Dubs Now Massive West Favorites After Game 2 Comeback Win

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  • The Golden State Warriors are now a massive -800 betting favorite to beat the Dallas Mavericks in the 2022 Western Conference Finals.
  • Golden State rallied from a 19-point deficit in Game 2 to beat Dallas 126-117 to take a 2-0 seris lead.
  • The Warriors’ championship odds also improved from +110 before Game 2 to -105 after Satuday’s win.

Betting on the Golden State Warriors on a 2-0 series lead is thrice more expensive than placing a wager on them before the start of the series.

The Dubs opened as -250 betting favorites to beat the Dallas Mavericks in the 2022 Eastern Conference Finals. But after taking a 2-0 series lead on Friday, the Dubs are now a massive -800 odds on favorite to return to the NBA Finals.

Dallas meanwhile has seen its series odds double from +250 at the opening line to +550 after blowing a 19-point lead and losing to Golden State in Game 2. The Mavs are now down 0-2 heading to Game 3 which will be played in Dallas.

3rd Largest Postseason Comeback in Warriors’ History

After losing Game 1, the Mavs came to Game 2 with guns blazing. Luka Doncic scored 18 points in the first quarter as Dallas raced to a 32-25 lead after one. Doncic’s 3-pointer with 13 seconds left to go in the second quarter gave the Mavs a 72-58 lead at the end of the first half. Doncic would finish the first two quarters with 24 points as Dallas looked poised to even the series.

But the Warriors outscored the Mavs 25-13 in the third quarter to pull to within 83-85 entering the fourth quarter and finished the job in the 4th. Kevon Looney scored 11 in the third period and a career-high 21 points in the game to easily go over his 5.5-point scoring prop. Steph Curry led the Warriors with 32 points while Jordan Poole added 23 and Klay Thompson 15. Doncic finished with a massive 42-point performance to go over his 31.5-point scoring prop bet but it was not enough to topple the rampaging Warriors.

The comeback was the third-largest postseason comeback in Warriors history. Golden State rallied from a 25-point deficit to defeat the San Antonio Spurs 113-111 on May 14, 2017, for their biggest playoff comeback ever. The Dubs also came back from a 20-point deficit on April 23, 2015, to beat the New Orleans Pelicans 123-119 on 4/23/15.

Warriors Now at Minus Money Title Odds

With two wins already in the books, the Golden State Warriors are halfway to winning the Western Conference championship and returning to the NBA Finals. The last time that Golden State made it to the championship round was in 2019 when they lost to the Toronto Raptors.

According to online sportsbook BetOnline, the Warriors are currently +190 favorites to win the Western Conference Finals via a 4-1 margin and a +410 to finish the Mavs in six games. Dallas’ best odds of winning the series is beating Golden State in Game 7 but the odds of that happening is currently just at +800. The chances of Dallas sweeping the next four games is an even longer +1200.

Golden State also entered Game 2 as the +105 odds on favorite to win the 202 NBA title. They ended Friday as minus money title favorites for the first time this season at -105 with the Boston Celtics trailing them at +175 and the Miami Heat at +600. Dallas meanwhile, saw its title odds fade from +1000 to +1800 after Game 2’s loss.

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Shane Acedera / Author

Shane grew up watching the Magic & Bird rivalry but ended up rooting for Detroit's Bad Boys team in the 1990s NBA. He loves to tell sports stories and has been writing about sports since high school. When Shane isn't busy jotting down his thoughts, he's just chillin' at home with his wife Rocelle and their two dogs named Horry and Fisher. He recently added a new family member, adopting a handsome retired K-9 named Ranger.

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