NBA Finals have been a showcase in resilience for the Boston Celtics and Golden State Warriors.
Neither team has lost consecutive games this postseason. Golden State is 5-0 following a loss, including a win in Game 2 of this series. Boston improved to 7-0 after a loss by winning Game 3 and taking a 2-1 lead.
The Warriors get another chance to rebound in Friday's pivotal Game 4. A victory ties the series at 2-2 and sends it back to San Francisco wide open for anyone to prevail. A win by the Celtics gives them a nearly insurmountable 3-1 lead and complete control of the series.
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Who has the edge heading into Game 4? Here is everything you need to know for Friday's game, including broadcast information and key X-factors for each team.
The Boston Celtics host the Golden State Warriors Friday at the TD Garden for Game 4 of the NBA Finals. Tip-off is scheduled for 9 p.m. ET (ABC) with Boston leading the best-of-7 series 2-1. Below, we look at the Warriors vs. Celtics Game 4 odds and lines, and make our expert NBA picks, predictions and bets.
Boston boat raced Golden State 116-100 in Game 3 Wednesday, outscoring the Warriors in 3 of the 4 quarters and outperforming them in 3 of the “4 factors.”
Warriors’ 2-time MVP Stephen Curry is scoring a Finals-best 31.3 points per game, but the Celtics are leading all “4 factors” and have 5 rotation players shooting 40.0% or better from behind the arc in this series.
The Celtics are 2-1 against the spread (ATS) in this series, and the Over/Under (O/U) is 2-1.
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Marcus Smart added 24 points and helped fuel a defensive effort that held the Warriors to 11 points in the fourth quarter - third-fewest in a finals game in the shot clock era.
''Game 2, they brought the heat to us,'' Smart said. ''For us, that left a bad taste in our mouth because what we hang our hat on is effort on the defensive end and being a physical team. It definitely woke us up a little bit.''
Tatum said the fact the Celtics didn't hang their heads after the Warriors' third-quarter flourish is something they didn't always do in the regular season.
''I think that's when we are at our best when we respond to tough situations. We respond to teams going on runs and things like that,'' he said. ''I think we did that several times tonight.''
Boston improved to 6-4 at home, compared to 8-3 on the road this postseason. The Celtics haven't lost two straight games since the end of March.