- The Boston Celtics edged the Brooklyn Nets 115-114 in Game 1 of their first round series on Sunday.
- Jayson Tatum scored on a buzzer-beating layup to give the Celtics a 1-0 series lead.
- Tatum also cashed the OVER on his scoring prop bet of 30.5 points.
Jason Tatum has accomplished a lot in his short stint in the NBA but he had never made a buzzer-beating game-winner before in his young but decorated NBA career. The Celtics had also not seen a buzzer-beater since Paul Pierce sank the Heat with one during the 2010 Playoffs. On Sunday, those changed.
Tatum scored on a game-winning layup as time expired to give the Celtics a thrilling 115-114 win over the Brooklyn Nets in Game 1 of their best-of-seven first round playoff series.
Game Winner Cashed the Over on Tatum’s Scoring Prop
Jayson Tatum’s game-winner cashed the over on his point total (30.5) ?
— NBABet (@nbabet) April 17, 2022
Sunday’s game-winner not only gave the Celtics a 1-0 series lead over the Nets, but it also cashed Tatum’s scoring prop. Tatum had already gone over his passing prop bet of 4.5 assists with 8 in Game 1. But after going silent for much of the 4th quarter, it looked like he would miss his scoring prop the way he did his O 3.5 three-pointers prop.
JT already made three three-pointers thru three quarters but was held scoreless in the 4th quarter after making two free throws with 10:36 left in the game. With the game clock about to expire, it looked like Marcus Smart would get the final shot for Boston. But despite the clock ticking down, Smart did not get rattled into taking a hurried attempt. Instead, Smart faked a shot, took one dribble going to the basket, and then found Tatum who was streaking from the top of the key. Tatum spun as he caught the ball to avoid Kyrie Irving and tossed in the game-winning layup just as time expired.
Frenzy followed at the TD Garden as the Celtics survived Kyrie Irving’s 39-point night and a barrage of three-pointers in an 18-point 4th quarter storm to win the game 115-114 and take a 1-0 series lead heading to Wednesday’s Game 2, also at the TD Garden. But the fans at the arena weren’t the only ones rejoicing as sports bettors who took Tatum to go over his 30.5-point scoring prop won their bets, at the last second. Tatum finished the game with 31 points, 8 assists, and 4 rebounds while shooting 9-18 from the field including 3-7 from deep.
Celtics Have Oddsmakers Support Ahead of Game 2
The Celtics have the support of oddsmakers ahead of Game 2 against the Nets. https://t.co/ieMGJzzAdt
— NESN (@NESN) April 18, 2022
With the win, Boston now heads to Wednesday’s Game 2 with a 1-0 series lead against the Nets and the oddsmakers’ support ahead of the game. According to online sportsbook BetOnline, the Celtics are currently -3.5 spread and -165 Moneyline favorites to beat the Nets on Wednesday night. The odds are one-point closer than the 4.5 spread in Game 1 but after a back-and-forth game on Sunday, the closer odds are expected.
Boston remains as the -240 odds on favorite to beat the Nets in the series. Oddsmakers are favoring the Celtics to win the series in five games at +300 while Boston finishing Brooklyn in seven games is next on the Bet365 odds board at +375. Meanwhile, the odds of the Celtics winning in six games is +450 while the price of Boston sweeping Brooklyn is the longest at +675.
At +320, the Celtics have the second shortest odds win the Eastern Conference, behind only the defending champions Milwaukee Bucks who are listed at +190. As far as title odds are concerned, Boston is currently listed at +700 to win the 2022 NBA championship with only the Suns at +210, Bucks at +450, and Golden State at +550. Tatum meanwhile is tied with Kevin Durant and Steph Curry at +1000 for the fourth-best odds to win Finals MVP. Only Devin Booker at +500, Giannis Antetokounmpo at +550, and Chris Paul at +600.