August 20, 2022

The Boston Celtics established themselves as strong favorites to win the NBA Finals with their 116-100 win over the Golden State Warriors in Game 3 on Wednesday night.

The Celtics are now -225 to win the series at BetMGM after advancing 2-1 in the series. Boston has won Games 1 and 3 and needs two wins to claim the Larry O’Brien Trophy with two of four possible games remaining in the series that is expected to take place in Boston.

The Warriors opened the series as favorites largely due to their popularity and are now +180 to win the series after the Game 3 loss. The team is also holding their breath regarding Steph Curry’s left foot. Curry found himself at the bottom of a scrum for a stray ball with just over four minutes left on Wednesday night. The scuffle for the ball appeared to injure Curry’s foot and he clearly wasn’t close to 100% for the remainder of the loss.

BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS – JUNE 08: Boston Celtics’ Al Horford #42 reacts after a play with teammates Marcus Smart #36 and Grant Williams #12 in the first quarter against the Golden State Warriors in Game 3 of the 2022 NBA Finals at TD Garden on June 08, 2022 in Boston, Massachusetts. The Boston Celtics won 116-100. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that by downloading and/or using this photograph, user accepts the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

Curry said after the match, however, that he would be “fine” and did not think he would miss a game. The timing of the injury matters with Game 4 on Friday. Game 4 is the first game in the series that doesn’t have two days off before it.

With the Celtics as heavy favorites, Jayson Tatum is the favorite to win the Finals MVP at +115. Tatum scored 26 points on 23 shooting Wednesday night and has scored 25-plus points in each of the last two games. Curry is +200 to win MVP despite his injury and the Warriors deficit and Jaylen Brown is +300 to win MVP.

It’s basically those three players or the bust for MVP too. No other player is better than +3000 to win the prize.

Who will be one win away from the Stanley Cup Final?

The New York Rangers and Tampa Bay Lightning face off in a huge Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Finals on Thursday night. The series is tied 2-2 and the Lightning come in as the favorite despite being on the road in Game 5.

Tampa Bay has -130 to win straight while Rangers has +110. If you want to take the Lightning to -1.5 goals, you can get Tampa to +200. Taking the Rangers +1.5 gives you -250 odds.

The Rangers took a 2-0 series lead after beating the Lightning 6-2, 3-2 at home. But Tampa has won its home games by a combined score of 7-3 as New York’s road form so far in the playoffs hasn’t been great.

New York has lost two games on the road in its three playoff series so far, then bounced back at home. If you think Rangers can continue this run on Thursday night, then you should be watching the underdogs.

RBC Canadian Open begins

While LIV Golf’s inaugural event grabbed headlines this week with its player signings, the PGA Tour is making its first visit to Canada since 2019 this weekend. Scottie Scheffler, Justin Thomas and Rory McIlroy are the favorites. Dustin Johnson was scheduled to take part in the tournament as RBC is his long-time sponsor. But Johnson opted to take a nine-figure salary from LIV Golf and was dropped by RBC.

Who cashed the tickets on Thursday?

Bettors were split on the Warriors and Celtics heading into Game 3 and those on the Celtics side were very happy after the 16-point win. The match also reached the most after the total was 212.5.

People who bet on the Angels hoping the team’s Nickelback songs would break the losing streak were also disappointed. The Red Sox handed Los Angeles their 14th straight loss.