NBA Finals Betting Preview

The Finals are finally here. Even if you’re a massive NBA fan, it’s been a lackluster year for playoff basketball. Ratings didn’t suffer, but it’s hard to argue that the Eastern and Western Conference Finals were even remotely in doubt for the Cavaliers or Warriors.

However, that’s all over now. We have a rematch of last year’s NBA Finals with the defending champion, Cleveland Cavaliers, taking on the Golden State Warriors.

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The Cavaliers

Cleveland faltered down the stretch in the regular season, eventually falling out of the top position in the Eastern Conference. The Celtics earned the top seed in the East after the Cavaliers fall. However, Cleveland still finished with a strong 51-31 record in the regular season.

To say they have played better in the postseason would be an understatement. The Cavaliers didn’t lose a single game until the Eastern Conference Finals. They swept the Pacers and Raptors and took care of Boston in just five games.

The Warriors

Golden State managed to win 67 games this year after losing in the Finals to Cleveland last June. The Cavaliers run in the postseason was impressive, but Golden State is still perfect in the playoffs.

They played several close games, but have yet to lose a game yet. They took care of Portland and Utah in the first two rounds, before beating the Spurs 4-0 after Kawhi Leonard got hurt in Game 1.

Betting Odds

The Finals begin at Oracle Arena in Oakland, CA on June 1. The Warriors have been installed as a 7-point favorite in Game 1. The total opened at 225 points but has moved to 225.5 at most sportsbooks.

Check back on Thursday for our betting preview and pick for Game 1 on our free picks page.

Series Price

As you can probably tell from Game 1’s odds, the Warriors are heavy favorites in this one and to get their revenge after losing in Game 7 last year to Cleveland.

Here are the odds at BetOnline (Full Review):

And Bovada (Full Review):

BetOnline offers the best price for the Cavaliers at +225 to win the title. At BetOnline, it makes sense to put your money down on the Warriors, where the price for them to win the series is -240.

Joseph Falchetti

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