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Wagers worth watching in NBA Finals Game 1: Celtics vs. Warriors

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Warriors guard Stephen Curry is averaging 25.9 points and 6.2 assists in the postseason.

Who says they don't play defense in the NBA?

For the first time since 1996, the top two teams in defensive efficiency will meet in the NBA Finals.

In the mid '90s. it was the Chicago Bulls and Seattle SuperSonics. In 2022, it's the Boston Celtics and Golden State Warriors.

Sure, there's plenty of offensive firepower on both sides as well. But heightened attention to defense delivered both squads to the brink of a championship.

Boston is here for the first time since 2010. Golden State, in the Finals six of the past eight seasons, seeks its first crown since 2018.

The Celtics rely heavily on stars Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown. Tatum is averaging 27 points, 6.2 rebounds and 6.2 assists. Brown is getting 22.9 points and 6.8 boards.

The well-rested, playoff-tested Warriors turn to veterans Steph Curry (25.9 points, 6.2 assists) and Klay Thompson (19.8 points).

Both teams get plenty of lift from their supporting cast.

Look for Al Horford, making the first Finals appearance of his 15-year NBA career, and Draymond Green, a mainstay in Golden State's championships, to help decide who takes home the Larry O'Brien Trophy. Horford contributes 11.9 points and 9.6 rebounds. Green kicks in 8.7 points, 6.9 rebounds and 6.3 assists. 

FrontPageBets studies wagers of interest in Game 1 on Thursday night in San Francisco and picks a champion.

(Odds courtesy of DraftKings)

Boston Celtics vs. Golden State Warriors

When: Thursday, 9 p.m.

Site: Chase Center, San Francisco

TV: ABC

Spread: Golden State -3.5 (-115); Boston +3.5 (-105)

Money line: Golden State -160: Boston +140

Over/Under: 211.5 (-110)

Jayson Tatum points: Over 28.5 (-105); Under 28.5 points (-120)

Steph Curry points: Over 27.5 (-115); Under 27.5 (-110)

Al Horford rebounds: Over 9.5 (+100); Under 9.5 (-130)

Game 1 pick: Golden State, 110-100

Series pick: Golden State in six games


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Gerry Ahern is senior content editor for FrontPageBets. A 35-year veteran sports editor and digital media executive, he has led coverage of the biggest events in sports, from Super Bowls, to Final Fours, to Olympics, to the Masters.

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