NBA Finals - US Sports: Game 5 Preview
This year's NBA Finals look like going all the way to the wire, with the Boston Celtics and Golden State Warriors tied at 2-2 going into Tuesday's fifth game.
Another masterclass from Steph Curry helped the Warriors claim a 97-107 win at the TD Garden, with the two teams now preparing to head back to San Francisco in the best-of-seven series.
There were fitness concerns over the Golden State main man heading into Game 4, but again Curry quashed those fears and was the star of the show.
What: Boston Celtics vs. Golden State Warriors, NBA Finals Game 5
Where: Chase Center, San Francisco
When: 02:00, Tuesday 14th June, 2022
How to watch: Sky Sports or bet365's Sports Live Streaming
Odds: BOS Celtics 2.45, GS Warriors 1.90
Dubs can take crucial Finals advantage
Steph Curry seems intent on claiming his fourth NBA ring this year and is almost single-handedly pulling his team up by their bootlaces in this season's Finals.
The 34-year-old fired 43 points in Boston on Friday, whilst also claiming 10 rebounds and four assists as the Warriors levelled the series again.
There had been injury concerns over the eight-time NBA All Star heading into Game Four, after Curry injured his left foot in the later stages of Game Three.
After the Golden State star underwent an MRI examination, there were growing concerns that he would be forced to sit out Game Four and potentially the rest of the Finals.
Curry at the time played down the fears and his performance at the TD Garden showed he is fully fit and ready to make the difference in this series - as GSW look to take the lead overall for the first time on Tuesday.
The Warriors point guard has scored an incredible 137 points in the opening four games and is 1.83 to score over 31.5 points in Game Five.
A lead at this stage of the series could be crucial, especially when you consider Golden State's recent Finals experience, compared to a relatively young Celtics team who lack play-off experience.
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Points tally concerns for Boston
Friday's game saw the Celtics fail to reach three figures for the second time in the series, with a lack of point-scoring threatening to derail their Championship hopes.
Not one Boston player has scored 30 points or more during the first four games, with their big names struggling to deal with the pressure imposed by Curry's consistency.
One player who needs a big game on Tuesday is Jaylen Brown, who has averaged 26.9 points during the regular season, but has an average of 22.2 during the first four games of the Finals.
Brown, who scored 26 in the Celtics' 110-88 win at the Chase Center in March, can be backed at 1.86 to score over 23.5 points on Tuesday.
One plus to come out of Game Four for Celtics coach Ime Udoka, was the fitness of center Robert Williams.
The 24-year-old was a doubt going into the clash due to a left knee injury, but Williams managed to play 31 minutes and seems set to feature on Tuesday.
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