It might as well be a playoff game for the Warriors, who won’t become the second team in NBA history to recover from a 3-1 Finals deficit to win the title. In this way, Golden State looks like the smart bet. This is the most desperate team.
That said, the Boston Celtics are looking more and more like the clearly superior team. They don’t have to compromise either end of the field with their lineups, while Golden State must choose offense or defense. The Celtics have more creators, better defense, and they’re much bigger and more athletic.
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Boston hasn’t been great at home throughout the playoffs, but Stephen Curry, who is shooting 49 percent on 12 3s per game in the first three games of this series, represents the ultimate puncher’s chance.
It’s still tight. Personally, I predicted the Celtics would win the series in seven to begin with, and I still believe it. I think the Warriors will find a way to win Game 4 and turn it into a three-game stretch going back to San Francisco, but most of my colleagues disagree. It is difficult to discuss with them. Again, Boston looks like the better team.
How to watch match 4 live
- Game: NBA Finals Game 4
- Date: Friday June 10 | 9 p.m. ET
- Location: TD Garden — Boston, Massachusetts
- TV: ABC | Direct: fuboTV (Get Access Now)
- Odds: SG+145; BOS-170; O/U 214 (via Caesars Sportsbook)
Featured game | Boston Celtics vs. Golden State Warriors
Celtics vs Warriors Prediction, Match 4 Pick
Bill Reiter: It was certain earlier in the week that the Warriors would win one of those two games in Boston. Steph Curry is Steph Curry. Klay Thompson would definitely find his shooting touch again, at least for one game. Draymond Green would back up his tough talk with hard-hitting and energetic acting. Jordan Poole would finally make his contribution. Etc. It still seems fair, though less in the uncertainty of Curry’s injury. Yet the Warriors, as far as we know, are still the Warriors, and recency bias reigns supreme in the NBA. So unless Curry is too hurt to really help, the sky probably isn’t falling on the Warriors – and a win puts this streak and its momentum back in their hands. Choose: Golden State +4 | Warriors 112, Celtics 108
Brad Botkin: It’s very simple: I’m betting on Stephen Curry and the Warriors’ world-class competitiveness, which has arguably been their most important characteristic over the years. This team fights. His life as a champion is at stake. If Boston goes 3-1, it’s over. Boston is a better team. Golden State faces disadvantages all over the field. Still, in my soul, I believe Curry is Curry and the Warriors finding a way to even this thing out by coming back to San Francisco. But they’re going to have to rack up some points to do that, because I don’t see them doing much to stop Boston. Choose: Golden State +4 | Warriors 118, Celtics 113
Jacques Herbert: I’m downright uncomfortable with my confidence in the Celtics right now. I originally predicted it would be a seven-game series, and nothing about Golden State suggests it will fold. It seems, however, that we are witnessing a familiar story: Boston is figuring out exactly how it wants to attack its opponent, while that opponent is looking for lineups that work on both sides. I can’t pick the Warriors when I don’t think they’ve found a winning formula *and* Steph might be hindered. Pick: Boston -4 | Celtics 120, Warriors 110
Colin Ward-Henninger: A lot of people choose the Celtics, and rightly so. They physically dominated Golden State and endured great shooting nights from Steph Curry and Klay Thompson to win Game 3. My hope for the Warriors comes from the idea that Steve Kerr spent the first three games trying to figure out the alignment combinations and rotation patterns. . He hasn’t hit gold often, but I think he has enough evidence to make better calls in Game 4. They won’t be outplayed on the boards anymore, and Draymond Green is going to come out with the fire and the passion that we saw in Game 2. There hasn’t been a competitive slump in this series yet, and that’s where I think the Warriors have the edge. This one should be close, but I’m going to Golden State. Choose: Golden State +4 | Warriors 103, Celtics 100
Jasmine Wimbish: I would just like to start by saying that my score prediction was three points from the final score for Game 3, so kudos to that. Moving on to Game 4… Steph Curry said immediately after Game 3 that he didn’t think that foot injury would cost him a game. He then said Thursday afternoon that he was playing in Game 4. This is great news for the Warriors. However, if he is less than 100%, it could be troublesome for this team. Klay Thompson and Andrew Wiggins showed signs of life on offense in Game 3, which was encouraging, but Golden State couldn’t stop anyone on the other end of the field. The Celtics punished the Warriors with their size, limited turnovers and played smart, solid basketball. It felt like Boston had found the recipe to beat this team twice more, while Golden State is still trying to figure things out. Pick: Boston -4 | Celtics 120, Warriors 112
Michel Kaskey-Blomain: I picked Golden State to win Game 3, and it didn’t go so well. The Celtics were the most physical team throughout Game 3, and at times they just looked too big and too athletic for Golden State to line up, and that’s not necessarily something you can plan against. . The other issue for the Warriors is that they struggled to find consistent scoring outside of Steph Curry, while the Celtics had more consistent contributions. Speaking of Curry, he might now be a little hobbled after Al Horford landed on his leg at the end of Game 3. The Warriors need him to do so many things, and if he’s not at full power, it will be difficult for them to win. Pick: Boston -4 | Celtics 112, Warriors 104
Sam Quinn: Here’s what I’m struggling to overcome in three games: in the regular season, almost 48% of Stephen Curry’s field goals were assisted. In this series, this figure was reduced to 27.3%. All the fine five-man movement that Golden State relies on offensively? Let’s go. The Celtics challenge the Warriors to beat them one-on-one, and Curry is the only scorer capable of doing so. Jordan Poole averages 12 points per game. Klay Thompson wasn’t much of a dribbler even in his prime. I just don’t see any answer to that for the Warriors. Their roster is not equipped for this kind of series. I expect the Celtics to start splitting in Game 4. Pick: Boston -4 | Celtics 121, Warriors 102