After both teams dominated their respective competition so far in the playoffs, we arrive at the NBA Finals with a rubber match between the Golden State Warriors and the defending NBA champion Cleveland Cavaliers.
The Warriors took the title in 2015, but LeBron and Co. came back in epic fashion to steal it last season as underdogs. Can this time around be just as exciting as the last two NBA Finals?
The Game 1 NBA betting spread favors the Warriors by 7-points over the Cavaliers. Tip-off is this Thursday, June 1st at 9:00 PM ET on ABC from the ORACLE Arena in Oakland, California.
The regular season series was split with the home team winning and covering the spread each time. However, the Warriors’ 35-point win in January was beyond impressive.
Cleveland Cavaliers Vs Golden State Warriors NBA Finals Game 1 Odds & Pick
What: 2017 NBA Finals
Who:Cleveland Cavaliers (12-1) at Golden State Warriors (12-0)
When: Thursday, June 1, 2017
Start Time: 9:00 PM ET
Where: Oakland, CA
Stadium: ORACLE Arena
Game 1 Spread: Warriors -7
Game 2 Spread: Warriors -7
Game 3 Spread: Cavs -2 in Cleveland
Game 1 Moneyline: Cleveland +270 at Golden State -330
Game 1 Total: 225.5
Stream: Watch ESPN
Listen: Cleveland vs Golden State
Why Bet The Cleveland Cavaliers To Beat The Warriors
The Cleveland Cavaliers have blasted through the competition in the NBA finals this year going 12-1 SU and 7-4-2 ATS. The Cavs averaged 116.8 points per game and allowed 103.2 points so far in the playoffs. Their undefeated streak was ended in surprise fashion in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference finals, as the Celtics stunned them with a last-second 3-pointer. It wasn’t enough. The Cavs finished the Celtics in five.
SF Lebron James looks the most dangerous he ever has. Can the Cavs repeat the excitement of bringing home back-to-back titles to Believeland? He is averaging 32.5 PPG and 8.0 RPG during the postseason. He destroyed the Warriors in the NBA Finals last season. In that series, he averaged 29.7 PPG, including monster back-to-back 41-point performances in Game 5 and 6. How can the Warriors stop such a force?
James needs his sidekick PG Kyrie Irving at his best. Irving is averaging 24.5 PPG and 5.5 dishes in the playoffs. PF Kevin Love completes the Big 3 and he has averaged 17.2 PPG and 10.3 boards.
The Cavaliers have averaged 41.9 rebounds and 22.1 assists per game this postseason. They have shot 50.2% from the field and 43.2% from three point land.
Why Bet The Golden State Warriors To Beat The Cavaliers
The Golden State Warriors are the second team in the Western Conference to cruise to the NBA Finals undefeated. They are 12-0 SU and 8-4 against the spread in the playoffs. They average 118.3 points per game and give up 102.0 points per game.
The only scare for the Warriors came in Game 1 of the NBA Western Conference Finals versus the Spurs. Then Kawhi Leonard went down with a sprained ankle and Golden State made up a 25-point deficit to win the first of the series. Then, they never looked back.
PG Steph Curry has been outstanding, averaging 28.6 PPG and 5.6 assists. After shooting a dismal 40% for an average of 22.6 PPG in last season’s NBA Finals, he has a shot at redemption. Will the addition of SF Kevin Durant slow down the Cleveland train? Durant is averaging 25.2 points per game and 7.8 rebounds during the playoffs.
The Warriors average 45.8 rebounds per game and 27.8 assists in the postseason. They have shot 50.2% from the field and 38.9% from beyond the arch.
If You Still Can’t Decide Who To Bet On:
- The Cavaliers are 4-1 ATS in the last five games against the Warriors
- The Cavaliers are 8-1-1 ATS in their last 10 games following a straight up win.
- The Cavaliers are 7-0-1 ATS in their last 8 road games.
- The Warriors are 18-7-1 ATS in their last 26 games as a favorite.
- The Warriors are 13-5-1 ATS in their last 19 games following an ATS win.
- The Warriors are 20-6-1 ATS in their last 27 games overall.
- Since 2005 teams favored at home with 4 or more days off are 83-52 ATS.
Cavs Vs Warriors NBA Finals Game 1 Pick
The Warriors have the more talented roster from top to bottom, but the Cavs boast arguably the world’s greatest player in LeBron James.
Last year, LeBron & co brought the Larry O’Brien Trophy to Believeland. In 2015, Irving and Love were hurt, giving the Warriors the title. This year Cleveland’s Big Three will face Golden State’s Big Four.
I am betting on the Warriors at -7 in Game 1.