Golden State Slight Underdog in Game 3 as Finals Shift to Boston

Golden State Slight Underdog in Game 3 as Finals Shift to Boston
By Christopher Boan
Fact Checked by Michael Peters

Golden State unleashed 48 minutes of hell on the visiting Boston Celtics in Sunday’s 107-88 rout in Game 2 of the 2022 NBA Finals.

The Warriors rebounded from their 120-108 loss in Friday’s Game 1, thanks to stifling defense that held Boston to 37.5% shooting and forced 19 turnovers in the wire-to-wire win.

The fork in road that clinched Sunday’s clash was the third quarter, when Golden State outscored Boston, 35-14.

Now both teams trek 2,500-plus miles to play Game 3 at 6 p.m. Pacific time Wednesday in Boston.

Here’s a look at the rest of the NBA Finals from a betting perspective.

There is no legal California sports betting.

But two different sports betting initiatives will go before voters in November.

NBA Finals Schedule

  • Game 1: Boston 120, Golden State 108
  • Game 2: Golden State 107, Boston 88. Series tied 1-1.
  • Game 3: June 8 at Boston, 6 p.m., ABC
  • Game 4: June 10 at Boston, 6 p.m., ABC
  • Game 5: June 13 at Golden State, 6 p.m., ABC
  • Game 6: June 16 at Boston, 6 p.m., ABC (if nec.)
  • Game 7: June 19 at Golden State, 5 p.m., ABC (if nec.)


Warriors a Slight Underdog in Game 3

The four largest mobile betting apps in the country agree on the spread for Game 3, with the Warriors a 3.5-point underdog.

Golden State was the betting favorite in Games 1 (-3.5) and 2 (-4.5) in the Finals.

For those looking to place a moneyline wager, there’s a bit more diversity from the big four sportsbooks, with odds ranging from +130 (FanDuel Sportsbook) to +140 (Caesars Sportsbook and DraftKings Sportsbook).  

The oddsmakers at BetMGM have Golden State at +135 in Game 3, a few nights after the operator had them at -185 in Game 2 of the series.

During the regular season, the Warriors were 22-19 away from Chase Center. The Celtics went 28-13 on their home court.

BetMGM Has Host of NBA Finals Prop Bets

There are plenty of prop bets available for those who want to do even more wagering on the NBA Finals.

BetMGM has odds on who will win the 2022 NBA Finals MVP (Steph Curry +100, Jayson Tatum +135, Jaylen Brown +750, Al Horford +4000, Marcus Smart and Andrew Wiggins +5000).

It also has bets on how long the series will last, from five games (+300) to seven games (+140).

BetMGM also has odds on the exact series finish, ranging from +750 on the Warriors capping off a 4-1 series victory to +500 on the Celtics winning it all in seven games.  

At Caesars Sportsbook, the Warriors are +275 to win the series in seven games, while Boston is +275 to take it in six.

Warriors, Celtics a Toss-Up to Win NBA Finals

As for who will win the 2022 championship, the four major online sportsbooks have odds that favor both squads.

BetMGM, Caesars Sportsbook and FanDuel Sportsbook have Golden State at -115 and Boston at -105, while DraftKings Sportsbook has Golden State at -105 and Boston at -115.

Boston had moved into the favorite’s role across all four sportsbooks after its Game 1 victory.

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Christopher Boan
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Christopher Boan is the lead writer at BetCalifornia.com, specializing in sports betting issues in the western United States. He's covered sports and sports betting in Arizona for more than seven years, including stops at ArizonaSports.com, the Tucson Weekly and the Green Valley News.

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