Celtics Now Championship Favorites After Game 1 Win

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  • The Boston Celtics defeated the Golden State Warriors 120-108 in Game 1 of th 2022 NBA Finals.
  • Boston rallied from live odds that went as high as +1600 before turning the tide in the fourth quarter with a massive 40-16 windup.
  • The Celtics are now the -170 betting favorites to win the 2022 NBA Finals.

The Boston Celtics have flipped the script and are now the odds on favorite to win the 2022 NBA Finals.

Boston entered Game 1 as the +125 underdogs to the Golden State Warriors who were listed as the -145 favorites on the BetOnline App. But after their stunning Game 1 win on Thursday night, the Celtics are now the -170 betting favorites to win the series with the Dubs dropping to +150.

Series props also favored Golden State to win the Larry O’Brien trophy in six or seven games with odds listed at +375. Now, it is Boston that is the +290 odds on favorite to close out the series in six games. Before Game 1, the series was a +145 favorite to be tied at 2-2 after four games. The odds of a 3-1 lead by the Celtics after four games have also risen to +145. Here’s one more: Boston was a +1600 to sweep Golden State in the Finals. Those odds are now down to +700 at BetMGM.

What a Comeback!

The best words to describe Game 1 of the 2022 NBA Finals are indeed “What a comeback!”, and yes, with the exclamation point. Golden State looked like it had control of the game when they took a 14-point lead late in the 3rd period and had a 12-point lead at the start of the 4th. The Dubs are known to be a veteran team that closes out games very well and are not known to blow big leads, especially in big games. Not on Thursday.

Boston’s live odds swelled to +825 via BetOnline at the end of the 3rd quarter. Those odds were also listed at +900 at Caesars Sportsbook and an even higher price of +1600 at PointsBet USA. According to ESPN, Boston’s win probability dropped to as low as 4%when the Dubs took their biggest lead of the game.

Golden State entered Game 1 as -3.5 point favorites and they were off to a scintillating start behind Steph Curry’s first-quarter explosion. Boston however fought back and even took a two-point lead at the half. The Dubs erupted in the third period and it looked like Boston was staring at a third Game 1 loss in the current playoffs. But just like we’ve seen from them before in the series against the Bucks and Heat, the Celtics refused to lay down and die.

Historic Game for Celtics Bettors

The Celtics outscored the Warriors 40-16 in the fourth quarter, making 15-22 field goal attempts, and were a spectacular 9-12 from three-point distance. The Warriors meanwhile, went ice cold and shot 7-17 from the floor and just 2-8 from deep. The 24-point differential is tied for the largest point differential in any quarter in NBA Finals history.

Boston unleashed a 17-0 fourth-quarter run from the 6:04 mark of the 4th quarter to the 1:10 left that turned a three-point deficit into a 14-point lead. During that stretch, Al Horford scored eight points including back-to-back triples that gave the Celtics the lead. Marcus Smart also made two three-pointers and Derrick White one in the second-longest fourth-quarter run in the NBA Finals in the last 50 years.

The Celtics are also the first team in NBA history to win an NBA Finals game by double-digits after trailing by double-digits entering the fourth quarter. As for the Warriors, they now hold the record for the largest blown 4th quarter lead in the NBA Finals in the last 30 years. Thankfully, it’s a seven-game series, not a do-or-die game so the Celtics still need to beat them three more times to pull off the upset.

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