The Golden State Warriors are favored to win the NBA Finals with +120 odds.
The Boston Celtics have -200 odds to beat the Miami Heat in the Eastern Conference Finals.
The Golden State Warriors have -250 odds to beat the Dallas Mavericks in the Western Conference Finals.
SAN FRANCISCO – The third round of the NBA Playoffs, the Conference Finals, are set and the Miami Heat will take on the Boston Celtics while the Golden State Warriors are going up against the Dallas Mavericks.
Overall, legal online betting sites have the Golden State Warriors and Boston Celtics favored to win the conference finals, but the Warriors are favorites to win the NBA Finals.
2022 NBA Finals Winner
Golden State Warriors +120
Boston Celtics +200
Miami Heat +450
Dallas Mavericks +650
The Warriors favored NBA Finals odds should come as no surprise as they have the most recent championship experience of any team remaining in the playoffs.
Since 2015, the Warriors trio of Stephen Curry, Draymond Green, and Klay Thompson have seen five NBA Finals appearances and three NBA Championships.
The Miami Heat follows right behind them in terms of most recent finals experience as they made the championship round just two years ago with many of the players still on their roster.
Betting On The Eastern Conference Finals
Boston Celtics Vs. Miami Heat
Boston Celtics -200
Miami Heat +170
In the three games that Miami and Boston played this season, Boston was favored and won two of the games and covered the spread in both of their wins as well which could be why the C’s opened as a heavier favorite. Make no mistake though as this series could come down to the wire being how evenly matched they are.
In the playoffs, both Boston and Miami are scoring between 107 and 108 ppg, and also both sit in the top three in point allowed to opponents per game. They are also first and second in point differential with Miami having the edge at +9.6 while Boston is at +6.6.
What could separate them though is how each of their players have been performing in the playoffs. For the Celtics, Jayson Tatum, Marcus Smart, and Al Horford have each improved their scoring in the postseason.
On the other hand, Miami has gotten improvement from Jimmy Butler, but both Bam Adebayo and Tyler Herro have struggled on the offensive end in the playoffs seeing each of their ppg drops by 5 or more points.
Betting On The Western Conference Finals
Golden State Warriors Vs. Dallas Mavericks
Golden State Warriors -250
Dallas Mavericks +200
Although Golden State has a strong edge in the series price, Dallas has taken care of business against them in the regular season winning three of the four games. The Warriors though have proven why they are the favorites as they are averaging the most points per game in the playoffs at 114.2 ppg. Dallas does have the better stance on defense and in the point differential though.
The Mavs are allowing just 101.9 ppg in the playoffs while the Warriors are letting up 110.2 ppg. Dallas is also +4.3 compared to Golden State’s +4.0 on the point differential.
Again though, the experience factor in the conference finals will certainly play a role in which the Warriors have the advantage, but Dallas could force the series to go to six or seven games in which they have +200 odds to do so.
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