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Cavs Vs Warriors NBA Finals Game 1 Odds & Pick

Cavs Vs Warriors NBA Finals Game 1 Odds & Pick

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
Watch: ABC
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.

Betting on the Preakness Newcomers

Betting on the Preakness Newcomers

While betting on the Kentucky Derby winner is the most popular bet in the Preakness Stakes, newcomers who were absent from the Derby have more than made their mark in recent years. None have won, but is there a Preakness noob this year that you should bet on?

2017 Preakness Stakes Morning Line Odds

PP Horse Morning Line Odds
1 Multiplier 30-1
2 Cloud Computing 12-1
3 Hence 20-1
4 Always Dreaming 4-5
5 Classic Empire 3-1
6 Gunnevera 15-1
7 Term of Art 30-1
8 Senior Investment 30-1
9 Lookin at Lee 10-1
10 Conquest Mo Money 15-1

Just last year, Preakness newcomer, Cherry Wine finished second behind 3/1 pick Exaggerator and in front of Derby winner and third-place finisher Nyquist (3/5) while offering a huge return as a 17/1 pick.

Here’s a look at the top 2017 newcomers that you can bet on to win the Preakness Stakes.

What: 2017 Preakness Stakes
When: May 20, 2017
Post Time: 6:45 PM ET
Where: Baltimore, Maryland
Track: Pimlico Race Course
Watch: NBC
Stream: NBC Sports Live

2-Cloud Computing 12/1

Cloud computing has the fewest starts of any horse in the Preakness field, but he’s finished in the money in each of his three starts, most recently finishing third in the Wood Memorial. Four-time Eclipse Award-winning jockey Javier Castellano will ride Cloud computing, so he could have a chance!

10-Conquest Mo Money 15/1

Believe it or not, Conquest Mo Money was purchased for a measly $8,500 in November., but he has the look of a newcomer that could do some real damage at Pimlico after recording three wins and a pair of second-place finishes in five starts this year. Jockey Jorge Carreno will ride Conquest Mo Money in the Preakness for owner Miguel L. Hernandez. Carreno has recorded 19 wins, 14-second place finishes and 18 third place finishes in 149 starts this year.

1-Multiplier 30/1

Multiplier will be running the Preakness from the rail but he could have a better shot to pull off the upset than you think after finding the winner’s circle twice in four starts this year. More importantly, Multiplier has gotten better with each successive race and comes into the Preakness off of consecutive wins in his third Maiden Special Weight race in March before bagging the Illinois Derby win in April.

8-Senior Investment 30/1

Senior Investment will run the Preakness out of post No. 8 and looks like he’s capable of pulling off something of an upset after winning twice in four starts this year. Senior Investment finished seventh in an Allowance Optional Claiming in January but bounced back to win his second Allowance Optional Claiming less than a month later. Senior Investment comes into the Preakness off a nice win in the Lexington Stakes in April.

7-Term of Art 30/1

Analysis: Term of Art will run the Preakness out of post No. 7, but he’s also the only mount that looks like he doesn’t have a real shot at winning the Preakness Stakes after finishing in the money just once in four starts this year. Term of Art got his year started off by finishing fifth at the Sham Stakes in January before finishing fourth at the Robert B. Lewis Stakes one month later. The thoroughbred also finished third in the San Felipe Stakes in March and comes into the Preakness off an uninspiring seventh place finish in the Santa Anita Derby in April.

Betting On Derby Runners To Win The Preakness

Is There A Derby Runner That Can Win The Preakness

10 of the last 20 Kentucky Derby winners have gone on to win the Preakness Stakes!

Can Triple Crown hopeful Always Dreaming win the 2017 Preakness Stakes? Or is there another Kentucky Derby runner you should back in the this weekend’s big race? Keep reading to find out.

Betting On Derby Runners To Win The Preakness

What: 2017 Preakness Stakes
When: May 20, 2017
Post Time: 6:45 PM ET
Where: Baltimore, Maryland
Track: Pimlico Race Course
Watch: NBC
Stream: NBC Sports Live

Five of the 20 horses that competed in the Kentucky Derby will be in this year’s Preakness Stakes. However, it should be known that Las Vegas oddsmakers have installed four of those thoroughbreds as the top four favorites to win the Preakness.

Horse Kentucky Derby ML Odds Preakness Stakes ML Odds

Always Dreaming

5-1

4-5

Classic Empire

6-1

3-1

Gunnevera

6-1

15-1

Hence

12-1

20-1

Lookin at Lee

20-1

10-1

Derby winner Always Dreaming is favored again, although his odds are much shorter this time around at almost even money. Always Dreaming will run the Preakness out of the fourth post. After being at 6/1 pick at the derby, No. 2 fave Classic Empire is a 3/1 second favorite out of the fifth post at the Preakness  after finishing fourth in Kentucky.

Gunnevera, was a 6/1 co-favorite at the Kentucky Derby but is now a 15/1 longer shot out of the sixth post at the Preakness after finishing seventh. Hence was a 12/1 pick to win the derby and is now has slightly longer odds as a 20/1 pick at Pimlico out of post No. 3.

Lookin at Lee was a middle-of-pack kind of pick at the Kentucky Derby at a robust 20/1 but is now one of the top favorites to win the Preakness at 10/1 despite starting on the outside out of the ninth post.

Clearly, the Las Vegas oddsmakers aren’t worried about any of the top four favorites suffering from fatigue between the short, two-week break between the first two legs of the Triple Crown. However, if you like the thoroughbreds that will enter the Preakness a lot fresher than the five horses that raced in the Derby and will double up at Pimlico, then there are a bunch of good choices. Happy hunting!

2017 Preakness Stakes Morning Line Odds

PP Horse Morning Line Odds
1 Multiplier 30-1
2 Cloud Computing 12-1
3 Hence 20-1
4 Always Dreaming 4-5
5 Classic Empire 3-1
6 Gunnevera 15-1
7 Term of Art 30-1
8 Senior Investment 30-1
9 Lookin at Lee 10-1
10 Conquest Mo Money 15-1