The Golden State Warriors and Boston Celtics will battle within the NBA Finals for professional basketball’s ultimate trophy.
The NBA Finals will begin Thursday night in San Francisco.
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FOX Bet trading operations specialist Martin Pascual cited three key areas within the NBA Finals:
– Rest/fatigue. Boston survived consecutive Eastern Conference series that went seven games. Golden State last played on May 26.
– The Warriors are 9-0 at Chase Center this postseason.
– Golden State has a guard who’s a two-time league MVP and is searching for his fourth NBA title.
“I’ll go together with the team who has done it before and who’s more rested,” Pascual said. “One other huge factor is home-court advantage as Golden State has not lost in Chase Center within the playoffs this 12 months.
“This can be the 12 months Steph Curry finally gets his Finals MVP.”
PICK: Warriors (-154 at FOX Bet, bet $10 to win $16.49) to beat Celtics in six games
The Warriors are within the Finals for the sixth time in eight years. Golden State is searching for its seventh NBA title and fourth since drafting Curry in 2009 (who was picked after Hasheem Thabeet, Tyreke Evans and Jonny Flynn).
The Celtics are playing for the NBA crown for the twenty second time, and Boston is searching for its 18th NBA title, which might break a tie with the Los Angeles Lakers for essentially the most in history.
Boston rallied from a 23-24 start of the season to advance to the NBA Finals for the primary time in 12 years.
ODDS TO WIN NBA TITLE
Celtics @ Warriors (9 p.m. ET Thursday, ABC; series opener)
Point spread: Warriors -4 (Warriors favored to win by greater than 4 points, otherwise Celtics cover)
Moneyline: Warriors -175 favorites to win (bet $10 to win $15.71 total); Heat +130 underdogs to win (bet $10 to win $23 total)
Total scoring over/under: 211.5 points scored by each teams combined
SERIES SCHEDULE (all games on ABC)
Game 1: Celtics/Heat @ Warriors, 9 p.m. ET Monday
Game 2: Celtics/Heat @ Warriors, 8 p.m. ET June 5
Game 3: Warriors @ Celtics/Heat, 9 p.m. ET June 8
Game 4: Warriors @ Celtics/Heat, 9 p.m. ET June 10
Game 5: Celtics/Heat @ Warriors, 8 p.m. ET June 13 *
Game 6: Warriors @ Celtics/Heat, 9 p.m. ET June 16 *
Game 7: Celtics/Heat @ Warriors, 8 p.m. ET June 19 *
* = if needed
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