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NBA Finals Game 3: Preview, Odds, Things to Watch For As Celtics Take On Warriors

The NBA Finals is tied 1-1 and we have some things to look out for.

The NBA Finals are in a 1-1 tie heading into game 3. The series moves to the parquet floor of the TD Garden, a basketball venue rich with NBA history. The Celtics are hoping to take an all-important 2-1 series lead. This will shift the series heavily into the Celtics' favor and all but usurp any home-court advantage the Warriors had. 

When And Where On My Screen

Time: Wednesday, 9 p.m. (ET)

Channel: ABC (streaming on the ESPN app)

Game 3 Odds

TeamSpreadTotalMoneyline

Warriors

+135

Celtics

-3.5

212.5

-160

If you're the gambling type, these odds have some interesting ways to play.

Things To Watch For

Third Quarter Celtic Naps

In two games, the Celtics have been outscored 73-38 in the third quarter. What are the Celtics doing at halftime? For that matter, what are the Warriors doing at halftime? Can I have some? Anyway. 

That Damn Leprechaun

The Celtics went 28-13 in the regular season at home, which was second-best in the Eastern Conference. The TD Garden isn't the Boston Garden, where streaks of lightning and magical moments struck fear in the hearts of Celtics' opponents. It certainly is friendly confines for the Celtics, though. 

Turnovers

Celtics head coach Ime Udoka said it himself

 “We’re 13-2 when we have 15 or less turnovers in the playoffs, and we’re 0-5 when we have 16 or more."

The team with the fewest number of turnovers has won each game. This is pretty across the board in basketball, but the Celtics don't shoot the ball well enough to ever withstand being sloppy with the ball. Look for Draymond Green to dry and disrupt the games of either Jayson Tatum or Jaylen Brown. Tatum has been turning the ball over a lot of late, and if he doesn't take better care of the ball, the Celtics are in for a long rest of the series. 

No Surprises

Those are the most important thing to pay attention to. Everything else in this series is predictable. Steph Curry needs to have a good game for the Warriors to win. If Curry falls flat, Green, Klay Thompson, Jordan Poole, and the rest of the Warriors need to pick up the slack. The Celtics have to play the hard brand of defense they have done all year, and they can't turn the ball over. If a role player like Al Horford drops 25+ on wide-open threes—that will be all she wrote. 

Prediction

The Celtics are going to be invigorated by their home crowd and they're going to suffocate the Warriors' offense. This series is going to be 2-1 in favor of Boston.