Dubs Answer With Dominant Game 2, Back as Title Betting Favorites

Boston Celtics And Golden State Warriors NBA Finals Background

  • The Golden State Warriors defeated the Boston Celtics 107-88 in Game 2 of the 2022 NBA Finals on Sunday night.
  • With the win, the series is now tied at 1-1 but the Warriors are back as the -115 betting favorites to win the title.
  • Game 3 will be in Boston on Wednesday night and the Celtics have opened as -3.5 point home favorites.

The 2022 NBA Finals is back where it started – with both teams on even footing.

Boston drew first blood by taking Game 1 but the Warriors answered the bell and bounced back with a dominant Game 2 win to even the series at one game apiece before heading to Game 3 in Boston on Wednesday night.

Bounced Back

After coughing up a 15-point third-quarter lead in Game 1, the Warriors made sure there would be no comeback this time around from the Celtics. Golden State turned a 2-point halftime lead into a massive 23-point cushion at the start of the 4th quarter as the Warriors salvaged a split in the two games played at Chase Center.

Steph Curry led the Warriors with 29 points and made five three-pointers to go over his 27.5 points and 4.5 three-pointers made prop bets. Jordan Poole had a big second half as he also went over his scoring prop of 13.5 points and three-point prop of 1.5 three-pointers made with 17 points and five triples for the Warriors. Poole hit a massive three-pointer from Curry range to beat the 3rd quarter buzzer and bury the Celtics for good:

Jayson Tatum opened like a house on fire after a dismal Game 1 effort. Tatum scored 21 points in the first half but went ice cold in the second half and finished with 28 points to lead Boston. However, Game 1 hero Al Horford scored just 2 points on 1-4 shooting after putting up 26 points with six three-pointers in Game 1. Jaylen Brown and Derrick White combined to score only 29 points after combining to score 45 in the series opener.

Updated Odds to Win the NBA Championship

With the win, the Warriors reclaimed the title of betting favorites to win the 2022 NBA title. On the BetOnline App, Golden State is back as the -115 favorite with Boston falling back to -105. Before Game 2, the Celtics were the -160 odds on favorites to win the Larry O’Brien trophy with the Warriors pegged at +140. The Dubs opened at -155 odds while the Celtics hit the championship betting boards at +135 prior to the start of the 2022 NBA Finals.

BetMGM, Caesars Sportsbook, FD Sportsbook, and Borgata Online also have the same championship odds as the BetOnline App. Meanwhile, the Barstool Sportsbook and Unibet have the Warriors listed at -115 odds and the Celtics at -106. Bet365 US and PointsBet USA both have the Dubs and C’s pegged at -110 odds.

Although the top NBA sportsbooks have different series prices after Game 2, the odds are close everywhere you look. The 2022 NBA Finals opened with the closest betting odds in an NBA championship series since 2014 and it is surely living up to that right now with both teams even after two games played.

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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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