New York Betting Preview: Warriors Enter NBA Finals as Favorite Over Celtics

New York Betting Preview: Warriors Enter NBA Finals as Favorite Over Celtics
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The NBA Finals are finally here.

The Golden State Warriors (53-29) host the Boston Celtics (51-31) in Game 1 of the NBA Finals on Thursday at Chase Center in San Francisco, with tipoff scheduled for 9 p.m. ET (ABC).

NBA Finals Schedule

  • Game 1: Thursday at Golden State, 9 p.m., ABC
  • Game 2: June 5 at Golden State, 8 p.m., ABC
  • Game 3: June 8 at Boston, 9 p.m., ABC
  • Game 4: June 10 at Boston, 9 p.m., ABC
  • Game 5: June 13 at Golden State, 9 p.m., ABC (if nec.)
  • Game 6: June 16 at Boston, 9 p.m., ABC (if nec.)
  • Game 7: June 19 at Golden State, 8 p.m., ABC (if nec.)

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A Look at NBA Finals Odds

In a season in which both of the stateā€™s teams, the Brooklyn Nets and New York Knicks, came up way short of expectations, seeing the rival Celtics in yet another NBA final must be disheartening for many New York sports betting fans.

BetMGM Sportsbook New York has the Warriors listed as a 3.5-point favorite.

The Warriors are -165 on the moneyline in Game 1, with the Celtics as a +140 moneyline underdog. Over/under total points for the game are 212.5.

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During the regular season, the series knotted up at 1-1 with the Warriors taking the early matchup on the road, 111-107, on Dec. 17 (Stephen Curry 30 points, Andrew Wiggins 27; Jayson Tatum had 27 to lead five players in double figures for Boston).

The Celtics returned the favor out on the West Coast, 110-88, on March 16. Tatum and Jaylen Brown had 26 each to lead the way. For the Warriors, Jordan Poole had 29. Curry managed just three points in 13:40 minutes before leaving game with left foot soreness after Marcus Smart fell on his leg.

How Each Team Got Here

According to BetMGM, the Celtics opened the season at +4000 to win the NBA championship. Before the first round, they dropped dramatically to +750. The second round, they dropped to +375.

Heading into the series with the Miami Heat, which Boston won in seven games, you could get the Celtics in NBA betting at +220.

On the eve of Game 1, Boston is now +130 to win the crown with 9.3% of the tickets and 13.1% of the handle, per BetMGM.

Golden State, which is making its sixth finals appearance in the last eight years, got its core three back together again this season with Curry, a healthy Klay Thompsonā€Æand Draymond Green. The trio seeks their fourth title together.

Opening the season at +1200 to claim the title by BetMGM, the Warriors entered the first round with a modest drop to +1000. Entering the second round, a solid drop to +300. The odds entering the Western Conference Finals were at +120. Now the Warriors are the favorite at -160 to win it all with 13.8% of the tickets and 22.3% of handle.



Lou Monaco had been East Coast Scene columnist for Gaming Today in Las Vegas since June 2019, covering the East Coast sportsbook scene with emphasis on NJ and PA. He also currently is a part-time writer for the high school sports department for NJ Advanced Media ( in Iselin, NJ. Lou has over 30 years sports experience with previous stints at ESPN SportsTicker, Daily Racing Form and Oddschecker.

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