Celtics' Odds to Win 2019 NBA Finals Regress Despite Series Sweep Over Indiana

By Dan O'Shea
Boston Celtics v Indiana Pacers - Game Four
Boston Celtics v Indiana Pacers - Game Four / Andy Lyons

The Boston Celtics are the first team to make it to the second round of the NBA Playoffs, but that doesn't mean they're the title contenders many thought they could be when the season started.

Boston took care of the Indiana Pacers in quick fashion, and the Celtics are now 12 games away from adding another banner to the rafters in TD Garden. However, despite not losing a game in the postseason thus far, Boston's latest odds to win the 2019 NBA Finals have taken a step back, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.

The Houston Rockets' odds have soared as Houston is now looking to sweep the Utah Jazz in Game 4 after outscoring Utah by a combined 55 points in the first three games.

Yes, the Golden State Warriors are one of the greatest teams ever assembled, but they still blew a 31-point lead to the Los Angeles Clippers in Game 2 of their first-round series. The Orlando Magic have also played the Toronto Raptors tight and even took Toronto down in Game 1 of the series.

Both Golden State and Toronto will likely win their respective series, but seeing these two teams' odds improve after losing at least once in the first round is surprising given Boston's sweep.

The Celtics have rarely been considered underdogs in NBA history, but it looks like they're not getting their share of respect moving forward in the 2019 postseason.

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