NBA Finals Game 6 Odds & Trends: Referee David Guthrie’s History Favors Celtics Over Warriors on Thursday (June 16)

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David Guthrie may not have the same level of name recognition as Scott Foster, but the NBA official working Game 6 of the NBA Finals on Thursday night still has his fair share of notable betting trends.

Guthrie is the lead official between the Golden State Warriors and Boston Celtics and will be joined by Zach Zarba and John Goble. If history is any indication, that's good news for the Celtics.

According to Action Labs data, when Guthrie is listed as the lead official in the playoffs, the betting favorite is 43-17 straight up (71.7 percent) and 38-20-2 against the spread (65.5 percent) since 2018.

Of the 55 officials who've worked as the lead official in postseason play, Guthrie is the most profitable referee for favorites. A $100 bettor would be up $1,568 backing favorites when Guthrie officiates.

The Celtics are the consensus favorite on Thursday as they look to even the series and force a Game 7. Boston is either a 4- or 3.5-point favorite depending on the sportsbook. Shop for real-time odds here.

Guthrie is familiar with Boston this season. Thursday will mark the 10th time this year he has been the lead official for a Celtics game. Boston is 7-2 straight up in the previous nine games and have covered the spread in all nine games.

Boston isn't just covering in Guthrie's games; they're destroying the point spread. The Celtics have covered by an average of 17 points per game with Guthrie in charge of the game.

After getting out to a 2-1 series lead, the Celtics have dropped the last two games each by 10 points. The total has stayed under in three of the five games this series.

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