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.