Golden State Warriors Enter NBA Finals Against Boston as Prohibitive Favorites

Golden State Warriors Enter NBA Finals Against Boston as Prohibitive Favorites
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Golden State’s chase for a seventh NBA championship continues Thursday evening, when Steve Kerr’s team looks to take down the Boston Celtics.

The Warriors clinched the Western Conference title Thursday, thanks to their 120-110 rout of Dallas, clinching the series in five games.

Now, Golden State gets to play the Eastern Conference champs, who survived a seven-game series against Miami to advance to this week’s finals.

Game 1 of the 2022 NBA Finals tips off from San Francisco’s Chase Center at 6 p.m. Pacific time Thursday on ABC.

There is no legal California sports betting.

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

NBA Finals Schedule

  • Game 1: Thursday at Golden State, 6 p.m., ABC
  • Game 2: June 5 at Golden State, 6 p.m., ABC
  • 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 (if nec.)
  • 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 Heavy NBA Finals Favorites Entering Game 1

Two themes emerge when you glance at early NBA Finals lines across the nation’s four largest mobile betting apps — the Warriors are heavy favorites in the series, and Steph Curry is the runaway NBA Finals MVP frontrunner.

Golden State is listed anywhere from -150 to -160 to win the 2022 championship, with the lowest odds coming from DraftKings Sportsbook and the highest from BetMGM and FanDuel Sportsbook.

As for Curry, the two-time NBA MVP is listed as the frontrunner on two sites (BetMGM and Caesars Sportsbook) to win the 2022 Bill Russell NBA Finals MVP Award, with odds ranging from +100 (BetMGM) to +110 (Caesars Sportsbook).

NBA Finals MVP Odds

🏀 Stephen Curry+100
🏀 Jayson Tatum+180
🏀 Jaylen Brown+1000
🏀 Klay Thompson+1500
🏀 Draymond Green+1800
🏀 Jordan Poole+3000
🏀 Andrew Wiggins+3500
🏀 Marcus Smart+3500
Odds provided by Caesars Sportsbook.

Golden State a Slight Game 1 Favorite

Golden State is a consensus betting favorite in Thursday’s Game 1. The Warriors are 3.5-point favorites on all four sites, with moneyline odds that range from -160 (Caesars Sportsbook and DraftKings Sportsbook) to -166 (FanDuel Sportsbook).

Golden State looks to capture its first title in four years. The Warriors and Celtics met twice during the regular season, splitting those contests, with each team winning on the other’s home court.

Golden State was victorious Dec. 17 in Boston, beating the Celtics, 111-107, thanks to Curry’s 30-point performance. Boston got a measure of revenge March 16, shellacking the Warriors, 110-88, in San Francisco.



Christopher Boan
Reporter / Journalist

Christopher Boan is the lead writer at, 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, the Tucson Weekly and the Green Valley News.

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