BetAnySports’ NBA Finals Pick of the Week
Game 1- Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Golden State Warriors
BAS’ Current Line: Warriors are 5 1/2-point favorites and the total is sitting at 202 1/2.
The matchup for this season’s best-of-seven NBA Finals has been set and starting this Thursday night at the ORACLE Arena, the Eastern Conference Champion Cleveland Cavaliers will begin their quest for a world title as 5.5-point road underdogs against the Western Conference Champion Golden State Warriors. BetAnySports has set the betting odds for the total in Game 1 at 202.5.
The NBA betting odds for the series price in this showdown have the Cavaliers listed as +185 underdogs with Golden State set as a -225 favorite. If Cleveland is going to pull-off the upset it will need a healthy Kyrie Irving back in the lineup as well as the continued elevated play of LeBron James. He has done it all for the Cavaliers through their first three playoff series against Boston, Chicago and Atlanta with a team-high 27.6 points, 10.4 rebounds and 8.3 assists.
During this 14-game run, Cleveland went 12-2 straight-up, but just 8-6 against the spread. It has covered in four of its last five games including a 3-1 record ATS in a four-game sweep of the Hawks in the conference finals. The total has stayed UNDER in eight of the 14 games.
Golden State still has two players listed on its current injury report. Klay Thompson is listed as probable for Game 1 after suffering a concussion against Houston in the conference finals, but center Marreese Speights remains questionable after missing his last eight games with a bad calf. As long as league MVP Stephen Curry stays healthy his team should remain favored to win it all. He has led the way with 29.2 points per game and a team-high 6.4 assists. Curry has shot 43.7 percent from three-point range in the postseason.
The Warriors’ run to the Finals included series victories against New Orleans, Memphis and the Rockets while going 12-3 SU. Betting on Golden State in these playoffs has been a bit tricky with a 7-8 record ATS. It has failed to cover in five of its eight games played at home and the total has stayed UNDER in 11 of the 15 games overall.
Look for Golden State to draw first blood in this series with a SU win on Thursday night, but I am going with Cleveland in Game 1 to keep things close enough to cover with the 5.5 points on BetAnySports’ current betting odds.
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