NBA Finals Pre-Gamin’: Game 1 – Celtics at Warriors (8:00 CT) — Lineups, Broadcast Info, Game Thread

The NBA Finals are here, and we’ve got a fantastic matchup between the Golden State Warriors and the Boston Celtics on tap tonight. The NBA Playoffs often lacked excitement, but I doubt that anyone will feel that way about these NBA Finals. The Warriors and Celtics matchup so tightly that it might be impossible not to have a fun series. Boston ranked No. 1 in the NBA in defensive rating during the regular season. Golden State ranked No. 2 in defensive rating. Both sides finished in the top 10 in three-point makes and attempts.

As The Ringer’s Zack Kram pointed out in his column this morning, the Warriors and the Celtics also check in with largely homegrown rosters. Only the Memphis Grizzlies had more homegrown talent on their roster in these playoffs than the Celtics and Warriors. In a day and age in which super teams are assembled through massive contracts and blockbuster trades, this is a refreshing change of pace.

Despite sharing a bevy of similarities, these two rosters enter tonight’s series on polar opposite levels of experience. Golden State is making its sixth Finals appearance in the last eight seasons. Boston is making their first Finals appearance since 2010. Will the old guard Warriors return to glory, or will the new blood Celtics begin their own reign of dominance?

Broadcast Info & Game/Series Details

Tip: 8:00 PM (CT)
TV: ABC
Location: Chase Center, San Francisco, Ca.
Series: TIED 0-0
Odds: GSW -4, O/U 213.5

Starting Lineups

Boston Celtics

1. Marcus Smart
2. Jaylen Brown
3. Jayson Tatum
4. Al Horford
5. Robert Williams III

Injury Report: Robert Williams III DTD (knee)

Golden State Warriors

1. Stephen Curry
2. Klay Thompson
3. Andrew Wiggins
4. Draymond Green
5. Kevon Looney

Injury Report: Gary Payton II DTD (elbow), Andre Iguodala QST (neck), Otto Porter Jr. DTD (foot), James Wiseman OUT (knee)

Pre-Game Reading

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Patrick grew up in Chicago's Bridgeport and Garfield Ridge neighborhoods before moving to the Western Suburbs of Chicago before eventually relocating to the Las Vegas area with his family in 2023. He started with Bleacher Nation in 2021 and has spent time as a Staff Writer and on the Chicago Blackhawks beat. He is currently a writer and editor at Bleacher Nation covering the Chicago Bears and the NFL at large and the author of the Bleacher Nation Newsletter. Patrick is a member of the Pro Football Writers of America (PFWA).

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