Warriors vs. Celtics odds, props and best bets
It’s that time of year again – the best time to be a basketball fan. The NBA Finals are finally here! And with two wildly popular teams going head-to-head, the bets should fly like New Yorkers Aim to get in on the action with New York sports betting apps. That means it’s time for our NBA Finals betting preview.
The forecast is already heating up as we anticipate Thursday night’s whistleblower on the Golden State court. Can Steph Curry finally win the Finals MVP? Could the match make it to a Game 7? Will the Celtics add yet another trophy to their massive franchise trophy case?
We’re ready for anything this year, but it’s time to familiarize yourself with the odds before placing your bets.
NBA Finals Betting Preview: Best Odds
For New York sports bettors, here are the best odds available on the Warriors vs Celtics.
First of all, who is the favorite to win the series? Currently, that would be the Warriors at a competitive -150 on DraftKings NY.
- FanDuel NY has Warriors up for grabs at -160 and Celtics at +135
- BetMGM NY has Warriors up for grabs at -160 and Celtics at +130
Game 1 Moneyline, point spread and total
Golden State is also the Game 1 favorite, which makes sense with their home court advantage and the extra rest they’ve had over the Celtics.
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Preview of the Golden State Warriors final against the Boston Celtics
For the past decade, the Warriors have been NBA Finals regulars, as this is their sixth Finals appearance in just eight years. And despite having had a few lackluster seasons, the Splash Brothers are making waves again this year.
Golden State retained three of its main stars from their three recent championship wins in 2015, 2017 and 2018: Steph Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green. And they have a new cast of supporting characters who are stars in their own right, including Jordan Poole and Andrew Wiggins. The combination of seasoned Finals veterans and energetic young talent could be the recipe for success this year.
On the other side of the field, we have a hungry Boston team. The Celtics have more championships than everyone but the Lakers, but they haven’t even reached the Finals since 2010. This year, a great team with super talent brought the legendary franchise back into the championship hunt.
The Celtics had a tougher fight to get to the Finals than the Warriors and enter the Finals with fewer rest days. They battled through an ugly but thrilling series against the Miami Heat and won their Eastern Conference championship in Game 7 on Sunday. Add to that their trip to Golden State, and you could have a tired team on Thursday.
However, a hard fight could strengthen their resolve, and they are already a strong team. The Celtics have the size advantage over the Warriors and might be able to break Golden State’s small-ball strategy. Their big names include Al Horford, Robert Williams and Grant Williams who have been good players lately. And with rising superstars Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown, they have shooters to match. Brown has a 75.8 percent field goal percentage in the fourth quarter and Tatum leads the playoffs in plus-minus total.
If both teams can stay healthy throughout the series, we’re predicting an epic East-West showdown for the history books.
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