The Golden State Warriors host the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 1 of the NBA Finals Best Of 7 series on Thursday, June 2. The game takes place at Oracle Arena in Oakland, CA. Tip-off is at 9:00 pm ET.
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Golden State hasn’t been all that great against the spread during the playoffs. The Warriors are 11 and 6. But in the Western Conference Finals they went 4 and 3 ATS. Cleveland has been awesome during the entire playoffs. They went 4 and 2 ATS versus the Raptors after going 3 and 1 ATS versus the Hawks.
How To Bet The Cleveland Cavs Vs Golden State Warriors NBA Finals Game 1 Odds & My Expert Pick
What: NBA Finals Game 1
Who: Cleveland Cavaliers at Golden State Warriors
When: Thursday, June 2, 2016
Start Time: 9:00 PM ET
Where: Oakland, CA
Stadium: ORACLE Arena
Spread: Warriors -5.5
Moneyline: Cleveland +210 vs Golden State -250
Game Total: 210
Stream: Watch ESPN
Listen: Cleveland vs Golden State
The NBA Finals betting odds favor Golden State by 5.5-points to beat the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 1. The Warriors finished off OKC by going 3 and 0 straight up and ATS in the final 3 games. Golden State has the momentum. But Cleveland has been an awesome road team. They dominated the Toronto Raptors 113 to 87 on the road as a -6.5 point favorite in Game 6 to win the Eastern Conference.
Why You Should Bet The Cleveland Cavaliers at +5.5 To Beat The Warriors
LeBron James, Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love have been road warriors during the playoffs. The three best players on the Cavaliers’ team have worked incredibly well together in the post-season. It’s led to a 5 and 2 road record. The Cavs had won 10 straight playoff games before dropping 2 to Toronto on the road in the Eastern Conference Finals. After those 2 losses, Cleveland went back to its road awesomeness with the Game 6 win.
Why You Should Bet The Golden State Warriors at -5.5 To Beat The Cavs
Golden State has the momentum going into Game 1. The Warriors looked dead in the water after the Thunder took a 3 to 1 Western Conference Championship lead in their last best of 7 series. All the Warriors did was beat OKC 120 to 111 in Game 5 as a -7 point favorite, beat the Thunder 108 to 101 in Game 6 on the road as a +3.5 point dog, and beat the Thunder 96 to 88 at home in Game 7 as a -7 point favorite. Golden State is feeling good going into Game 1 of the NBA Finals.
Expert Pick & Final Score Prediction
The Warriors may be feeling good about themselves, but they haven’t been all that great against the spread at home this season. Golden State is only 22 and 19 ATS at home.
Cleveland has some advantages over the Warriors. 4 out of Cleveland’s 5 starters, LeBron James, J.R. Smith, Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving, can bury the three-point shot. Big man Channing Frye can also shoot the three. What it means is that the Cavs can put a team on the floor that could really spread out the defense. It’s going to be difficult for any defender to guard Irving, Love or LeBron one on one.
That could be the difference in Game 1. As crazy as it sounds, the Cavaliers have more scorers on their squad than the Warriors do. That could lead to Cleveland simply outscoring Golden State in an up and down Game 1. I like the Cavs to pull off the upset.
My final score prediction is Cleveland 118, Golden State 113.