The two best teams in the Association will go head-to-head in a seven-game series to decide the 2015 NBA champions when Steph Currey and the Golden State Warriors face LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers beginning on June 4th.
The series will tip-off with Game 1 at the ORACLE Arena in Oakland on June 4th with the home team Warriors as 5-12 favorites to win the NBA crown. The Cavs opened as 2-1 favorites to win the 7-game series.
The eight-day delay will help both teams to rest their stars and heel their wounds before beginning the battle for NBA supremacy begins.
NBA Finals Series Betting Moneyline Odds: Cavaliers +200 vs Warriors -240
2015 NBA Finals Schedule & TV Info:
- Game 1: Thu. June 4, Cleveland at Golden State, 9:00 PM , ABC
- Game 2: Sun. June 7, Cleveland at Golden State, 8:00 PM, ABC
- Game 3: Tue. June 9, Golden State at Cleveland, 9:00 PM, ABC
- Game 4: Thu. June 11, Golden State at Cleveland, 9:00 PM, ABC
- Game 5 *: Sun, June 14, Cleveland at Golden State, 8:00 PM, ABC
- Game 6 *: Tue, June 16, Golden State at Cleveland, 9:00 PM, ABC
- Game 7 *: Fri, June 19, Cleveland at Golden State 9:00 PM, ABC
* = if necessary
All times are Eastern
Cleveland Cavaliers’ Projected Starting Lineup:
- LeBron James, SF 6′ 8, 26.5 PPG, 10.1 RPG, 7.8 APG
- Timofey Mozgov, C 7′ 1, 9.6 PPG, 7.5 RPG, 0.6 APG
- Tristan Thompson, C 6′ 9, 7.5 PPG, 8.4 RPG, 0.6 APG
- Kyrie Irving, PG 6′ 3, 20.9 PPG, 3.8 RPG, 3.5 APG
- Iman Shumpert, SG 6′ 5, 9.8 PPG, 4.4 RPG, 0.6 APG
Golden State Warriors’ Game 5 Projected Starting Lineup:
- Draymond Green, SF 6-7, 14.4 PPG, 10.1 RPG
- Harrison Barnes, SF 6-8, 10.4 PPG, 5.2 RPG
- Andrew Bogut, C 7-0, 5.3.2 PPG, 8.2 3PG
- Stephen Curry, PG 6-3, 29.4 PPG, 5.1 RPG
- Klay Thompson, SG 6-7, 19.7 PPG, 4.2 RPG
Cleveland Cavaliers vs Golden State Warriors 7-Game Series Odds & Pick
The Cavaliers and Warriors played just twice during the regular season, splitting those two with the home team winning a game a piece while covering the spread at the same time. Both games went UNDER the game total.
These two first went head-to-head in the 2014-15 season on January 9th when the Warriors covered the 13.5-point spread as favorites and beat the Cavs 112-94 at the Oracle Arena. Shooting guard Klay Thompson scored 24 points, and point guard Steph Curry added 23 points and ten rebounds that night.
"It went exactly as I had hoped," Warriors coach Steve Kerr said of his team’s after that win. "More importantly, we really kind of found our game again."
Later on February 26th, the Cavaliers exacted their revenge by beating the Warriors by a score of 110-99 at the Quick Loans Arena. LeBron lead the Cavs with a gargantuan 42 points and 11 rebounds helping Cleveland cover the spread as 3-point home favorites.
”No matter what happens from here on out, to see what we’ve accomplished being a first-year team together that’s had different changes throughout the course of the season, that’s faced so many obstacles throughout the season – injuries here, transactions here, lineups here – it’s something we can be very proud of to this point,” James said.
The Cavaliers had the 8th best offense in the NBA during the regular season, averaging 103.1 points per game, 22.1 assists per game (10th) while shooting 45.8% from the field (8th). The team was led by shooting forward Lebron James (27.6 PPG, 10.4 RPG, 8.3 APG) and point guard Kyrie Irving (18.7 PPG, 3.3 RPG, 3.7 APG). The Cavs allowed 98.7 points per game (13th) and grabbed 43.0 rebounds per game (18th) during the regular season.
"I’m a guy who believes in unfinished business," Lebron James said after beating the Atlanta Hawks in four games.
This will be LeBron’s second crack at trying to help the Cavs win their first title. They got there in 2007 but were swept by San Antonio. The Warriors are seeking their first championship since 1975.
The Warriors are led by league MVP Steph Curry (29.4 PPG, 6.4 APG, 3.7 RPG) and shooting guard Klay Thompson (19.7 PPG, 4.7 APG, 3.9 RPG). The team averaged 110.0 points per game (1st), shot 47.8% from the field (1st), and put up 27.4 assists per game during the regular season. On the defensive end they allowed 99.9 points (15th) and got 44.7 rebounds per game (6th) per season.
“It’s special, I think, for everybody and the Bay Area to be proud of this accomplishment,” Curry told Yahoo Sports. “It was kind of a weird feeling to celebrate knowing we have four more wins to a championship. You want to be proud and you don’t want to take for granted how hard it is to get to this point. But we got four more to go.”
Golden State finished the season with a 65-75 straight up record, 47-34-1 against the spread 26-14-1 ATS at home, 21-20 ATS away from home, 43-28-1 ATS as a favorite, and 4-6 ATS as underdogs.
Cleveland had a 53-29 mark in the regular season, 40-42 against the spread, 21-20 ATS at home, 19-22 as visitors, 36-31 as favorites, and 4-11 ATS away from home.
Betting Pick To Win The 2015 NBA Playoff Finals: Warriors in six games.
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2015 NBA Finals Game 1 Opening Point Spread
- Cleveland Cavaliers +6
- Golden State Warriors -6
2015 NBA Finals Game 1 Opening Game Total (over/under)
- 204 points
Odds to Win The 2015 NBA Finals
- Cleveland Cavaliers 2/1 (+200)
- Golden State Warriors 5/12 (-240)
Odds to Win the 2015 NBA Playoffs MVP
- Stephen Curry (GSW) 10/23
- LeBron James (CLE) 2/1
- Klay Thompson (GSW) 11/1
- Kyrie Irving (CLE) 12/1
- Draymond Green (GSW) 16/1
- JR Smith (CLE) 75/1
- Tristan Thompson (CLE) 100/1
- Andrew Bogut (GSW) 100/1
- Harrison Barnes (GSW) 100/1
- Andre Iguodala (GSW) 100/1
- Timofey Mozgov (CLE) 200/1