Celtics now heavy favorites to win NBA title

Celtics now heavy favorites to win NBA title

There’s a new favorite to win this year’s NBA Finals.

The Celtics took over as heavy title favorites following their 116-100 victory against the Warriors in Game 3 on Wednesday. Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown and Marcus Smart each had 20 points in the win, which put Boston up 2-1 in the series and brought their championship odds to -222 on SI Sportsbook.

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Jun 8, 2022; Boston, Massachusetts, USA; Boston Celtics forward Jayson Tatum (0) shoots the ball against Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green (23) during the fourth quarter in game three of the 2022 NBA Finals at TD Garden.

Golden State’s championship odds fell to 180 as the team faces its second deficit of the Finals. The most likely series score on SI Sportsbook is a 4-2 Celtics win ( 175), followed by 4-3 Warriors ( 300).

The Celtics are 3.5-point favorites for Friday’s Game 4 at TD Garden.

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Boston opened the series as 130 underdogs, while Golden State was a -161 favorite. That shifted after the Celtics stole Game 1 in San Francisco, 120-108. The C’s moved to -175 favorites and the Dubs’ odds shifted to 140. After the Warriors rebounded in Game 2 with a 107-88 victory, they reclaimed their title favorite status (-118), which they had held since midway through the first round of the postseason.

Although a clear favorite has emerged for the series, there is still a wide open race for the Finals MVP prize. Tatum is a clear favorite to win the award ..

Steph Curry isn’t far behind at 175 odds, and he’s the clear winner if the Warriors rally. Behind them is Brown at 300 odds, a potential value bet–his numbers through three games are on par with Tatum’s and he led the team in scoring in Game 3.

Boston is set to be installed as prohibitive favorites. A win in Game 4 will bring the total up to 3-1. If Golden State draws even, another dramatic shift in the odds may occur. Two of the remaining three games will be played at Chase Center.

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