The wait is almost over for the opening match of the 2022 NBA Finals as the Boston Celtics prepare to take on the Golden State Warriors in Game 1 in the early hours of Friday (Boston 11/8, Golden State 8/13 – Series Winner).
Golden State are participating in the end-of-season spectacle for the sixth time in eight years, and they head into the best-of-seven series on the back of a convincing 4-1 Western Conference Finals victory over the Dallas Mavericks.
Steve Kerr’s men last lifted the Larry O’Brien Championship Trophy aloft in 2018 when whitewashing Cleveland Cavaliers 4-0, but they will be confident of claiming the spoils again with Steph Curry, who has made the most three-pointers this season with 285, in peak form.
The 34-year-old (EVS – Finals MVP) is eyeing his fourth NBA Championship – having triumphed in 2015, 2017 and 2018 – and he has amassed 415 points this season to leave him fourth in this category.
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Leading the charge for Boston will be Jayson Tatum, who leads the points-scoring statistics this term with 486 and is hoping to guide the Celtics to their first NBA title since 2008 and a record 18th – moving past the Los Angeles Lakers in the all-time standings.
The 24-year-old, who is a three-time NBA All-Star and was named this year’s Eastern Conference Finals MVP, has been a driving force this season, and he is 7/4 to be crowned Finals MVP.
This is also a big moment for Ime Udoka, who is thriving in his debut season as a head coach and will be eager to get his side off to the perfect start at the Chase Center on Friday.
Boston are 7/5 on the Money Line, while Golden State are 4/7 favourites to take an early lead in the series.
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