2022 NBA Finals odds: Celtics are slight favorites for Game 3 vs. Warriors

The Boston Celtics stole home field advantage at the Golden State by splitting the first two games of the 2022 NBA Finals against the Warriors.

But is it really such a big advantage for the C’s?

Boston has a mediocre 5-4 record at home in the playoffs. The Celtics lost twice at the TD Garden, both in the second round to the Milwaukee Bucks and in the Eastern Conference Finals to the Miami Heat. Those struggles in Boston came as a bit of a surprise considering the Celtics’ 28 home wins during the regular season were the second-highest of any team in the East.

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Despite the Celtics’ lackluster results at home in the postseason, they are still slight favorites to win Wednesday night’s game three in the latest betting lines via PointsBet.

  • Spread: Celtics -3.5 (-110), Warriors +3.5 (-110)
  • money line: Warriors -160, Celts +135
  • total score: Above 213.5 (-110), Below 213.5 (-110)

The Warriors didn’t fare well away from home in the playoffs. They have a 3-4 away record compared to a 10-1 mark at home. In addition, Golden State has scored 6.1 fewer points per game away than at home.

The atmosphere in the garden for game 3 should be incredible. It will be the first game of the NBA Finals to be played in Boston since 2010 and is at stake for a crucial 2-1 lead in the series.

It’s no surprise that the Celtics are slight favorites, but the Warriors’ chances of winning Wednesday night shouldn’t be discounted. They’ve got plenty of NBA Finals experience and are ready for the rowdy crowd.

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