- The current series price for the 2022 NBA Finals are the closest since 2014.
- Boston has the third-longest preseason odds for an NBA Finalist in the last 35 years.
- Golden State is currently a -3.5 point favorite to win Thursday’s series opened at Chase Center.
When the 2022 NBA Finals begin on Thursday, the Boston Celtics will do so as the slight betting underdogs to the Golden State Warriors and no longer the longshots they were before the start of the season.
50-1 Preseason Odds
Based on the team’s 50-1 preseason odds, the #Celtics would be the biggest long shot to win a title in the past 35 years if they can pull it off.
— Celtics Nation (@CelticNationBOS) May 31, 2022
The Celtics were listed as +5000 longshots at the best NBA betting sites before the start of the preseason games. Only the 2020 Miami Heat and the 2002 New Jersey Nets have made the NBA Finals with longer preseason odds at 75/1 and 60/1, respectively. Should the Celtics go on to beat the Warriors, they would be the biggest longshot to win the NBA championship in the last three-and-a-half decades.
Boston closed the preseason with an improved +2000 odds. However, they dropped to as low as +3500 on January 1st after entering the new year with a 16-19 record. But the Celtics engineered one of the most impressive mid-season turnarounds in NBA history. They improved to 34-26 at the All-Star break and saw their title odds move up to +1200. The Celtics finished the regular season with the 2nd best record in the East at 51-31 and entered the playoffs at +340 odds to win it all.
Their postseason journey has been the toughest among the playoff teams. Boston faced preseason favorite Brooklyn in the opening round and swept the Nets. Their odds dropped a little at +375 as they faced the defending champions, Milwaukee Bucks, in the second round of the playoffs. After eliminating the Bucks in seven games, the Celtics’ title odds shot up to +220. Immediately after beating the Heat in Game 7 of the 2022 Eastern Conference Finals, Boston opened as a +135 underdog to the Golden State Warriors in the 2022 NBA Finals.
No Longer Longshots
— ESPNBoston (@ESPNBoston) June 1, 2022
Since then, the odds have tightened with the BetOnline App listing Golden State at -145 after opening at -155. Meanwhile, the Celtics now have their shortest title odds this season at +125. The current series price is the closest in an NBA Finals series since the San Antonio Spurs were a -155 against the Miami Heat in 2014.
Current series props have the Warriors as +375 favorites to win the series in six or seven games with the oddsmakers favoring a 2-2 series tie after four games at +145. The same sportsbook has the series as a +175 favorite to end in six games and a +185 to be decided by a winner-take-all Game 7.
The Warriors are currently 3.5-point spread betting favorites to win Thursday’s Game 1 at the Chase Center. Golden State is also the -164 Moneyline favorites to take the series opener on their home floor. However, it’s clear that the Celtics are no longer longshots to win their first NBA championship since 2008.