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Handicapper Matt McCuen has his best bet for who will win the 2022 NBA Finals between the Golden State Warriors and Boston Celtics.
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2022 NBA Finals Prediction: Golden State Warriors vs. Boston Celtics

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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The Golden State Warriors and the Boston Celtics will battle it out for the NBA Championship starting on Thursday night. We have had a historic NBA playoff run, and now here we are in the final series of this amazing NBA season.

These two teams have been outstanding in the playoffs, and I really believe that this could be an all-time series. There is star power all over the court, headlined by Steph Curry and Jayson Tatum. The Warriors are the veteran team who has felt what it is like to win a championship. The Celtics are the young guns sandwiched with a couple of veterans who are hungry to taste victory. The stage is set for what should be a phenomenal series.

2022 NBA Finals Prediction

The Celtics have had the most difficult path to the finals of any team in the last few seasons. They were not even favored to win their first-round series, and if it was not for a buzzer-beater in game one from Jayson Tatum, we might not be here right now. The story of a championship team always involves some luck or one make it or break it play. That could have been it for Boston as it changed the entire outlook on the series, and they would go on to sweep the pre-season champion favorites in the Brooklyn Nets.

In round two, the path did not get any easier for Boston as they played the defending champion, Milwaukee Bucks. The Celtics fell behind 3-2 in the series after blowing a double-digit lead at home in game five. The Celtics would respond with a game six win in Milwaukee parlayed by a blowout win in game seven at home.

Once again, the path did not get any easier for Boston. They had to play the number one seeded Miami Heat as the road team. They missed their starting center Robert Williams and defensive player of the year Marcus Smart for multiple games in the series, and they still won. They have experience in game seven, and they have shown their mental toughness multiple times this season.

The Warrior's path was a little different and, with all due respect, a lot easier. They beat a shorthanded Denver Nuggets team who had no chance in the series in five games. Then they beat a Grizzlies team who did not have their star Ja Morant for multiple games. Lastly, in their most recent series, they beat a Mavericks team who essentially was a one-man show, Luka Doncic. The Warriors have been great, but the paths are not comparable. 

I am taking Boston to win the series at +130. I believe the value here is far too good to pass up. This is the best defensive team in the NBA, and they are playing with supreme confidence at the moment. They have also proved that when their back is against the wall, they show up. They have won multiple game sevens in this series already, and they have been an outstanding road team. They also, for some reason, have had a lot of success against these Warrior teams. They are the only team in the NBA with a winning record against the Warriors in the Steve Kerr era. There are too many factors in this series for me not to take a shot on the underdog. I hope we get an all-time series! 

Golden State Warriors vs. Boston Celtics NBA Finals Pick

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Matt McCuen is a native of Delco, PA. He has been working in the sports gambling industry and creating content for the last few years. He is an expert in numerous different sports, including the NFL, NBA, MLB, NHL, and collegiate sports. You can follow Matt on Twitter at @DeadPresPicks.

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