The Golden State Warriors and Boston Celtics will kick off the NBA Finals on Thursday at 9:00 p.m. ET from Chase Center in California.
Golden State is a heavy favorite when it comes to NBA Finals betting odds.
The Warriors are back in the NBA Finals for the first time since 2019. Golden State defeated Denver in five games, Memphis in six games, and Dallas in five games. But, its biggest test will be an elite Boston squad in this upcoming matchup.
The Celtics last appeared in the NBA Finals back in 2010, where they lost to the Los Angeles Lakers in seven games. Boston’s path to the NBA Finals was a little more difficult than the Warriors, beating the Brooklyn Nets in four games, the Milwaukee Bucks in seven games, and the Miami Heat in seven games.
NBA Finals Odds
|Team||Opening Odds||1st Round||2nd Round||Conference Finals||NBA Finals|
|Golden State Warriors||+1200||+1000||+300||+120||-160|
Throughout the playoffs, Jayson Tatum has been electric for the Celtics, averaging 27 points per game, while Stephen Curry leads the Warriors at 25.9.
This Warriors team can come at you in waves and has averaged the most points per game in the playoffs at 114.5, while the Celtics were a middle-of-the-pack team offensively at 107.1. Defensively, the circumstances are almost flipped with the Celtics allowing the second-fewest points per game at 101, while the Warriors have allowed an average of 109.1.
This series could come down to which side performs better in each area of expertise, which should make for a fascinating stylistic matchup in this matchup.
Curry and the Warriors will enter the NBA Finals as moderate favorites over the Celtics, where they boast NBA odds of -160 to win the title this year. The Celtics present some value at their current price of +130, which has risen from +4000 to begin the season.
There’s been some sizable action placed on the Warriors to win the NBA title over the course of the season with a bettor placing $125,000 on the Warriors at +360, which would payout at $450,000. Another bettor has a $20,000 ticket on the Celtics to win the NBA Championship at +500, which would pay out $100,000.
Tickets were fairly spread out through the year, but the Warriors owned the second-most tickets to win it all with a ticket percentage of 13.8%, compared to the Celtics, who had the fourth-highest, at 9.3%.
Three teams this year had a handle percentage above 10%. The Warriors led that pack at 22.3%, followed by the Phoenix Suns at 20.6%, and the Celtics at 13.1%.
There’s not a ton of value at the Warriors’ current price point, but the Celtics’ number looks attractive and should be considered for what should be a great NBA Finals.