Boston Celtics

A look at old betting lines shows how far the Boston Celtics have come in a short time.

The C’s are on their way to the NBA Finals for the first time since 2010, and for the first time in the careers of their core roster – including veteran big man Al Horford. They’ll face the Golden State Warriors, who are in the finals for the first time since 2019, and have overcome major injuries to their biggest stars on their way back to an opportunity to win their fourth championship in eight seasons.

Before the beginning of the season, the Celtics had 50-1 odds to win it all. According to SportsOddsHistory.com (via ESPN), if they beat the Warriors, they’d be the biggest long shot in 35 years to win the NBA Finals based on preseason odds.

As of this writing on Tuesday, the Warriors are -150 favorites to win the series at the DraftKings Sportsbook, with the Celtics as +130 underdogs. Golden State is also a 3.5-point favorite to win Game 1 on Thursday night, with a -160 money line. The C’s are +140 to win Game 1 at Chase Center.

You can listen to Game 1 on Thursday night on 98.5 The Sports Hub at 9 p.m. ET, starting with pregame coverage at 8:30.

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Full schedule for Celtics-Warriors 2022 NBA Finals

  • With Sunday night’s 100-96 win over the Miami Heat, the Celtics are officially back in the NBA Finals for the first time since 2010. They’ll take on the league’s latest dynasty, the Golden State Warriors, who punched their ticket by beating the Dallas Mavericks in Game 5 of the Western Conference Finals Thursday night.

    The full schedule for that series has already been released by the NBA. Since the Warriors finished with the better regular season record, they’ll have home court advantage. Games 1 and 2 in San Francisco will be Thursday, June 2 and Sunday June, 5. Action will return to Boston and TD Garden Wednesday, June 8.

    In some good news for the Celtics, this series is much more spaced out than the Eastern Conference Finals which featured games every other day. In fact, the Celtics have played every other day since Game 3 of the Milwaukee series on May 7. This upcoming rest is much-needed after a stretch of 11 games in 21 days.

    Keep scrolling for the full schedule of the series. All games will be carried live on 98.5 The Sports Hub, with pregame coverage starting 30 minutes before the scheduled tip-off.

  • Game 1: Thursday, June 2, 9:00 p.m. ET @ GS

    SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA - MARCH 16: Marcus Smart #36 of the Boston Celtics competes for a loose ball against Kevon Looney #5 of the Golden State Warriors in the second quarter at Chase Center on March 16, 2022 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images)

    SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA – MARCH 16: Marcus Smart #36 of the Boston Celtics competes for a loose ball against Kevon Looney #5 of the Golden State Warriors in the second quarter at Chase Center on March 16, 2022 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images)

  • Game 2: Sunday, June 5, 8:00 p.m. ET @ GS

    Mar 16, 2022; San Francisco, California, USA; Boston Celtics guard Jaylen Brown (7) dribbles the ball next to Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson (11) in the third quarter at the Chase Center. Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports

    Mar 16, 2022; San Francisco, California, USA; Boston Celtics guard Jaylen Brown (7) dribbles the ball next to Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson (11) in the third quarter at the Chase Center. Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports

  • Game 3: Wednesday, June 8, 9:00 p.m. ET @ BOS

    BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS - DECEMBER 17: Jayson Tatum #0 of the Boston Celtics drives to the basket against Andrew Wiggins #22 of the Golden State Warriors at TD Garden on December 17, 2021 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Malhotra/Getty Images)

    BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS – DECEMBER 17: Jayson Tatum #0 of the Boston Celtics drives to the basket against Andrew Wiggins #22 of the Golden State Warriors at TD Garden on December 17, 2021 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Malhotra/Getty Images)

  • Game 4: Friday, June 10, 9:00 p.m. ET @ BOS

    BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS - DECEMBER 17: Jaylen Brown #7 of the Boston Celtics drives to the basket against the Golden State Warriors at TD Garden on December 17, 2021 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Malhotra/Getty Images)

    BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS – DECEMBER 17: Jaylen Brown #7 of the Boston Celtics drives to the basket against the Golden State Warriors at TD Garden on December 17, 2021 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Malhotra/Getty Images)

  • Game 5: Monday, June 13, 9:00 p.m. ET @ GS

    SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA - MARCH 16: Jordan Poole #3 of the Golden State Warriors drives to the basket against Payton Pritchard #11 of the Boston Celtics in the first quarter at Chase Center on March 16, 2022 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images)

    SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA – MARCH 16: Jordan Poole #3 of the Golden State Warriors drives to the basket against Payton Pritchard #11 of the Boston Celtics in the first quarter at Chase Center on March 16, 2022 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images)

  • Game 6: Thursday, June 16, 9:00 p.m. ET @ BOS

    BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS - DECEMBER 17: Draymond Green #23 of the Golden State Warriors and Marcus Smart #36 of the Boston Celtics react during a game at TD Garden on December 17, 2021 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Malhotra/Getty Images)

    BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS – DECEMBER 17: Draymond Green #23 of the Golden State Warriors and Marcus Smart #36 of the Boston Celtics react during a game at TD Garden on December 17, 2021 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Malhotra/Getty Images)

     

  • Game 7: Sunday, June 19, 8:00 p.m. ET @ GS

    Mar 16, 2022; San Francisco, California, USA; Boston Celtics forward Jayson Tatum (0) shoots over Golden State Warriors forward Jonathan Kuminga (00) in the third quarter at the Chase Center. Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports

    Mar 16, 2022; San Francisco, California, USA; Boston Celtics forward Jayson Tatum (0) shoots over Golden State Warriors forward Jonathan Kuminga (00) in the third quarter at the Chase Center. Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports

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