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NBA - US Sports: Udoka and Celtics ready for Warriors

Boston Celtics coach Ime Udoka says his team are "very confident" going into their best-of-seven NBA Finals series with Golden State Warriors.

The Celtics are 27/20 to win the series, while Boston pair Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown can be backed at 9/5 and 10/1 respectively to be named the Finals Series MVP.

Withstanding the Heat can pay off

Boston overcame Eastern Conference top seeds Miami Heat in seven games in the conference finals and Udoka believes that test has prepared his side well for the match-up with the Dubs.

The two teams met just twice in the regular season, with each winning away from home.

Golden State won the first meeting 111-107 at TD Garden in December but Boston claimed an eye-catch 110-88 victory in the most recent meeting in San Francisco in March.

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'Finish the deal'

Udoka is well aware of the quality the Dubs possess in their roster but he is confident his team can win the series and secure the Larry O'Brien trophy.

"Playing for championships, we're here now, just got to finish the deal," said Udoka, via Mass Live. "We played Golden State pretty well this year.

"Obviously beat them pretty bad late in the season where we were kind of rolling early in the season. Took a close loss. Had some guys in and out and they had a big lead early but we fought our way back.

"Story of the season, we've competed well against the best teams, and obviously you have to do that to make it to this point now.

"Very confident going in. I know it's another tough challenge.

"I think Miami will help prep us for some of the off-ball actions and the shooters that they had. But we know it's a high-level team, executing team, has a ton of great shooters, great players overall, guys I know well, and we're ready for the challenge."

Game 1 of the series takes place on Thursday at the Chase Center and it is due to start at around 02:00 on Friday morning for viewers in the UK.

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