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2017 NBA Finals Odds: Warriors vs Cavaliers Game 1
NBA Finals 2017 Game 1
After 1312 regular season games and three rounds of playoff action – the NBA Finals are finally here and ready to commence at Oracle Arena in Oakland on June 1 at 9:00 PM EST. This will be the first time in NBA history that the same teams play each other in three consecutive Finals. Because of this, the hype and excitement for this series are massive. This will be the third year that the Cleveland Cavaliers go on the road game one against the Golden State Warriors.
|Cleveland||+7.0 (-105)||+265||o226.0 (-110)|
|Golden State||-7.0 (-115)||-340||u226.0 (-110)|
Cavaliers at Warriors Predictions
The most popular betting odds for game one of the NBA Finals are above. As has been the case all season long, Golden State is a favourite at home, in a match that bookmakers expect will be high scoring. Before going into each of the three bets, there is an important piece of information to discuss. Since the over/under and spread are whole numbers, a push is possible.
However, if one push happens, the other cannot. If Golden State and Cleveland combined for 226 points, it is mathematically impossible for the Warriors to win by seven points. Now onto the three most popular betting options for game one of the NBA Finals.PREDICTION (+110) PLAY NOW
The spread for game one is set at -7 for the Golden State Warriors, making a push possible. In the 2016 Finals, Golden State would have gone 2-2 against a -7 spread at home and 2-1 against the same spread at home in 2015. Golden State lost each of the three games they did not cover a -7 spread at home. The spread may be the best bet for game one, but that will be touched later.
The moneyline on Cleveland is an attractive bet to make for Thursday’s game. Although Golden State won game one against Cleveland in both 2015 and 2016 by an average score of 11.5 points, this year has a different feel. In 2015, the Cavaliers were suffering through multiple critical injuries, which left them at a disadvantage through the entire Finals. In 2016 Cleveland went to the Finals with a rookie head coach and a less-rested LeBron James. This year the team has more experience, won games in Golden State and has a well-rested LeBron - who knows how important game one will be in this year’s Finals. Taking LeBron to lead Cleveland at +265 is a better pick for the payout.
The over/under of 226.0 is one of the more interesting and challenging lines to decipher this postseason. In 2015 none of the six Finals games between Cleveland and Golden State combined for more than 218 points and four of the six games ended with less than 200.
The 2016 Finals saw a bit more offense, but in seven games the highest score total was 226 and three games ended with less than 200. These numbers plus the potential slow start for both teams - as they work off some rust - makes the under the smart pick for game one.
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Golden State’s last game was nine games ago, which will lead to a considerable debate over rest or rust. Golden State has shown that after a long layoff the team often comes up sluggish and “rusty” in the first half. Now Golden State has shown it is fully capable of flipping the switch in the second half. Looking back at their first game against San Antonio in the Conference Finals, the Warriors were flat in the first half and trailed by 20 points at halftime. The Warriors would come out firing in the second half, outscoring San Antonio by 22 points to win 113-111. Taking +7 and -105 odds for Cleveland is the best pick and plays well into how this game predicts to play out.
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