The Golden State Warriors did what they had to do in Game 2 of the NBA Finals, winning by a 19-point margin over the Boston Celtics as they exploded coming out of the locker room in the second half. So they got even. How did they do it, and what could BetAnySports customers expect as the series moves to the TD Garden in Boston for Game 3?
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After a titanic collapse in Game 1, it may have been a huge assignment for the Warriors to come back psychologically. But losing twice on their home floor would have put them in an almost impossible spot. Sunday's game was tight, as G-State led by only two points at the half. But with a 35-14 edge in the fourth quarter, Steve Kerr's team simply blew the game wide open.
The 107-88 win gives the W's a split at the Chase Center. It was 87-64, and Steph Curry scored all 29 of his points in the first three quarters. He sat out the final period.
According to basketball betting fans, It was a whole different ball game as far as Boston's ability to shoot, as they made just 37.5% of their attempts. It's not that they were unable to get off three-point shots; indeed, they attempted 37 triples, which is right around their average for the season. But they only made 15, compared with 21 in the Game 1 barrage. And from two-point range, they were particularly unsuccessful, shooting just 35%. And that might be something of a surprise for a team that has the size advantage and depth at the center spot.
Boston Celtics -3.5
Golden State Warriors +3.5
Over 214 Points -110
Under 214 Points -110
Golden State's ability in the paint has been one possible surprise in the series thus far, as they had 40 points in the paint in Game 2. And Kevon Looney is obviously a big contributor, as he made all six of his field goal attempts and registered a plus-minus of +24. And between three Boston bigs (Al Horford, Robert Williams, Daniel Theis), they scored a grand total of four points.
Certainly, they are capable of more; Horford, specifically, had 26 points to lead all Boston scorers in Game 1. But it was kind of shocking that three of the Celtics' starters had just two points apiece.
There's another thing that is well worth taking note of. There was only one team that committed more turnovers per game than Golden State this season, and that was a big concern for Warrior backers. But in the first two games, it's G-State that has benefited most from TO's, as they have scored 54 points off them, compared to just 25 for the Celts.
What changed the story for the Warriors was the fact that they were able to contest more shots, after leaving too many Celtics wide-open in Game 1. According to bookie software analysis, on Sunday, Boston shot just 29.4% when they were contested.
The Celtics are not a sizzling team against the number at the TD Garden, with a 22-26-2 ATS record. But Golden State is just 20-26-2 ATS as a road team.
But that aside, there is something about the defensive adjustments the Warriors have made, along with the advantages they have carved out in fundamental areas, that could spell some trouble for the Celts as the favorite. We're taking a long look at grabbing the points.
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