Warriors’ series handicap (spread). Taking the Warriors to win the series at -161 odds isn’t terrible value considering Boston has odds of +129 ahead of Game 1, but it might not provide the most bang for your buck.
If you want to pick up some plus money and increase your bankroll, taking the Warriors to win this series by more than 1.5 games at +129 is a fantastic play. If you took this bet, you would need the Warriors to win the series either 4-0, 4-1, or 4-2. The oddsmakers currently like this series to go seven games (+171), but it’s not crazy to think the series will last six. Sure, that means the Warriors will have to win the title on the road, but it’s not as if they’re incapable of that.
Celtics’ series correct score. Heading into Game 1 on Thursday night, Boston has +129 odds to win it all. For the Celtics to win the series in six games (4-2), the odds would be +351.
However, there’s also the possibility that the series goes seven games. If that happens, it would be tough to bet against the Celtics, who have won two consecutive Game 7s, including one on the road, where they would have to play Game 7 in this series. Boston also won an elimination game on the road to stay alive against Milwaukee. The odds for Boston to win the NBA Finals 4-3 are currently +617.
Could it be over in five games? It’s possible, as the odds for UNDER 5.5 games are currently set at +144. However, this series likely goes six because you are dealing with two solid defensive squads that can also execute on offense thanks to multiple superstar playmakers. The current price for OVER 5.5 games is -192, but it will change after Game 1.
You could also pivot to playing a “when will the series finish” bet and grab six games at +190, which has the second-best odds behind seven games (+170). The past three NBA Finals have all finished in six games.