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NBA Finals: Warriors Big Favorites to Beat Cleveland

The NBA Finals

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This is the moment the Golden State Warriors have been waiting for. After blowing that 3-1 lead to the Cleveland Cavaliers in last year’s NBA Finals, the Warriors are back, and they’re better than ever; Golden State has opened as a 7-point home favorite for Thursday’s opener (9 PM ET, ABC), and the Dubs are –240 on the NBA championship futures market.

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Last year’s Warriors may have won 73 games, but they didn’t win the only game that counts: the last one. So they added Kevin Durant in free agency, giving them yet another league MVP to join Stephen Curry in the starting lineup. Durant is +220 and Curry is +230 to be named Finals MVP at the end of this series.

LeBron James is also +220 to win MVP, which would be his fourth award. Even though the Cavs are +200 underdogs to defend their title, James is easily the best player on his team – Kyrie Irving is his closest MVP competition at +1000. James has played at an exceptionally high level in these playoffs, too, putting up 32-8-7 per game while hitting 42.1% of his 3-pointers.

Team Records

Cleveland Cavaliers
Name Record Home Away ATS ATS Home ATS Away Offense Defense Diff
Overall 63-32 36-11 27-21 43-48-4 21-24-2 22-24-2 111.22 106.61 4.61
Last 10 9-1 3-1 6-0 6-2-2 2-2 4-0-2 117.30 100.80 16.50
vs Div 12-8 8-2 4-6 7-12-1 4-6 3-6-1 108.40 106.70 1.70
vs EAST 47-18 24-8 23-10 32-29-4 13-17-2 19-12-2 112.69 106.25 6.44
vs WEST 16-14 12-3 4-11 11-19 8-7 3-12 108.03 107.40 0.63
Golden State Warriors
Name Record Home Away ATS ATS Home ATS Away Offense Defense Diff
Overall 79-15 42-5 37-10 48-42-4 23-21-3 25-21-1 116.20 103.97 12.23
Last 10 10-0 4-0 6-0 7-3 1-3 6-0 118.90 103.40 15.50
vs Div 14-2 8-0 6-2 9-7 5-3 4-4 120.13 104.50 15.63
vs EAST 25-5 14-1 11-4 14-14-2 8-6-1 6-8-1 115.30 102.40 12.90
vs WEST 54-10 28-4 26-6 34-28-2 15-15-2 19-13 116.63 104.70 11.93

Supergrid

Title Stat Rank Stat Rank
Away Team Overall Scoring vs Home Team Overall Defense 111.22 4 103.97 11
Away Team Away Scoring vs Home Team Home Defense 109.52 4 102.49 10
Away Team Road Rebounds vs Home Team Home Rebounds Allowed 42.48 18 42.62 14
Home Team Overall Scoring vs Away Team Overall Defense 116.20 1 106.61 18
Home Team Home Scoring vs Away Team Road Defense 118.57 1 108.42 18
Home Team Home Rebounds vs Away Team Road Rebounds Allowed 45.74 6 44.81 21

Head To Head Summary

Team record ATS O/U AVG AVG ½ FG% REB 3PT steals
Cleveland 5-5 5-5 3-6-1 100.10 55.30 45.49 41.60 137/355 7.10
Golden State 5-5 5-5 3-6-1 106.50 50.00 43.97 42.20 84/258 8.90

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