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).