The NBA Finals tips off on Thursday night, and most experts agree that these are two evenly matched teams that should play one of the great all-time series.
Stephen Curry, one of the best players of his generation, and the Warriors, one of the elite teams of the past ten years, against the classic NBA dynasty, the Boston Celtics.
And most specific to this matchup, it’s the movement offense of Golden State versus the great defense of the Eastern Conference Champion Celtics.
So who’s going to win? And more importantly, what can you bet?
NBA Finals Series Winner
- Golden State Warriors Finals Winner (-160)
- Boston Celtics Finals Winner (+130)
Indeed it will be a great series, but as we get ready for Game 1, the Warriors are the favorite. Some of that is their home-court advantage, some of it is the Stephen Curry factor, and some of it is the extended rest for Golden State versus the seven-game war the Celtics just played to win the East.
NBA Finals Series Spread
- Golden State Warriors -1.5 (+145)
- Golden State Warriors -2.5 (+310)
- Golden State Warriors +1.5 (-275)
- Golden State Warriors +2.5 (-900)
- Boston Celtics -1.5 (+220)
- Boston Celtics -2.5 (+600)
- Boston Celtics +1.5 (-175)
- Boston Celtics +2.5 (-400)
This is a bet using a game spread for the Finals winner. If you bet Warriors -2.5, then they need to win the series 4-0 or 4-1. Anything closer, and you lose your bet. Conversely, if you bet Celtics +2.5, they can lose 4-2 and 4-3, and you still win your bet.
Exact Finals Finish
- Golden State 4-0 (+1100)
- Golden State 4-1 (+450)
- Golden State 4-2 (+400)
- Golden State 4-3 (+400)
- Boston 4-0 (+1600)
- Boston 4-1 (+900)
- Boston 4-2 (+400)
- Boston 4-3 (+600)
A sweep in either direction pays good money. A sweep by the Celtics pays +1600 as the most unlikely result of the eight possible series results.
NBA Finals MVP
- Stephen Curry (+100)
- Jayson Tatum (+180)
- Jaylen Brown (+1000)
- Klay Thompson (+1500)
- Draymond Green (+1800)
- Jordan Poole (+3000)
It’s not surprising that Curry is the favorite to win the NBA Finals MVP Award. What is surprising is that he is paying even money when you consider that he has played on three previous NBA Finals winners and has never won an MVP award. Kevin Durant won back-to-back Finals MVPs, and Andre Iguodala won the other.
Curry was Golden State’s top scorer the year Iguodala won, 2015, but he was second to Durant in 2017 and 2018.
If Boston wins, the huge betting favorite is Jayson Tatum. He leads the team with 27 ppg in the playoffs and was the Eastern Conference Finals MVP.
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