Jun 8, 2022; Boston, Massachusetts, USA; Boston Celtics guard Jaylen Brown (7) blocks a shot from Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson (11) n the fourth quarter during game three of the 2022 NBA Finals at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports
The Boston Celtics are 3.5-point home favorites over the Golden State Warriors in the opening line for Game 4 of the NBA Finals on Friday, June 10
Boston leads the best-of-seven series 2-1 with the next two games both slated for TD Garden
How will the odds be moving on this game? That is all assessed in the following story
In the NBA Finals between the Boston Celtics and Golden State Warriors, who is best in the second continues to play a significant role in which team is finishing first at the end of the night.
The team winning the second quarter has won all three games in this best-of-seven set. That was again the case in Game 3 on Wednesday as the series relocated to Boston’s TD Garden.
The Celtics outscored the Warriors 35-34 in period #2 and won the game by a 116-110 count. The outcome gives Boston a 2-1 edge in the series.
Oddsmakers are nothing if not consistent when it comes to the opening NBA betting lines for each game of the NBA Finals. In Games 1 and 2 at Golden State’s Chase Center, the Warriors were the 4-point chalk to open betting for both games.
Warriors vs Celtics Odds Game 4
Golden State Warriors
O 214.5 (-110)
U 214.5 (-110)
Odds as of June 9th at Caesars Sportsbook. See Caesars Sportsbook promo codes.
Moving to Boston, the Celtics as the -3.5 chalk was the opening line for Game 3. And the Game 4 odds dropped, the Celtics are again the 3.5-point chalk. The favorite has covered the spread in each of the past two games.
Tipoff for Game 4 at TD Garden is set for 9 pm ET on Friday, June 10. ABC is carrying the broadcast. Canadians can catch the action on TSN.
Boston is the -115 favorite to defeat Golden State in the NBA title odds.
Jays Show The Way For Celtics
The two Jays carried the day for Boston in Game 3. Jaylen Brown scored 27 points and pulled down nine rebounds. Jayson Tatum scored 26 points and dished out nine assists. Tatum’s 26.9 points per game average is leading the series.
Boston’s size advantage appears to be wearing on the smaller Warriors. The Celtics dominated in rebounding (47-31), points in the paint (52-26) and second-chance points (22-11).
In NBA Finals history, when the series is tied 1-1 the team winning Game 3 has gone on to win 82% of all series.
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Warriors Curry Leaves Game With Injury
Guard Steph Curry paced Golden State in Game 3 with a game-high 31 points. However, he was forced to leave the game in the fourth quarter after Boston’s Al Horford rolled into Curry’s left leg during pursuit of a loose ball.
Steve Kerr said “we’ll know more tomorrow” when asked about Steph Curry hobbling late. Al Horford landed on his lower left leg scrambling for a loose ball.
— Anthony Slater (@anthonyVslater) June 9, 2022
His status for Game 4 is uncertain. Curry leads the Warriors in the series with 25.5 ppg.
Klay Thompson broke out of a shooting slump and scored 25 points for the Warriors. Golden State has won a road game in 26 successive NBA playoff series.
Curry’s Status Will Move The Needle
Certainly, bettors will be motivated by the news on Curry’s leg injury. He suffered a similar injury in a March 16 game against Boston. In that instance, Celtics guard Marcus Smart crashed into Curry’s left leg and he suffered a left foot injury. Curry sat out the final 12 games of the regular season.
Klay Thompson on Steph Curry’s injury: “We need him if we want to win this thing. I know Steph will do everything in his power to play. I am really hoping he’s OK, because he’s our identity. Without him, it would be very difficult.” #Warriors
— Ron Kroichick (@ronkroichick) June 9, 2022
If he can’t go, or it becomes apparent that Curry won’t be operating at anywhere near 100%, look for there to be plenty of action on Boston and for the line on the Celtics to lengthen.