The NBA markets are predicated on algorithms, power rankings, and point spread betting with a greater fighting chance of a fair fight. For instance, the 2022 NBA finals were a frenzy as the Golden State Warriors and the Boston Celtics looked forward to a pivotal game.
The Celtics nearly had the Warriors on a tight rope, gaining an upper hand on homecourt advantage with a 2-1 series lead in their previous match. The Warriors top player, Steph Curry, demonstrated a sterling performance when Boston tried to push them to the brink.
The action shifted back to San Francisco for Game 5 of the 2022 NBA Finals, favoring Golden State to win. It was also the odds-on choice to uplift the Larry O’Brien trophy that was predicted to go the distance at the end of the game series. According to FanDuel’s 2022 NBA predictions, the Warriors were -150 to raise their banner since 2015.
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NBA Finals Betting Odds
Many fans expected highly of the Dubs in Game 5, with more than 2/3 of the bets placed and an estimated 3/4 of the money wagered against the four-point spread covering the home team. The total 212 points were more polarized amongst the bettors, as evidenced by 70% of the purchased tickets on the over. Similarly, the moneyline had seemingly lopsided trends, with the most bets having been for the Warriors rather than the Celtics.
However, Betters did not sleep on the Celtics considering that they emerged victorious in two consecutive Game 7’s and were up for the challenge in a more aggressive setting at the Chase Center. The Celtics had also demonstrated an impressive 8-3 road performance, which raised their odds of a better winning percentage in the finals.
Preview and Predictions
Boston’s chances of emerging victorious greatly depended on containing the 34-year-old Steph Curry in Game 5, as they have no player who can perform anywhere close to where Curry is leveled up right now. Besides one for the team, if the Warriors emerged victorious, the bonafide NBA champion would win his first finals MVP award, with an outside shot of holding the title even if the Warriors were to lose.
Despite his flawless performance in the previous five NBA finals prior to game 5, Curry has never influenced a championship series like this one. The sharpshooter has dialled in and taken over with massive support from the youngest to the oldest age brackets. Curry also comes out as a notable veteran who put up a good show in Game 4 that helped his team grasp a 107-97 point spread victory.
Who Took Home the Game 5 Victory?
The Warriors won Game 5 despite missing more than 30 three-pointers and shooting about 15 fewer free throws than the Celtics. The star player, Andrew Wiggins, lifted the team with 13 rebounds and 26 points. To be fair, the 104-94 stats, despite Curry missing a 3-pointer for the first time in his profession, had more quirks than the seemingly improbable stat. The outcome only proved basketball to be a game of runs, as the Warriors started out furiously and maintained a steady advantage to the end.