TheAre the NBA Finals favorites over a Team looking to make history as an underdog.
Caesars Sportsbook has the Warriors listed as the -160 favorite over the Celtics (+140). This intriguing best-of-7 series begins in San Francisco on Thursday. Golden State opened Game 1 as a 3-point favourite.
They were 10-1 favorites to win the Caesars Sportsbook championship and were among the top title contenders throughout the year. They won the title.They reached the sixth NBA Finals in their eight-year history in just five games. Only three other NBA franchises have achieved this feat: the , The Celtics.
Golden State was a top-tier title favorite, but Boston started the season as a 50-1 longshot. Based on preseason odds, the Celtics would be the biggest long shot to win a title in the past 35 years, according to sports betting archive SportsOddsHistory.com.
Boston found its rhythm in second half of regular season. It survived two Game 7s during Eastern Conference playoffs and reached the Finals.
The Celtics and Warriors split their season series with each team winning at home. Boston is the only team that has beaten the Warriors since Steve Kerr's 2015-16 Golden State coaching tenure.
Heading into the NBA Finals, there are some big bets that each team will win. A betor in Arizona placed $25,000 on the Celtics winning the championship two weeks ago at 10-1 odds. If Boston wins, the bet would return a net of $250,000. Iowa's bettor placed a $12,000 bet that the Warriors would win at 10-1 in late October. The net amount of the bet was $120,000. Both bets were placed at Caesars Sportsbook.