Best 2022 NBA Finals Bets After Celtics' Game 1 Win
The Boston Celtics pulled off a shocking upset win in Game 1, riding a 40-point fourth quarter explosion to go up 1-0 in the series. Unsurprisingly, a number of NBA Finals odds on FanDuel Sportsbook have shifted in the aftermath.
These changes present an opportunity for bettors looking to take advantage of early overreactions. With that mind, here's three of the best Finals bets currently on FanDuel Sportsbook.
NBA Finals Bets After Game 1
1. Warriors Win the Series (+140)
After being the championship favorite for most of the playoffs, the Warriors are now underdogs at +140 following their Game 1 loss. There haven't been many chances to get Golden State at a value since the postseason began, making this a great target. The Warriors were in control of Thursday's series opener before the Celtics got miraculously hot. Stephen Curry also looks like he'll have his way with Boston after putting up 34 points to kick things off. If this team just gets a little bit more from Draymond Green (4 points) and Jordan Poole (9 points), they're in great shape to take back control. And should this series end up going seven games, they have home-court advantage. Home teams are 15-4 all-time in Finals Game 7's.
2. Stephen Curry Finals MVP (+145)
Speaking of Curry, he'll be key to the Warriors if they're to hoist the Larry O'Brien trophy once again. He's been a monster in the Finals throughout his career, averaging 26.7 points, 6.2 assists and 5.7 rebounds across 29 games. After losing this award to Andre Iguodala and Kevin Durant twice, the path is clear for Curry to take it home this year if the Warriors can overcome their 1-0 deficit. He already made history in Game 1, racking up six made threes in the first quarter while finishing with a game-high 34 points. He appears locked in, and he could explode in epic fashion to tie things up on Sunday, which would catapult him back to the top of the odds.
3. Al Horford Finals MVP (+1400)
Let's say the Celtics go on to win the NBA Finals. Then taking a long look at Al Horford may be a great under-the-radar play. Horford went off in Game 1, making a career-high six 3-pointers while pacing the Celtics with 26 points. This could be an outlier for the veteran big man, who's averaging 12.7 PPG this postseason, but he just needs one strong series to challenge for the award. It was the 36-year-old that played a key part in Boston's fourth-quarter comeback on Thursday, putting up 11 points and coming up with a steal in the final minutes. He'll continue to be an x-factor for the Celtics' title hopes while Golden State focuses most of its attention on stopping Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown, who combined to shoot an abysmal 13-of-40 with just 36 total points in Game 1. If Horford can continue to swing games, he could end up being this year's Andre Iguodala and stealing a Finals MVP from his star teammates. One more strong game will elevate him from moderate longshot to legit contender.
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