We have a series.
The Warriors’ third-quarter run gave them plenty of breathing room heading into the final quarter and the Celtics’ hot shot didn’t carry over to Game 2 in what became a blowout victory for Golden State. Now the series heads to Boston tied, 1-1.
Keep reading for updated Finals odds and playoff prizes, as well as NHL Conference Finals updates and sports news.
Golden State regains title favorite status
The Warriors earned a convincing 107-88 win over the Celtics on Sunday night at Chase Center.
Their defense has improved a lot since the first game, Steph Curry once again did things with Steph Curry and Jordan Poole provided a spark off the bench which was missing in the opening of the series. Golden State wasn’t as good on offense as it was last time out, but that didn’t necessarily matter because of how well its defense performed.
Only one Celtic – Jayson Tatum – has finished with 20 or more points, only two Boston starters have finished with double-digit points and the team has shot less than 40% from the field and turned the ball over 18 times . Al Horford, Robert Williams and Smart Marcus combined for six runs in Game 2 after Horford single-handedly hit six three Thursday.
The third quarter made the difference in the match. The Warriors rode a run to enter the final quarter with a double-digit Game 1 lead, but it was still close enough for the Celtics to come back and win with a run of their own. This time, after leading by two at the break, Golden State beat Boston 35-14 in the third quarter and held a 23-point lead going into the fourth. The C’s couldn’t come back and the lead grew to 29 points with starters on the bench for much of the final quarter.
The Warriors are the final favorites again after their convincing victory. Golden State is -118 to win the title on SI Sportsbook and Boston is -105. Curry, at -120, is still the favorite to win the Finals MVP, and the likeliest outcome is the Dubs winning in seven games (+260), followed by the Cs winning in six (+300).
9 p.m. ET (ABC): Warriors versus. Celtics (-3.5) | Series tied, 1-1
Avalanche One wins the Stanley Cup Final
The Stanley Cup is close at hand for Colorado. The Avalanche have a 3-0 lead in the Western Conference Final against the Oilers and can wrap up the series on the road tonight.
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If they do, they have to do it without transmitting Nazem Kadriwho was injured on a blow Evander Kane in Game 3 and is out for at least the rest of the series. The Avalanche won Game 3 on Saturday, 4-2, and have a +8 goal differential over the Oilers.
Colorado remains heavily favored to win it all (-200), something it hasn’t done since 2001. It’s not yet clear who the Avalanche would play against as the Eastern Conference Finals has been more competitive.
A last-minute goal from Ondrej Palat on Sunday allowed the Lightning to escape with a 3-2 victory over the Rangers. Tampa Bay desperately needed a home win after losing the first two games to New York. The Rangers are -143 to win the series, while the Lightning are at +120.
8 p.m. ET (DTT): avalanche (-133) against Lubricators | Colorado leads the series, 3-0
8 p.m. ET (ESPN): Rangers versus. Flash (-175) | New York leads the series, 2-1
In other news
Jazz coach Quin Snyder quits The second-winningest coach in Utah franchise history resigned Sunday after eight seasons with the team. The Jazz have made the playoffs the past six years with Synder at the helm, and All-Star Donovan Mitchell was reportedly “surprised and disappointed” at his coach’s departure.
How Joe Girardi’s dismissal affects the Phillies’ future: Philadelphia fired its manager at the start of its third season after a disappointing start given the team’s massive payroll. The Phillies swept the Angels over the weekend after Rob Thomson took over. Is there now value in betting on a Philadelphia turnaround?
50 farewell thoughts from Roland-Garros: Two weeks of tennis at Roland Garros ended in victories for women’s No. 1 Iga Swiatek and a record 22nd Grand Slam title for Rafael Nadal. Learn more about how they all came out on top and more stories from Paris.
Latest NBA simulation project: The draft is less than three weeks away and the top three projected picks are holding firm. In what order will Jabari Smith, Chet Holmgren and Paolo Banchero be selected? And who are the other risers and fallers?
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