Steph Curry will likely be surrounded by Celtics in Game 5.
Steph Curry will likely be surrounded by Celtics in Game 5.@celtics on Twitter

O'Sullivan's Monday NBA Finals Pick: Celtics vs Warriors, Game 5; defense will be key in low-scoring contest

Boston Celtics at Golden State Warriors, 9 pm Eastern.

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Well. It’s a strange feeling to get a pick correct even when your analysis for why you made the pick turns out to be 1000% percent wrong. The under on Friday might have hit, but it sure wasn’t because Steph Curry had a bad game. (laughs) I’ll take it anyway.

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Seattle O’Sullivan 2021-2022 NBA Season so far: 236-246-7, -$701.89

(Friday: 1-0, +$10.00)

NBA Playoffs so far: 35-23, +$130.55

(Standing Caveat: The universe is chaotic. Life is unpredictable. Things happen. Like injuries. And COVID protocols. In following Seattle O’Sullivan’s betting advice, be advised that you should always monitor your bets during the day to make certain unforeseen things have not occurred which might change your wagering opinion. Thank you.)

Boston Celtics at Golden State Warriors, 9 pm Eastern

The Pick: under 212 points (-110), bet $11 to win $10

Tonight’s Game 5 is a bigger game than this group of Boston Celtics has ever played, and I think they’ll respond in two ways. First, on offense they’ll be a little tight, scoring closer to their results in Games 2 & 4. Second, they’re going to put forth a tremendous effort on the defensive end. Defense has been the consistent area for Boston all year, they’re the best in the NBA on that end of the floor, and coach Ime Udoka knows it’s what his team can control. It’ll be tough for Golden State to score. We still haven’t had a classic, close game in this series. Tonight’s as good a night as any, and if it’s close, it means that Boston’s defense has stood tall. That indicates the under.

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