NBA Finals Odds Predict Warriors’ Comeback in Game 2
Warriors Have No Plans to See an 0-2 Deficit, Celtics Looking to Take Commanding Lead
The Boston Celtics took game one but NBA Finals odds expect the Golden State Warriors to bounce back on Sunday.
They are shorter in betting markets than the opening game, despite losing 120-108 in a huge effort from the Celtics; however, not many bettors expect the Warriors to face an 0-2 hole at Chase Center.
Celtics Mean Business
It took a half for the Boston Celtics to get their act together, but once the buckets started to fall, there was nothing the Golden State Warriors could do about it.
We are refraining from saying the Celtics stole the road win in game one, because they earned it. They knuckled down on defense and turned the game in their favor, which wasn’t easy, but they went on a couple of big runs.
We were impressed by the two-way play from Jaylen Brown and Al Horford, who is loving playing in his first NBA Finals, and was terrific in top-scoring for the Celtics.
The 2022 NBA Finals is living up to expectations so far and the Celtics could measure up again in game two, despite what NBA Finals odds suggest. They are the +4½-point underdogs but the Celtics covering wouldn’t be surprising.
They are a confident team and there are no weak links. Robert Williams III has been an excellent addition and his size is giving the Warriors’ bigs problems. The Celtics were able to get some easy buckets, which goes a long way.
Game two has every chance of going the Celtics’ way again, so bettors shouldn’t overlook the current odds.
Warriors Calling on Experience
We thought having experience would count for something in the opening game but it’s desperately needed for Game Two.
Basketball betting is never a guaranteed result and the Golden State Warriors showed that. They started hot but fizzled in the second half, so a more concentrated effort is required to square the series.
Steph Curry was on fire but it wasn’t enough for the Warriors, who have enough NBA Finals experience to overcome the poor start.
“It’s not ideal but I believe in who we are and how we deal with adversity, how we responded all year, how we respond in the playoffs after a loss,” Curry told ESPN.
“So learn a lot from that fourth quarter, obviously they made a lot of shots. It seemed like they didn’t miss ’til deep into the fourth. When you have a team that just finds a little bit of momentum like they did and they keep making shots, it’s tough to kind of regain that momentum.”
It’s tough to regain momentum but playing another game at home helps. They need to match the defensive energy of the Celtics, which is easier said than done. The Celtics have two of the best defenders in the NBA with Marcus Smart and Jaylen Brown.
Draymond Green and Klay Thompson will need to do better if the Warriors want to tie it up.
NBA Finals odds have the Warriors at -190 and that’s a short price to take. There is more value with the Celtics at +165, so that’s where we would go when betting on Game Two.Follow us on Twitter