Cleveland Vs Golden State NBA Finals Game 1 Expert Pick

Cleveland Vs Golden State NBA Finals Game 1 Expert Pick

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.

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
Watch: ESPN
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.

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Cleveland Vs Golden State NBA Finals 7-Game Series Free Pick

The Golden State Warriors bounced back from a 3 to 1 deficit to beat the Oklahoma City Thunder 4 to 3 on Monday, May 30, to take their second straight trip to the NBA Finals. Golden State faces their Eastern Conference nemesis, the Cleveland Cavaliers, in what some NBA fans are already calling a classic.

This will be a rematch of last year’s NBA finals which the Warriors won. The Las Vegas NBA oddsmakers are picking Golden State to beat the Cavs again. If the Warriors win the NBA Championship, they pay $100 on $210 while the Cavs will pay $180 on $100 if they win. The first game of the NBA Finals 7-Game Series takes place at Oracle Arena in Oakland, CA at 9:00 pm on June 2.

Golden State had been terrible in the Western Conference Championship when losing 3 out of the first 4 games. They bounced back brilliantly with big wins in Game 5, 6 and 7. The Warriors go into the NBA Finals with momentum. Cleveland has lost only 2 games during the entire playoffs. The Cavaliers have looked like the best team in the NBA during the 2016 post-season. 

A Closer Look at How To Bet The Cleveland Cavs Vs Golden State Warriors NBA Finals 7-Game Series

Cleveland has been close to unstoppable since the post-season started. The Cavs have not only won 12 out of 14 games, but they’ve also gone 9 and 5 against the spread in those 14 wins. The Warriors showed grit and determination after NBA MVP Steph Curry went down to injury in Round 1 of the NBA Playoffs. Once Curry came back, the Warriors got onto a roll. Golden State appears to be hitting their stride with the 3 straight up and ATS wins over the Thunder.

Why You Should Bet The Cleveland Cavs (+180) To Win The 2016 NBA Finals

The Cavaliers are healthy in this year’s NBA Finals. In last year’s NBA Finals both Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love were out. The Cavs, behind only LeBron James, still pushed the Warriors to 6 games. With a healthy, rested, sharp-shooting Cleveland team on the floor, Golden State could find itself playing catch up much like it did versus the Thunder.

Why You Should Bet The Golden State Warriors (-210) To Win The 2016 NBA Finals

The Splash Brothers are unstoppable. Both Steph Curry and Kyle Thompson are unstoppable. The brilliant Curry had 36 points, 5 rebounds and 8 assists versus the Thunder in Game 7. In Game 6, Thompson shone when scoring 41 points to lead the Warriors to a 108 to 101 elimination road game victory.

2016 NBA Finals Expert Pick & Final Score Prediction

This could be a classic NBA Finals. But at the end, I think that I have to go with the Cleveland Cavaliers. I almost called the upset over the Warriors with the Thunder. Golden State is just better than Oklahoma City.

I’m not sure if they’re better than Cleveland. The Cavaliers have length, like the Thunder had, but, more importantly, they have length from the three-point line. Channing Frye can hit threes as well as some of the guards while LeBron, Love and Tristan Thompson could dominate the paint against Golden State.

I’m not saying it’s going to be easy. I’m just saying that Cleveland has the three-point shooting, speed, length and defensive capabilities to beat the Warriors. I am picking the Cavs as the smart bet to win the 2016 NBA Finals.

My NBA Finals Betting Prediction is Cleveland Cavaliers in 6 games.

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Early 2016 Belmont Stakes Expert Picks

The early 2016 Belmont Stakes betting odds are out. After dominating the Preakness Stakes, Exaggerator has been set as the 12/10 favorite to win the Belmont, the Third Jewel of the Triple Crown, on June 11.

Exaggerator was brilliant closing over the mud, his preferred surface, to take down Nyquist, a horse that had dominated him in all of their previous head to head showdowns. Exaggerator could end up being a bigger favorite by post-time than his current 12/10 betting odds. Keep reading for more information on favorite Exaggerator as well as the current smart Belmont betting pick and current longshot picks.

A Closer Look At My Early 2016 Belmont Stakes Expert Picks

What: Belmont Stakes 2016
When: Saturday, June 11, 2016
Start Time: 5:45 PM ET  
Where: Elmont, N.Y.
Stadium: Belmont Park
Watch: NBC
Stream: NBC Sports Live Extra

The Favorite to Win the Belmont Stakes: Exaggerator 9/5

Save for a smidgen of bad luck in the Kentucky Derby, where jockey Kent Desormeaux had to stop Exaggerator’s momentum for just a second or two, the Preakness and Santa Anita Derby winner may have won the Run for the Roses. But, that’s horse racing. Exaggerator’s win the Preakness Stakes was breathtaking. He did benefit from an incredibly fast pace. Still, horseplayers should make no mistake. At this point, he appears to be the best horse of this three-year-old class.

One thing to keep in mind is that the Belmont Stakes will be Exaggerator’s sixth race of the year. It’s only a matter of time before he’s over the top, meaning that he’ll need a vacation soon. He might not be worth a bet at around 3/2 or less odds.  

The Smart Pick to Win the Belmont Stakes: Destin 6/1

This is Todd Pletcher’s modus operandi when it comes to the Belmont Stakes. He finished second in the Belmont with both Bluegrass Cat in 2006 and Stay Thirsty in 2011 by skipping the Preakness. Both of those horses didn’t run very well in the Kentucky Derby. That’s the same thing with Destin. Another horse that didn’t run well in the Kentucky Derby for Pletcher but went on to run well in the Belmont is Palace Malice in 2013. Palace Malice won the Belmont after skipping the Preakness and finishing 12 at Churchill Downs. Destin’s a talented horse that probably needed an extra prep in order to be ready for the Kentucky Derby. He actually looked like a possible winner at the top of the stretch but flattened out to finish 6th. That’s not bad. He’s got a big shot.   

The Longshot Bet to Win the Belmont Stakes: Lani 20/1

Looney Lani earned a reputation at Churchill Downs in the run-up to the Derby by being, shall we say, overly excited when he took to the track for morning workouts. The Churchill noted crew employed the euphemism “studdish,” since he certainly appeared more interested in breeding than breezing on several mornings. Some publicity photos were even photoshopped to remove the protruding evidence of Lani’s ardor.

Belmont Stakes Odds
Post/Horse Morning Line Odds
1. Governor Malibu 12-1
2. Destin 6-1
3. Cherry Wine 8-1
4. Suddenbreakingnews 10-1
5. Stradivari 5-1
6. Gettysburg 30-1
7. Seeking the Soul 30-1
8. Forever d’Oro 30-1
9. Trojan Nation 30-1
10. Lani 20-1
11. Exaggerator 9-5
12. Brody’s Cause 20-1
13. Creator 10-1