Sports bettors in Massachusetts have an embarrassment of options entering the NHL and NBA playoff seasons. Both the Boston Bruins and Boston Celtics are priced as the favorites to win titles.
What do the “favorites” status of the Bruins and Celtics mean for Boston sports fans? You might be asking:
- Are the odds in my favor for the Bruins to win the Stanley Cup Finals?
- What are the odds and moneyline for the Celtics to win the NBA Finals?
- Should I bet on both the Celtics and Bruins to win championships in 2023?
Create your own parlay on Bruins, Celtics to win titles
Even if your Massachusetts sports betting platform is not offering a combo bet for the NBA and NHL championships, you may be able to build one yourself.
Odds from DraftKings:
- Celtics to win NBA Finals (+280)
- Bruins to win Stanley Cup Finals (+475)
Using our parlay calculator, odds on that two-leg parlay would be +2085. That means a winning $100 bet would pay a whopping $2,085.
Please note: Check with your sportsbook to see if it allows parlays with futures bets. Not all sportsbooks allow this.
DraftKings and FanDuel both allow bettors to make futures parlay bets. PointsBet, for instance, does not. (Although Massachusetts gamblers won’t even have PointsBet as an option.) If you want to sign up for DraftKings or FanDuel in Massachusetts right now, click Sign Up Now below.
Celtics and Bruins championship odds
Not since the 1970s have the Bruins and Celtics been so good that they are both favorites in their leagues. While a lot can happen in the playoffs, the Boston teams are poised to make deep runs in the postseason, and according to Massachusetts sportsbooks, both teams are good bets to hoist a trophy.
Odds for Bruins to Win Stanley Cup
- BetMGM MA: +500
- Caesars MA: +350
- FanDue MA: +500
Odds for Celtics to Win NBA Finals
- BetMGM: +300
- Caesars: +325
- FanDuel: +280
If you hop on the BetMGM NHL futures odds now, a winning $100 bet on the Bruins to win the title would pay $600, including your original stake. BetMGM also has the longest odds on the Celtics.
When online sports betting begins March 10 in Massachusetts, new customers can grab promotional offers, bonus bets, second chance bets, and no sweat first bets from various sportsbook apps.
By taking advantage of the best Massachusetts sportsbook promos, you can use the sportsbook’s money to fund bets on the Celtics and Bruins.
The Bruins are enjoying an historic season, on pace to possibly set a points record. Boston is +300 to win the NHL’s Eastern Conference, according to odds from BetMGM Massachusetts.
With deadline trade deals sending several superstars out west, the Eastern Conference in the NBA is the Celtics to lose: FanDuel prices them at +115 to come out of the conference to go to the NBA Finals.
Double Chip: When one city wins Stanley Cup, NBA Finals in the same year
No city has ever had a team win the NBA Finals and Stanley Cup Finals in the same calendar year.
Eight times since the NBA was founded in 1946, a city has sent a team to the championship round in basketball and hockey in the same year. But never has the “double chip” been accomplished.
- 1957: Boston Celtics won NBA Finals; Bruins lost Stanley Cup Finals
- 1958: Boston Celtics lost NBA Finals; Bruins lost Stanley Cup Finals
- 1972: New York Knicks lost NBA Finals; Rangers lost Stanley Cup Finals
- 1974: Boston Celtics won NBA Finals; Bruins lost Stanley Cup Finals
- 1980: Philadelphia 76ers lost Super Bowl; Flyers lost Stanley Cup Finals
- 1992: Chicago Bulls won NBA Finals; Blackhawks lost Stanley Cup Finals
- 1994: New York Knicks lost NBA Finals; Rangers won Stanley Cup Finals
- 2003: New Jersey Nets lost NBA Finals; Devils won Stanley Cup Finals
Why the Celtics can win the NBA Finals
Revenge. That’s the only word that matters. The Celtics were tripped up in the Finals last season. While this year they likely won’t face the Warriors again, the Celtics have a measure of conviction to make up for falling short in six games after squandering a 2-1 series lead.
According to Basketball Reference, the Celtics rank second in the NBA in SRS, a statistic that measures point differential and strength of schedule. The Cavaliers lead the league with an SRS of 5.51. Boston’s SRS is 5.48, with the next-closest figure being the Grizzlies’ 4.09.
The Celtics last won the NBA Finals in 2008.
Why the Bruins can win the Stanley Cup Finals
The Bruins are a dominant team on both ends of the ice, and in the net. They’ve lost eight games this season.
Yes, really. Eight losses. That’s it.
Boston has allowed 25 fewer goals than any other team in the NHL. It boasts the best penalty-killing team, and its save percentage, fueled by the amazing play of primary goaltender Linus Ullmark, is by far the top mark in the league.
The Bruins are healthy, talented, tough and built to win the tight, low-scoring games that inevitably occur in the long playoff season. They have the tenacity to grind their way to the 16 wins needed to earn Lord Stanley’s hardware.
The Bruins most recently won the Stanley Cup in 2011, but twice have been to the Finals since.If you or a loved one is experiencing problems with gambling, call 1-800-327-5050 or visit www.mahelpline.org/problemgambling to speak with a trained specialist for free, 24/7