How To Bet on the Celtics

If Massachusetts legalizes and launches sports betting, sports fans could have the opportunity to bet on the Boston Celtics before the 2023 NBA playoffs.

Check out the top sports betting apps and retail sportsbook locations for the best Celtics team odds.

Boston Celtics 2023 NBA Finals Odds at the Best Sportsbooks

SportsbookOdds To Win 2023 NBA Finals
DraftKings Massachusetts+550
BetMGM Massachusetts+550
Caesars Sportsbook Massachusetts+575

Where Can I Bet on the Celtics?

Should the time come for wagering on sports in Massachusetts, the state is likely to feature some brick-and-mortar betting options. This is in addition to the popular online sites and apps. 

Whether in-person or from the comfort of their preferred location, fans will be able to bet on every Celtics preseason, regular-season, playoff, and summer-league game. This includes spreads, moneylines, team props, individual props, and futures for players and teams.

Top Online Sportsbooks in Massachusetts

DraftKings Massachusetts

Not only is DraftKings one of the most popular online sportsbooks in the business, but it’s also based in Boston. It will no doubt get a license in Massachusetts when sports betting launches.

Plus, new customers get a free $50 bet and a $1,000 bonus. These offers can vary based on state and change after this writing is published. Check our review on DraftKings Sportsbook featuring the latest offers.

FanDuel Massachusetts

Similar to DraftKings, FanDuel offers the usual daily fantasy fare while also delivering a quality sportsbook experience. Newcomers get up to $1,000 on their first risk-free bet. FanDuel offers a more limited market, but its odds are competitive as noted with NBA futures for the outright winner.

PointsBet Massachusetts

PointsBet is one of the most recent additions to the online sports betting universe. The Australia-based site, which has teamed up with NBC Sports, offers PointsBetting in addition to the traditional wagers on professional and college sports.

PointsBetting gives bettors an option to choose higher or lower than a proposed team or player prop total. There is a higher risk in the bet if it doesn’t hit, but a bigger reward if it does.

For Celtics and NBA fans, this adds an exciting element to the traditional “fixed” odds and spreads that bettors have always relied on. It’s important to do some research and understand the concept, though, but it can provide a lot of fun. PointsBet features explanations next to their props on the site and app.

Top In-Person Massachusetts Sportsbooks

Encore Boston Harbor

In addition to on-site gaming options, the Harbor offers resort accommodations, five-star dining, and high-end shopping. With the addition of on-site sports wagering, the Encore Boston Harbor could be the premier destination for those looking for a true sportsbook experience. Wynn owns Encore, so expect WynnBET to come to Massachusetts, too.

MGM Springfield

Having the MGM name obviously lends to the credibility of the brand. It also helps that this resort casino is rather centrally located within the state. Epxect the BetMGM app to come to Massachusetts, too. 

Plainridge Park Casino

This casino is owned by Penn National Gaming, which has partnered with Barstool Sportsbook for its sports betting. So, again, we wouldn’t be shocked to see Barstool Sportsbook get a license in Massachusetts.

How To Bet on the Celtics in Massachusetts

For now, you can’t bet on the Celtics in Massachusetts because sports betting isn’t legal in the state. You can, however, drive to neighboring states and bet either in-person or online.

Sports betting will come to Massachusetts soon, though. So here’s a quick rundown of the process using DraftKings as an example:

  • Sign up by creating an account with a username, email, password, and promo code.
  • Make a deposit. A first-time user receives a $50 free bet and $1,000 deposit bonus.
  • Initial deposits for DraftKings Daily Fantasy and Sportsbook must be made separately. However, winnings from Daily Fantasy contests transfer over to your Sportsbook and overall balance.
  • For Sportsbook, click “Home” for live and upcoming odds, lines, etc.

Calculating NBA Odds

Betting on the NBA and WNBA is both popular and rather easy. There are three basic types when it comes to betting on the Celtics or any other team.

Point Spread Betting

This is when oddsmakers offer a calculated points difference between opposing teams. So, if the Celtics were hosting the Chicago Bulls, Boston might be an eight-point favorite (-8). This means they need to win the game by more than eight points for a winning bet.

Should the Bulls win the game, or lose by fewer than eight points (+8), then a bet for Chicago would win. A game ending with an eight-point differential results in the bet being void and the user getting their money back.

Over/Under

Also referred to as the “point total.”

A certain number of combined points scored between the two competing teams is determined by oddsmakers. Massachusetts bettors will then place money (by quarters, half, final) on whether the score is above or below the set total. If the final result ends on an even value that’s wagered on, it becomes null and the money is given back to the bettor.

Moneyline

This is based on the odds set for each team in a given game without any point spread. You simply bet on the team you think will win. Odds are determined from a variety of factors, such as location, injuries, head-to-head competition, and gambling trends.

Typical NBA Game Bets

  • Point Spread: Boston Celtics (-10) vs. Portland Trailblazers
  • Over/Under (Total Points): 210
  • Money Line: Boston (-170), Portland (+200)

Futures Bet

This is placing a wager, based on real-time odds, to win an event in the future. For example, the Celtics wee +600 (or 6-to-1) to win the 2022 NBA Finals on DraftKings. Future bets can also be made on division and conference titles.

Prop Bets

A prop bet is a wager made on a specific moment, performance, aspect, or individual within the game. Examples include:

  • Celtics Over/Under points for the first half
  • Jayson Tatum Over/Under 3-point field goals made
  • Jaylen Brown Over/Under total rebounds
  • Which team will score the first field goal? 

Prop bets add a little more excitement and interest to the betting dynamic. However, research needs to go into such waging, especially when considering individual player props.

Boston Celtics Partnerships

Though sports betting is not yet legal in Massachusetts, the Celtics are one of three NBA teams (Philadelphia 76ers and Indiana Pacers are the others) to sign multi-year partnerships with DraftKings. While the Sixers and Pacers deals cover both daily fantasy and sports wagering, the Celtics deal is only for fantasy sports.

Boston Celtics Betting Odds FAQs

Will Massachusetts sportsbooks offer bets on the Celtics?

Yes, but sports betting is not yet legal in Massachusetts. When it does become legal, you can be sure the Boston Celtics will be a hugely popular team to wager on in Massachusetts.

Will I be able to register/sign up for a sportsbook online in Massachusetts?

Most likely. Massachusetts could see sports betting as early as 2023. When sports betting becomes legal in the state, operators, such as DraftKings, will apply for licenses so residents can use their platforms to place bets.

Will I be able to bet on the NBA Finals in Massachusetts?

Eventually, yes. How soon you’re able to do that depends on when Massachusetts sports betting is legalized. Perhaps it could be in time for the 2023 NBA Finals, which the Boston Celtics have favorable odds to reach.

What will likely be the closest in-person sportsbook to TD Garden?

Encore Boston Harbor will likely be the closest in-person sportsbook to TD Garden. It’s just over 3 miles away from the arena. Encore is operated by Wynn, so this would be a WynnBET sportsbook.

Will DraftKings be legal in Massachusetts?

DraftKings will likely be legal in Massachusetts when sports betting is legalized in the state. Not only because it’s one of the most popular and successful sportsbook operators in the country, but also because it is based in Boston.

Will FanDuel be legal in Massachusetts?

FanDuel will most likely be legal in Massachusetts when sports betting becomes legal in the state. As one of the best sportsbooks in the US, FanDuel tends to launch in every state where sports betting is legal.

About the Author

Cyrus Eshaghoff

Cyrus Eshaghoff is a crazed sports and (responsible) betting fanatic. When it comes to his language proficiency, English is 1 and sports betting is 1A. Growing up in New York, Eshaghoff was naturally surrounded by Jets and Knicks fans. But if you ask him, his heart belongs to the Dallas Cowboys: America’s Team. The NFL and NBA are his favorite sports leagues to watch and discuss, but he also appreciates other leagues, including NCAA and UFC. Now that sports betting is legal in New York (and soon nationwide), he is truly doing what he loves, and will never have to work another day in his life.