Warriors vs. Celtics NBA Finals: Game 6 Prediction, Picks, TV Channel, Live Stream, How to Watch Online

The stakes couldn’t be greater for the Boston Celtics heading into Game Six of the NBA Finals against the Golden State Warriors Thursday night. With a win, they’ll keep their tournament hopes alive and force a crucial 7 game. With the loss, their season would come to an end and the Warriors would win the fourth ring in the past eight years under coach Steve Kerr.

At one point Boston led 2-1 in the series and things seemed to be going their way. However, the consecutive poor performance in the fourth quarter is now on the verge of disqualification. A particular shrinkage with the Celtics is the fact that they kept Steph Curry aimless from behind the arc in Game 5 and still couldn’t get the win. It seems unlikely that Curry would get two consecutive poor shooting performances. The good news for the Celtics is that they have proven their ability to bounce back after losses this season. They are 7-1 right after losing in the playoffs, and their only loss is in Game 5 against Golden State. Plus, they can play in front of their fans at home, so maybe they can get support from them.

Here’s everything you need to know about Game 6 between Boston and the Golden State.

Boston Celtics at Golden State Warriors

  • when: Thursday 16 June | 9 p.m. Eastern time
  • where: TD Garden – Boston, MA
  • Television: ABC | live streams: fuboTV (try for free)
  • Prospect: Boss-170; p +145; O/U 210 (via Caesars Sportsbook)

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Storylines

the Warriors: When he fought Steve Curry in Game 5, the pieces went up around him. Andrew Wiggins had his best game of the post-season with 26 points and 13 rebounds, Klay Thompson lost 21 points and Jordan Paul and Gary Payton combined for 29 points from the bench. Will Golden State get similar contributions from these people in Game 6? Because if that’s the case, Warriors fans should be getting ready to pop the champagne. The Warriors have had trouble this season when they rely so heavily on Curry on the offensive end, but if he’s getting the helping hand, it’s extremely difficult to take him down. In addition, we can probably assume that Curry will fire from the field at least a little better than he did in Game 5.

Celtics: If Boston is going to extend its season, it will need to take care of the ball. The Celtics made 18 spins leading to 22 Golden State points in Game 5, and that simply wouldn’t cut it against a dangerous and explosive team like the Warriors. Live ball transformations are particularly difficult against the Warriors because they are lethal in the transition. This trend has been all postseason. Basically, when the Celtics take care of the ball, they win. When they don’t, they lose.

Boston will also need an impressive performance from Jason Tatum, who has held under 30 points in every final game so far. Tatum was named to the All-NBA First Team this season, and quite simply, he needs to play like him. Tatum needs to be aggressive from the jump and set the tone for the Celtics. If Boston can take care of the ball and have a standout game from Tatum, chances are this streak will go a long way. If not, the warriors would probably celebrate before the faithful in Boston.

Predictions and Snapshots

With their season hanging in the balance and playing in front of their home fans, one would think that the Celtics would be able to muster enough energy and focus to win and expand the streak. That’s what most fans outside of California should be hoping for, at least. After all, no two words in sports are better than “the seventh game”. The NBA Finals haven’t gone for Game 7 since 2016 when the LeBron James-led Cavaliers came back 3-1 to defeat the Warriors, but they did this year. Picks: Celtics -4

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