The 2015 NBA Finals tip-off tonight when Steph Curry and the Golden State Warriors host LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers with both teams and players hoping to make history.
The action begins tonight at the ORACLE Arena in Oakland, California, at 9 p.m. ET with the home town Warriors as 6-point NBA Finals game 1 betting favorites over the Cavs. Two-time NBA champion LeBron James, 30, leads his hometown Cavs and this year’s league MVP Stephen Curry, 27, is the Warriors’ star shooter with basketball running through his blood. Which team should you pick to bet on to win Game 1? The Cavs or Warriors?
Cleveland Cavaliers Vs Golden State Warriors NBA Finals Game 1 Odds & Pick
Matchup: Cleveland Cavaliers at Golden State Warriors
Date: June. 4, 2015
Start Time: 9:00 PM ET
Location: Oakland, CA
Stadium: ORACLE Arena
TV Info: ABC
Spread: Warriors -6
Game Total: 203.5
Stream: Watch ESPN
Radio:Cleveland vs Golden State
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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
The Cleveland Cavaliers started the playoffs by beating the Boston Celtics in four, then downed the Chicago Bulls in six, and then brought the broowms back out to sweep the Atlanta Hawks in the Eastern Conference finals to reach the NBA finals for the first time since 2007. The Cavs posted an 8-6 against the spread record in their playoffs run and are 4-1 ATS in their last five.
— NBA on ESPN (@ESPNNBA) June 2, 2015
Cleveland has been dealing with key injuries throughout the playoffs. First year Cavalier power forward Kevin Love is out for the remainder of the season and phenom point guard Kyrie Irving (18.7 PPG, 3.3 RPG, 3.7 APG) strugling with knee issues and missing two of the four games against the Hawks. But all of Cleveland has leaned on the best player in the NBA, Lebron James, who has led the team by averaging 27.6 points, along 10.4 rebounds and 8.3 assists per game. He has been supported with the discard by the Knicks shooting guard JR Smith (13.5 PPG, 4.9 RPG, 1.4 APG) who has been a dagger to opponents all post-season long. As a team, the Cavs have averaged 101.4 points per game, shooting 43.6% from the field, and 35.9% of the three points in the postseason. Cleveland, as a team, is allowing 92.6 points per game and pulling down 46.9 rebounds per game.
"I will guarantee that we will play our asses off," James said, talking about the Cavs’ upcoming trip to the NBA Finals. "I think we all here know how long it’s been since a champion has been in this city," James added. "I mean, you can try and not focus on it. You can try to say, OK, well, it’s not about that. But we all know it."
Tale of the Tape: Point Guard The matchup at PG features two multi-time All-Stars… oh, and the NBA MVP. pic.twitter.com/h8VjGAoaNc
— NBA on ESPN (@ESPNNBA) June 3, 2015
The Golden State Warriors are back in their first NBA Finals appearance since 1975 by beating the New Orleans Pelicans in four, the Memphis Grizzlies in six, and the Houston Rockets in five. The Warriors are 7-8 against the spread in this postseason run and have been favorites in all but one game in the postseason. They were also double-digit NBA betting favorites a staggering seven times this post-season.
All season long, Golden State has been led by league MVP Step Curry, who is torching opponents for 29.4 points per game in the playoffs. Throw in 4.7 rebounds per game, and 6.4 assists per game and there is no doubt he is the catalyst for all of the Warriors wins this season. But the reason Golden State has taken the league by storm is is shooting guard Klay Thompson who is putting up 19.7 PPG, 3.9 RPG, 2.9 APG per game during the playoffs. Throw in Draymond Green’s 14.4 PPG, 10.6 RPG and 5.4 APG and this team could be the next NBA dynasty if owner Joe Lacob can keep his Big-3 together. The Warriors offense averages 104.4 points per game so far in the playoffs, while shooting 46.4% from the field and 38.5% from three-point. They are allowing 96.7 points per game and grabbing 45.3 rebounds per game as a team.
— NBA on ESPN (@ESPNNBA) June 2, 2015
Golden State and Cleveland have split their last 20 head-to-head games with ten wins each, but the Warriors are 12-8 ATS in those games. This season they met twice with each team winning and covering the spread once a piece, each at on home-court. The last three games between Cavs and Warriors went UNDER the game total.
The Golden State Warriors are:
- 1-5 ATS in their last 6 Thursday games,
- 3-8 ATS in their last 11 home games,
- 5-11 ATS in their last 16 games following a SU win,
- 11-5 ATS in their last 16 games as a favorite of 5.0-10.5 points,
- 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games playing on 3 or more days rest,
- 3-8 ATS in their last 11 games as a home favorite and
- 20-8-2 ATS in their last 30 home games vs. a team with a winning road record.
The Cleveland Cavaliers are:
- 5-0 ATS in their last 5 Thursday games,
- 6-2 ATS in their last 8 road games vs. a team with a home winning % of greater than .600,
- 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games following a SU win,
- 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games as an underdog of 5.0-10.5 points,
- 3-7 ATS in their last 10 games following a ATS win,
- 5-2 ATS in their last 7 road games,
- and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall.