- After a big Game 2 win over the Celtics, the Warriors have drastically improved their NBA title odds
- Golden State has gone from +150 to a -115 favorite
- Are the Warriors a good bet to win it all at this point or do the C’s still hold value? Find the analysis and best bet below
Just like they’ve done for most of these playoffs, the Golden State Warriors bounced back with authority on Sunday night after losing Game 1 to the Celtics in the Finals. The Dubs cruised to a big 107-88 victory in Game 2 and in the process improved their NBA title odds from +150 on Thursday night to -115 as of right now.
2022 NBA Finals Odds
|Golden State Warriors
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The Dubs opened as a -160 series favorite but as you can see, there has been quite a shift since then in their odds. The Celtics have opened as a slim 3.5-point favorite for Game 3 at home, however.
With Game 2 wrapped up, let’s take a look at which team could offer the most betting value moving forward.
Warriors Dominate Celtics in Game 2
Golden State had a stranglehold on the series opener until the fourth quarter when they gave up a big lead. This time around, the Warriors came out with tons of fire and didn’t let their foot off the gas pedal. Steph Curry once again led the way with 29 points while going 5 for 12 from deep. Jordan Poole also added 17 off the bench.
Stephen Curry making that case for Finals MVP after putting up some HUGE numbers in the first two games 👀 pic.twitter.com/Xi8mxYDh3K
— ClutchPoints (@ClutchPointsApp) June 6, 2022
Although the offense did look a lot better on Sunday, it was the defense that made the difference paired with some sloppy play from Boston. Golden State clamped down and did a nice job of limiting the Celtics’ open looks, even though they still shot 40% from deep. But, the C’s committed a total of 18 turnovers which the Dubs translated into 33 points. That was undoubtedly a notable difference-maker.
Ime Udoka said the Celtics need to attack the basket "much more aggressively" when the Warriors have their smaller lineups out there.
— Jay King (@ByJayKing) June 6, 2022
The Warriors used the third quarter to really pull away, outscoring Boston 35-14. They also managed to overwhelm Ime Udoka’s squad down low to the tune of a 40-24 points in the paint margin. The Celtics lacked the same aggression they’ve shown throughout the entire postseason and it certainly showed in the outcome.
What’s the Best Bet?
It’s still so early in this series, but the best time to have jumped on the Warriors’ odds, in particular, would’ve been after Game 1 when they were at +150. We’ve seen two completely different games so far, with Tatum struggling on Thursday but his supporting cast stepped up and balled out. In Game 2, the Celtics star dropped 29 and flourished, however, the rest of his help failed to deliver due to just simply missing shots and the Dubs’ stifling defense.
“Steph is a two-way player.” – GP2 on the Splash Bro's defense tonight pic.twitter.com/ToTA5Nsi1n
— Warriors on NBCS (@NBCSWarriors) June 6, 2022
At a 1-1 deficit and the odds relatively low, there’s still value in both teams. That being said, this is likely the better time to jump on the Celtics because -105 holds more weight than the -180 they were at after winning the series opener.
In all honesty, though, there is far too much basketball to play. Boston always responds after a loss while Klay Thompson has yet to get going for Golden State and it’s only a matter of time until he does. These NBA Finals could easily go the distance and there will surely be more movement in the series odds.