NBA Finals: How Public Is Betting Celtics-Warriors Game 3

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Zach Gayner @zachgayner Jun 08, 2022, 12:10 PM

The Golden State Warriors and Boston Celtics’ best-of-seven series will shift to Boston Wednesday for Game 3, tied at one. During the regular season, Boston was an excellent home team, owning a 28-13 record, and have followed that up in the postseason through nine games with five wins.

NBA betting lines have the Celtics as 3.5-point favorites, and that number has yet to shift. As of Tuesday at the BetMGM online sportsbook, 51% of bets and 53% of the handle are following the home team in Boston for this matchup.

In terms of the total, the first two games of this series have seen 228, and 195 points scored, with Wednesday’s line set at 212.5. The action has seen 53% of bets come in on the over, while 53% of the handle is on the under.

Even with the Celtics being home favorites in this Game 3 matchup, there’s still some value on the Golden State side.

The Warriors are listed at +135 on the moneyline, compared to the Celtics sitting at -160. The action on the moneyline is different than what was present with the spread, seeing 80% of bets and 82% of the handle gravitate towards the Warriors.

Prop bets have been popular with bettors in the NBA Playoffs, and Jayson Tatum of the Celtics has received a lot of attention. Klay Thompson has also had the microscope placed on him, but for different reasons.

Two of the three highest bet props for this contest feature Tatum, including the Celtics forward scoring the game’s first field goal at +550, followed by the public liking him to hit the over on his points total of 27.5, which is priced at -120.

On the Warriors’ side, a lot of action is on Thompson to go under 19.5 points at -130, which has happened in both matchups in this series.

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Zach Gayner

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Zach Gayner is a staff writer and social media manager at BetMGM. A graduate of the University of South Carolina, Zach has previous stops at the NBA, Swish Inc., and RotoQL.

Zach Gayner is a staff writer and social media manager at BetMGM. A graduate of the University of South Carolina, Zach has previous stops at the NBA, Swish Inc., and RotoQL.