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2017 NBA Finals Odds: Warriors vs Cavaliers Game 2
NBA Finals 2017 Game 2
In the history of this NBA Finals rivalry, game two may hold the honour of most unpredictable. In 2015, game two went into overtime tied 87-87 where the Cleveland Cavaliers outscored the Golden State Warriors 8-6 to win 95-93. Game two in 2016 played out completely different.
Golden State laid one of the biggest smackdowns in NBA Finals history, humiliating Cleveland 110-77. Sunday will be the third game two between these two teams and while it will be anything but predictable, using sound logic and statically reasoning will help us make smart predictions.
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|Cleveland||+8.5 (-110)||+315||o221.5 (-110)|
|Golden State||-8.5 (-110)||-405||u221.5 (-110)|
In game one of the 2017 NBA Finals, the Golden State Warriors proved to be the much superior team. Although one game is not enough to truly warrant a massive change, it did do enough to see the spread increase, the moneyline dip below -400 (though this may change as the line adjusts over the weekend) and the over/under decreased by 4.5 points.
Cavaliers at Warriors Predictions
After seeing Golden State pull away from Cleveland in the second half of game one and winning by 22 points – the line for game two increases by 1.5 to 8.5 (a 21.43% increase). The increase shows the odds makers’ confidence in Golden State at home and Cleveland’s inability on defense.
Game one in 2017 played out much like it did in 2016 – when the Warriors won by 15 at home. Game two in 2016 saw the Warriors dismantle the Cavaliers 110-77. Taking Golden State to win by 30 is a little farfetched, they certainly can cover 8.5 on Sunday night.
Until the series moves back to Cleveland for games three and four, the moneyline option is not very attractive for anyone who wants to pick Golden State.
The moneyline did shift from -430 to -405 – as the majority of early bets were on the Cavaliers – it has not moved enough to make Golden State a better bet than Cleveland. The best option here is to either wait for the line to get closer to -375 or to take King James and the Cavaliers at +300 or higher. This can also be a good hedge bet strategy for anyone taking Golden State at -8.5.
After seeing game one go under by 22 points, the line for game two is set at 4.5 points lower. The under was expected in game one and may once again be the better pick in game two.
Since the beginning of the 2015 regular season, Golden State and Cleveland have played 20 times – 6 regular season games and 14 more in the Finals. Only once in 20 games have the two times combined to score more than 221 points. Over those 20 games, the two teams have averaged a total of 201.1 points. As hard as it is not to pick the over, when these two offensive juggernauts faceoff, the statistics, and history say to take the under option.
Spread, moneylines and over/under may be the three pillars of sports event betting, they are not the only bets available on Sports Interaction for game two of the NBA Finals.
Some of these options include the margin of victory bets, alternative spreads, team totals and the first team to score a certain amount of points. While these options are a little more niche, they offer bettors a list of alternatives if none of the primary options sparks their interest. For the more confident and experienced bettors, the margin of victory bets offers high payouts.
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