The NBA Finals start Thursday in San Francisco, where Golden St. will host Boston in Game 1 at 9:00 p.m. Eastern on ABC.
The Westgate SuperBook in Las Vegas opened the Warriors as 3.5-point home favorites, with a total of 210.5. As of late Monday morning, that’s where most books still had those numbers. BetRivers was an exception, adjusting the total to 211.5 points.
Most shops had the Celtics at +135 or +140 on the money line.
The Westgate has Golden St. as a -150 ‘chalk’ to win the title, with Boston listed as a +130 underdog to win the series.
Game 2 will be Sunday in San Francisco.
Boston advanced to the NBA Finals thanks to Sunday’s 100-96 win at Miami in Game 7. The Celtics took the cash as three-point road favorites, while the 196 combined points slithered ‘under’ the 198-point total.
Jayson Tatum led the way with 26 points, 10 rebounds, two blocked shots, one steal and six assists compared to two turnovers. Jaylen Brown added 24 points, six rebounds and six assists, while Marcus Smart contributed 24 points, nine boards, five assists and a pair of steals.
Al Horford had five points, 14 rebounds, two blocked shots, one steal and three assists without a turnover. Grant Williams had 11 points and six boards.
Jimmy Butler scored a game-high 35 points in the losing effort.
Trailing 98-85 with 3:35 remaining, Miami went on a 11-0 run and took possession with a chance to tie or take the lead. Butler pulled up for a clean look at a trey in transition, but it was off the mark with 11.4 seconds left. Smart made a pair of free throws to seal the spread cover and put the game out of reach.