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Golden State Warriors vs. Boston Celtics prediction and pick by handicapper Jason Radowitz for Game 1 of the 2022 NBA Finals. Game 1 tips off Thursday, June 2 at 9:00 pm ET on ABC, and Jason gives us the best bet for the game.
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Golden State Warriors vs. Boston Celtics Prediction: Will the Warriors Experience Take Over in Game 1?

The Boston Celtics defeated the Miami Heat to make the 2022 NBA Finals against the Golden State Warriors. The Celtics ran through the Nets, Bucks, and the Heat to get this far. It's been quite the journey. But now they'll have to get through the most experienced bunch in the Golden State Warriors.

The Warriors' core has three championships and they're looking for more. Can the Celtics start the series hot against the Warriors? Here are our picks, predictions, and odds for Thursday's game between the Boston Celtics and Golden State Warriors.

Warriors vs. Celtics Game 1 Start Time and Where to Watch, and Odds

  • Date: June 2, 2022
  • Game Time: 9:00 pm ET
  • Where to Watch: ABC

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Warriors vs. Celtics Game 1 Injury Report

Warriors:

Questionable: F Andre Iguodala (Neck), Gary Payton II (Elbow), F Otto Porter (Foot)

Out: C James Wiseman (Knee)

Celtics:

Out: F Sam Hauser (Shoulder)

Warriors vs. Celtics Game 1 Line Movement

Golden State Warriors vs. Boston Celtics Game 1 Prediction

The Golden State Warriors will take on the Boston Celtics in Game 1 of the NBA Finals. The Warriors' core of Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, and Draymond Green already has three championships and will be looking for a fourth.

Meanwhile, the entire Celtics roster has never made it to an NBA Finals. If you care for the experience, you're going to want to back the Warriors.

The Warriors made light work of Dallas, winning the series in five games. This is the first time where the Warriors have been healthy between Curry, Thompson, and Green for quite some time. Right when the gang got back together, the Warriors clicked on all cylinders.

Meanwhile, the Celtics won't go away easily. The Celtics have a lot of depth and match up well with the Warriors. Marcus Smart will defend Stephen Curry while Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown match up with Klay Thompson and Andrew Wiggins.

Kevon Looney will take on Robert Williams and Draymond Green will match up with Al Horford. These are great matchups.

The Warriors have great shooters, which was the one area that let down the Heat against the Celtics. The Heat struggled to score consistent points with their supporting cast. The Warriors likely won't run into that problem, which is why they're dangerous.

Both teams are going to create offense with solid passes and both defenses have been pretty elite this season. But in Game 1, I'm going to have to ride with the Warriors at home. The Celtics will make this a series but after a long seven-game series against the Heat, Boston is going to be a bit exhausted.

Take the Warriors in Game 1.

Golden State Warriors vs. Boston Celtics Game 1 Pick

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Jason grew up an avid sports fan. His passion for sports writing grew in high school and he developed a blog that was strictly for New York Sports. From his work, you will quickly realize that he loves looking at games from an analytical and numbers perspective and hopes to provide you with that same perspective in his articles.

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