Game 4 Loss Moves Boston Back to Role of NBA Finals Underdog

Game 4 Loss Moves Boston Back to Role of NBA Finals Underdog
By Christopher Boan
Fact Checked by Michael Peters

This time Friday, Boston was the favorite to win the 2022 NBA Championship.

But in these unpredictable finals, the Celtics are back where they started — in the role of underdog.

At least temporarily, Steph Curry swung the 2022 NBA Finals, racking up 43 points on 14-of-26 shooting in Golden State’s 107-97 series-tying victory in Boston in Game 4 on Friday.

Boston and Golden State return to the Chase Center in San Francisco at 9 p.m. Eastern time Monday for Game 5 on ABC.

This game of a best-of-seven series has proved consequential, with 82% of teams that capture Game 5 going on to win the series.

Here’s a breakdown of where Boston stands entering Game 5.

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NBA Finals Schedule

  • Game 1: Boston 120, Golden State 108
  • Game 2: Golden State 107, Boston 88
  • Game 3: Boston 116, Golden State 100
  • Game 4: Golden State 107, Boston 97 (Series tied 2-2).
  • Game 5: Monday at Golden State, 9 p.m., ABC
  • Game 6: Thursday at Boston, 9 p.m., ABC
  • Game 7: June 19 at Golden State, 8 p.m., ABC (if nec.)


Warriors Reclaim No. 1 Spot on NBA Title Odds Boards

For the third time in 10 days, the series frontrunner in the NBA Finals has shifted, with Golden State reclaiming its long-held position as title favorite Monday.  

The Warriors have gone from +140 to -150 (Boston +125) on BetMGM, thanks to the team’s performance in Game 4.

Over at Caesars Sportsbook, Golden State’s odds have soared from +190 after Game 3 to -140, while the Celtics have fallen from -230 to +120 to win the title.

Boston Slight Road Underdog in Game 5

At BetMGM, the Celtics are a 3.5-point road underdog Monday with an over-under of 210.5 total points.  

On the moneyline, Boston is +140, while Golden State is -165. Golden State is a -172 favorite at DraftKings Sportsbook.

For those looking to place a prop bet on the series, BetMGM has a plethora of series and Finals MVP options to choose from.

The operator has Curry as the MVP frontrunner at -145, followed by Celtics guards Jayson Tatum (+185) and Jaylen Brown (+700). Rounding out the top 5 are forwards Al Horford of Boston and Andrew Wiggins of Golden State, who are at +15000 apiece.

For those looking to place a wager on how long the Finals will last, BetMGM has the Warriors winning in seven games at +200, followed by Warriors in six (+275), Celtics in six (+300), and Celtics in seven (+325).

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Christopher Boan has been covering sports and sports betting for more than seven years, including stops at ArizonaSports.com, the Tucson Weekly and the Green Valley News.

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