Celtics vs. Warriors odds, prediction: 2022 NBA Finals picks, Game 5 best bets from expert on 39-17 roll

Celtics vs. Warriors odds, prediction: 2022 NBA Finals picks, Game 5 best bets from expert on 39-17 roll

A pair of splits have evened up the 2022 NBA Finals between the Golden State Warriors and Boston Celtics as the pivotal Game 5 arrives on Monday night. The series shifts back to San Francisco, where Golden State dropped Game 1, but rebounded for the Game 2 win. Boston then went on to take Game 3 at home before the Warriors struck back in Game 4 on Friday. Stephen Curry erupted for 43 points in the 107-97 victory on Friday.

Tipoff for Game 5 is set for 9 p.m. ET at the Chase Center. The latest Celtics vs. Warriors odds from Caesars Sportsbook list Golden State as the four-point favorite. The over-under for total points is set at 210.5, the lowest total of the series thus far. Before locking in any Warriors vs. Celtics picks, be sure to see the NBA predictions from SportsLine expert Zack Cimini.

A Las Vegas handicapper who’s never afraid to buck conventional wisdom, Cimini excels in multiple sports. Over the past 36 NBA picks, Cimini is 23-13, returning almost $900 to $100 players. He is also on an amazing 39-17-1 run with his last 57 against-the-spread picks involving the Celtics, returning almost $1,800 to $100 players.

Now, Cimini has set his sights on Celtics vs. Warriors, and just locked in his picks and NBA playoff predictions. You can head to SportsLine now to see his picks. Here are several NBA odds and betting lines for Warriors vs. Celtics:

  • Celtics vs. Warriors spread: Golden State -4
  • Celtics vs. Warriors over-under: 210.5 points
  • Celtics vs. Warriors money line: Boston +145, Golden State -170
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  • BOS: The Celtics are 4-0 ATS in their last four games played on Monday
  • GS: The Warriors are 5-1 ATS in their last six games as a favorite

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Why the Celtics can cover

Guard Marcus Smart is a shutdown defender on the perimeter for Boston. Smart has great recovery speed with the strength to challenge opposing players. The Oklahoma State product also is a confident playmaker who isn’t afraid to do the dirty work for the Celtics. He has scored at least 18 points in three of the four games played thus far. In Game 4, Smart had 18 points, four rebounds, five assists and four steals.

Center Robert Williams III (questionable, knee) brings an athletic presence down low with good length. The Texas A&M product is an instinctive shot-blocker who is able to guard multiple positions. The 2018 first-round pick is an excellent rebounder who runs the floor well. He’s a threat for alley-oops and putbacks. He’s pulled down at least 10 boards in back-to-back games while swatting away at least two shots in all four games. 

Why the Warriors can cover

Curry’s dominance was on full display in Game 4 as he nailed 7 of 14 3-point attempts and went 14 of 26 from the field. He’s certainly carrying the team, but it’s not completely a one-man show. Andrew Wiggins (16.5 ppg in the series), Klay Thompson (17.3 ppg) and Jordan Poole (12.5 ppg) have all provided supplementary scoring.

Draymond Green is struggling, but Kevon Looney is stepping up, hitting 72.2 percent of his field goals for the series and averaging 8.5 boards. Golden State has a 31-19-2 record against the spread at home for the season. The Warriors have been even better at home in the 2022 NBA playoffs, going 6-2 ATS. 

How to make Warriors vs. Celtics picks

For Game 5 of the NBA Finals 2022, Cimini is leaning over on the point total, but he also says a critical X-factor makes one side of the spread a must-back. He’s only sharing what it is, and which side of the Warriors vs. Celtics spread to back, at SportsLine.

So who wins Celtics vs. Warriors? And which side of the spread is a must-back? Visit SportsLine now to see which side of the Warriors vs. Celtics spread you need to jump on, all from the expert that has crushed his NBA picks, and find out.  

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