The Golden State Warriors and Boston Celtics will battle in the NBA Finals for pro 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 in the NBA Finals:
– Rest/fatigue. Boston survived consecutive Eastern Conference series that went seven games. Golden State last played on May 26.
– Home court. The Warriors are 9-0 at Chase Center this postseason.
– Steph Curry. Golden State has a guard who is a two-time league MVP and is seeking his fourth NBA title.
“I will go with the team who has done it before and who is more rested,” Pascual said. “Another huge factor is home-court advantage as Golden State has not lost in Chase Center in the playoffs this year.
“This is also the year 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 in the Finals for the sixth time in eight years. Golden State is seeking 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 22nd time, and Boston is seeking its 18th NBA title, which would break a tie with the Los Angeles Lakers for the most in history.
Boston rallied from a 23-24 start of the season to advance to the NBA Finals for the first time in 12 years.
ODDS TO WIN NBA TITLE
Warriors -154 (bet $10 to win $16.49) | Celtics +130 (bet $10 to win $23)
Celtics @ Warriors (9 p.m. ET Thursday, ABC; series opener)
Point spread: Warriors -4 (Warriors favored to win by more 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 both teams combined
SERIES SCHEDULE (all games on ABC)
Game 1: Celtics @ Warriors, 9 p.m. ET Monday
Game 2: Celtics @ Warriors, 8 p.m. ET June 5
Game 3: Warriors @ Celtics, 9 p.m. ET June 8
Game 4: Warriors @ Celtics, 9 p.m. ET June 10
Game 5: Celtics @ Warriors, 8 p.m. ET June 13 *
Game 6: Warriors @ Celtics, 9 p.m. ET June 16 *
Game 7: Celtics @ Warriors, 8 p.m. ET June 19 *
* = if necessary
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