Teams who win Game 1 have gone on to win the NBA Finals 70% of the time. That leaves the Golden State Warriors as the smart bet to win their second NBA Title in three years unless the Cleveland Cavaliers can make the proper adjustments after losing on Thursday 113-91.
The early Game 2 NBA betting spread has the Warriors favored by 7-points before the series started. After last night’s embarassing showing from the Cavs that spread ballooned to 8.5-points. Tip-off is this Sunday, June 4th at 9:00 PM ET on ABC from ORACLE Arena in Oakland, California.
Cleveland Caveliers Vs Golden State Warriors Game 2 NBA Finals Spread & ATS Pick
What: 2017 NBA Finals
Who: Cleveland Cavaliers (12-2) at Golden State Warriors (13-0)
When: Sunday, June 4, 2017
Start Time: 9:00 PM ET
Where: Oakland, CA
Stadium: ORACLE Arena
Spread: Warriors -8.5
Moneyline: Cleveland +355 at Golden State -400
Stream: Watch ESPN
Listen: Cleveland vs Golden State
Why Bet The Cleveland Cavaliers To Beat The Warriors
The Cavs lost game 1. There is no reason to panic. Last year LeBron & Co. overcame a 3 game to 1 deficit to snatch the NBA Title from the Warriors fingertips. Lebron James is 1-7 in NBA Finals Game 1’s and has won 3 NBA Titles. He knows what it takes to win.
LeBron James is 1-7 in NBA Finals Game 1s in his career. pic.twitter.com/klDIKeEDi5
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) 2 de junio de 2017
James’ was two assists short of a triple-double with 28 points, 15 rebounds, and eight assists. His eight turnovers didn’t help, but he will continue to dominate on the scoreboard.
What else can the Cavaliers do to win Game 2?
First pick better shots and drain the open looks. The Cavaliers shot 34.9% from the field. That’s awful. That’s garbage. It can’t happen again.
Believeland’s Big Three had a big night. PG Kyrie Irving added 24 points, and PF Kevin Love scored 15 points and pulled down 21 rebounds. No other Cavalier showed up. The remaining nine who saw action put up a paltry 24 points. Their effort equaled mine and I was watching the game from my couch.
Another glaring hole in the Cavs Game 1 play was their defense. No one even attempted to slow down Kevin Durant. Moreover, they played defense as tough as the Washington Generals. The Cavaliers allowed the Warriors to pull down 14 offensive rebounds. That’s being lazy, but again, fixable.
Why Bet The Golden State Warriors To Beat The Cavaliers
Game 1 was the Kevin Durant show.
KD entered some elite company with his Game 1 performance. ? pic.twitter.com/mGffFLmLog
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) June 2, 2017
Durant, who is favored to win the NBA Finals MVP, put up a game-high 38 points. Each one a death by a thousand cuts. Throw in his take no prisioners attitude and the Cavs didn’t stand a chance.
PG Steph Curry added 28 points. He went 6-11 from three-point land. Even though Curry has taken more of a Robin role to Durant’s Batman on the scoreboard, he is the teams undisputed on-court leader.
The other duo of Golden State’s Big Four failed to score double digits. If either of the two show up in this series you can put a fork in Believeland.
If You Still Can’t Decide Who To Bet On:
- Warriors are 19-6-1 ATS in their last 26 games as a favorite.
- Warriors are 20-6-1 ATS in their last 27 games following a straight up win.
- Warriors are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games following an ATS win.
- Cavaliers are 7-2 ATS in their last 9 after allowing 100 points or more in their previous game.
- Cavaliers are 7-1-1 ATS in their last 9 road games vs. a team with a home winning % of greater than .600.
- Cavaliers are 7-1-1 ATS in their last 9 road games vs. a team with a winning home record.
Cleveland Vs Golden State Game 2 NBA Finals
Golden State can’t be stopped, Cleveland needs to keep pace for 45 minutes and then hope they can get a few stops and big shots down the strecth. I don’t see that happening. Bet the Warriors.