Warriors favored over LeBron and Cavaliers in the finals

May 29, 2017, 04:18

With the championship score deadlocked at one win apiece, this match third consecutive matchup between LeBron James and Co. and Steph Curry and Co. will be littered with legacy affecting storylines. Still, they beat the Cavaliers in Cleveland the next game before falling easily in Games 4 and 5. That was illustrated in a league-best 67-victory season by the Warriors leading the National Basketball Association in offensive efficiency and finishing second in defensive efficiency.

After showering each other with water to celebrate the victory Thursday, most players didn't want to talk about Game 1, which was seven days away. The bookmakers usually guard themselves against the public teams and the clear favorites, willingly providing extra value to the underdog sides and it generally translates to payout. It's one more team that you probably would've thought would've been a contender.

After a good 2014/15 NBA Playoffs that saw the underdog cash in on 56.4 percent of the bets, the last two seasons were near disastrous.

The NBA limits salaries for individual players, meaning an already-stacked Warriors team could only offer as much money for Kevin Durant as any other team that doesn't have a shot at winning a title. It's insane to think that next season the Celtics first overall pick in the draft will be set to make more money ($7 million) than an All-NBA second team player like Thomas. "Their thing is just about being patient, letting the body heal on its own and then we go from there".

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A $100 bet on the Warriors would win $38.46; the same bet on the Cavaliers would win $220.

That the Warriors blew a 3-1 lead in last season's Finals has to burn on a daily basis. To complete a "Big Four", there's no way to discount the output of Draymond Green who is averaging 13.9 points, 8.7 rebounds and 7.2 assists per game. Not too surprisingly, the LA Clippers are among the most disappointing performers this postseason, going 2-5 ATS in that turbulent series with the Utah Jazz.

The Cavs lost just one game in their romp through the East, going 12-1 - including winning three games on Boston's home court to knock out the No. 1-seeded Celtics.

"We have a great team we're playing against, first time in history it's been the same teams three years in a row".

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Both teams have made it to that point, and if Green's comments are any indication, it should prove to be a fiery, exciting series. The Heat had to go through the Celtics of Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen in the 2011 conference semis and in an epic 2012 finals that went the distance with the Heat needing to win Game 6 (the "LeBron Game") in Boston to force a seventh game. "But we did something, and then they come back, they'll do something". Cleveland won by one point on Christmas Day and Golden State prevailed by 35 points on January 16. That's the story as the Cleveland Cavaliers vs.

"Honestly, I don't really care who we play", Lacob said, per The Mercury News, after the Warriors swept the Spurs. Still, it might have a role in books' spreads for the Finals.

The debate on whether Cleveland Cavaliers superstar LeBron James has surpassed or can surpass Michael Jordan has been a button topic ever since the Cavs came back from a 3-1 deficit to win the NBA Championship.

Last time around, the books kept it close.

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James zipped right by Jordan's 5,987 career playoff points Thursday in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference finals. So it makes it even more hard. Unfortunately, this narrows the betting opportunities by quite a lot, but we still have the over/under market to make a profit.

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