Celtics vs. Warriors odds, prediction: 2022 NBA Finals picks, Game 3 best bets from expert on 38-17 run

The Golden State Warriors visit the Boston Celtics for a crucial Game 3 matchup of the 2022 NBA Finals on Wednesday. Steve Kerr’s team is knotted at 1-1 against Ime Udoka’s squad after two games, with Boston stealing home-court advantage with a Game 1 win. The Warriors look to win a road game in a record 27th consecutive playoff series, while the Celtics aim to maintain the home-court edge. Andre Iguodala (knee), Gary Payton II (elbow), and Otto Porter Jr. (foot) are listed as questionable for the Warriors, while Robert Williams III (knee) is listed as questionable for the Celtics.

Caesars Sportsbook lists the Celtics as 3.5-point favorites at home, and tip-off is scheduled for 9 p.m. ET. The total number of points Vegas thinks will be scored, or the Over-Under, is 212 in the latest Celtics vs. Warriors odds. Before you make any NBA predictions with the Warriors vs. Celtics match-up, you need to see what SportsLine expert Zack Cimini has to say.

A Las Vegas handicapper who’s never afraid to buck conventional wisdom, Cimini excels in multiple sports. Over the past 35 NBA picks, Cimini is 22-13, returning almost $800 to $100 players. He is also on an amazing 38-17-1 run with his last 56 against-the-spread picks involving the Celtics, returning almost $1,700 to $100 players.

Now, Cimini has set his sights on Celtics vs. Warriors, and just locked in his picks and NBA playoff predictions. You can head to SportsLine now to see his picks. Here are several NBA odds and betting lines for Warriors vs. Celtics:

  • Celtics vs. Warriors spread: Boston -3.5
  • Celtics vs. Warriors over-under: 212 points
  • Celtics vs. Warriors money line: Boston -160, Golden State +140
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  • BOS: The Celtics are 13-7 against the spread in playoff games
  • GS: The Warriors are 10-8 against the spread in playoff games

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Why the Warriors can cover

Golden State has been the best team for the lion’s share of the series. The Warriors have out-scored the Celtics on the whole, and aside from the fourth quarter of Game 1, things have gone according to plan for Stephen Curry and company. Defense was at the forefront in Game 2, with the Celtics scoring only 89.8 points per 100 possessions. Golden State is holding Boston to 16.5 free throw attempts per game in the series, and the Warriors are averaging 11.5 steals per contest, generating fast break opportunities as a result. The Celtics are also shooting only 42.5 percent from two-point range in the first two games, and Boston was credited with only one field goal at the rim in Game 2.

From there, the Warriors are undeniable on offense, posting the No. 1 offensive efficiency mark in the 2022 NBA Playoffs. The Warriors have a 59.7 percent true shooting clip in the postseason, and Golden State is shooting 41.5 percent from beyond the arc against Boston. Curry is dynamic, averaging 31.5 points per game, converting 46 percent from three-point range in the series, and Golden State is the best passing team in the NBA, leading the league in assist rate during the regular season.

Why the Celtics can cover

Boston has strengths on both ends of the floor to take solace in at this stage. The Celtics are shooting 46.2 percent from 3-point range in the series, and Boston has excellent offensive numbers in the postseason. Boston is averaging 24.7 assists per game, assisting on 66.7 percent of field goals, generating 23.5 free throw attempts per game, and converting 80.9 percent of free throw attempts in the playoffs. The Celtics also have a robust 58.0 percent true shooting mark, and Jayson Tatum is averaging 26.3 points, 6.6 rebounds and 6.1 assists per game.

On the other end, the Celtics led the NBA in defensive efficiency in 2021-22, and Boston is yielding only 105.9 points per 100 possessions to playoff opponents. That comes with elite marks in assist prevention (20.5 per game), field goal percentage allowed (43.4 percent), 3-point percentage allowed (32.9 percent) and blocked shots (6.4 per game). Boston also led the league in every shooting category on defense this season, and coach Udoka’s team has few blemishes in stopping opponents with versatility and physicality.

How to make Warriors vs. Celtics picks

For Game 3 of the NBA Finals 2022, Cimini is leaning under on the point total, but he also says a critical X-factor makes one side of the spread a must-back. He’s only sharing what it is, and which side of the Warriors vs. Celtics spread to back, at SportsLine.

So who wins Celtics vs. Warriors? And which side of the spread is a must-back? Visit SportsLine now to see which side of the Warriors vs. Celtics spread you need to jump on, all from the expert that has crushed his NBA picks, and find out.

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