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.
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