiggins has been the best 2-way player in the Finals. He grabbed a career-best 16 rebounds in Game 4 and is on Tatum like glue. Tatum is shooting just 33.3% from the field when guarded by Wiggins.

However, the Golden State (-170) is just a little out of my price range.

PASS.

Author: Lucy Green