- The Boston Celtics are back as the +210 odds on favorite to win the Eastern Conference.
- Boston defeated Milwaukee 116-108 in Game 4 on Monday night to even their series at 2-2.
- Game 5 will be in Boston on Wednesday night with the Celtics opening as -5.5 points spread favorites.
The Boston Celtics are back as Eastern Conference betting favorites after a huge Game 4 win against the Milwaukee Bucks on Monday night.
Boston is now the +210 odds on favorite to win the East with the Bucks and Miami Heat trailing them at +240 and +325 and the Sixers at the bottom with their +525 odds. Entering Game 4, the Bucks were the +180 favorites followed by the Heat at +210 while the Celtics were just third at +270 via BetMGM.
Boston is even listed at a shorter +135 odds via PointsBet USA and Bet365 USA. The Heat are at +250, followed by the Bucks at +350 and Sixers at +550 at both sportsbooks. are at The Celtics’ shortest odds is currently at SportsBetting.ag where they are listed at +130. Miami is next at +240 while the Bucks and Sixers are listed at +350 and +550, respectively.
Tatum Pours in 30 as Celtics Even Series
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— NBA (@NBA) May 10, 2022
Jayson Tatum bounced back from a miserable Game 3 performance with 30 points, 13 rebounds, and 5 assists to lead the Celtics. Tatum also went over his scoring prop of 28.5 points with his third 30-point game of the current postseason and his first for the series. The Celtics superstar scored 12 points in the 4th quarter including 8 during a 14-2 run where Boston took a 106-96 lead with 3:33 left and never looked back.
But perhaps more than Tatum atoning for his 4-19 shooting effort in Game 3, it was 35-year-old Al Horford who was the key to the Celtics’ victory. Horford scored a playoff career-high 30 points on 11-14 field goal shooting, including 5-7 from behind the three-point arc, easily hitting the over on his 12.5 points scoring prop and 1.5 3-point prop bet.
Tatum and Horford’s big games negated another massive effort by Milwaukee’s Giannis Antetokounmpo who had 34 points, 18 rebounds, and 5 assists one game after torching the Celtics with 42 points, 12 rebounds, and 8 assists in Game 3. The Greek Freak also cashed the over on his 32.5 points and 12.5 rebounds game prop bets. However, Antetokoumpo went 0-4 from three-point distance and shot just 6-11 from the foul line in the loss.
Al Horford’s Dunk on Giannis Shifted the Vibe
Al Horford’s ice-cold dunk on Giannis shifted not only the vibe in Game 4, but also maybe in this slugfest of a series. @YourManDevine on the Celtics’ valiant effort to save their season: https://t.co/CZy3JeUHzr
— The Ringer (@ringer) May 10, 2022
The game had several momentum shifts but none was bigger than the one that happened after Al Horford viciously dunked on Giannis Antetokounmpo at the 9:52 mark of the 4th quarter. With that dunk, the Celtics were able to tie the game at 80-apiece. The Bucks then scored the next two baskets to take an 81-85 lead. Milwaukee still led 94-92 on a Giannis driving layup but it was clear at that point that Horford’s dunk had shifted the vibe of the game.
Horford knocked down a three-pointer to give the Celtis a 95-94 lead and converted on a three-point play to give the Celtics a 98-94 lead before Jayson Tatum took over. Horford and Tatum became the first Celtics teammates to score 30 or more points each since Paul Pierce and Ray Allen had 38 and 32 against the New York Knicks on 04/04/2011.
With the win, the Celtics not only tied the series at 2 games apiece but they took back home-court advantage. Boston has opened as -5.5 points spread and -225 Moneyline favorites to win Game 5 in Boston on Wednesday night. The Celtics are also back as the -205 chalk to win the series with Boston a +175 series to win in seven games. Should Boston go on to eliminate the Bucks, Al Horford’s 4th quarter dunk on Giannis Antetokounmpo will be a play that everyone will remember.