2017 NBA Finals Will Be a Rubber Match Between East’s Cavaliers, West’s Warriors
We almost saw a little history made in the 2017 NBA Playoffs with two sweeps in the NBA Conference Finals round after the Warriors bounced the Spurs in four games and LeBron James and the defending champion-Cavaliers took 5 games to send the Celtics packing after rolling to an easy win (and ATS cover) in Game 5 on Thursday night, 135-102 after storming to an intimidating 69-49 halftime lead (CLE -11, 215, Bovada) behind 20 points from King James of Akron who will be making his 7th straight NBA Finals appearance. And days before Game 5 even tipped off in Beantown, cutting-edge sportsbook and line-originator BetCRIS had a Point Spread (and Total) posted (GSW -7, 225½, GSW -320 M/L, CAVS +260, BookMaker) for a theoretical (and now real) NBA Finals Game 1 hosted by Golden State (67-15, 36-5 at Home) against the reigning champion Cavaliers (51-31, 20-21 on Road) this coming Thursday, June 1 in Oakland (ABC, 9 pm ET) in a high-profile series between the two clear-cut best teams (and players in James and Stephen Curry).
Offshore sportsbook 5Dimes has live lines for NBA Game 2 on Sunday, June 4 (GSW -7, 225; -320 M/L) and Game 3 in Cleveland, (CLE -2, 225, CLE -135 M/L, 5Dimes) as well as numbers for the 2017 NBA Finals MVP award which will see a number of the league’s best players and future Hall of Famers battling it out in Ali-Frazier III.
Here are the current NBA Finals series odds from BookMaker as well as fresh NBA Finals MVP odds from 5Dimes:
Odds to Win 2016/2017 NBA Finals (Series Price)—(May 25, BookMaker)
Golden State Warriors -280 vs. Cleveland Cavaliers +230
2017 NBA Finals Player vs. “Field” MVP Winner Odds—(May 25, 5Dimes)
Stephen Curry Wins MVP +185 vs. Field Wins MVP -265
Kevin Durant Wins MVP +185 vs. Field Wins MVP -265
LeBron James Wins MVP vs. Field Wins MVP -335
Draymond Green Wins MVP +675 vs. Field Wins MVP -1425
Kyrie Irving Wins MVP +1350 vs. Field Wins MVP -3250
Easy Overs on the Hardwood Horizon? These Two Teams May Be Too Tired To Play Lockdown Defense Entire Series
So we will witness our third straight meeting between Curry and his Warriors and LeBron James and the Cavaliers with Golden State earning the maximum number of days of precious Rest after back-to-back-to-back sweeps of the Trail Blazers, Jazz, and Spurs—in which the Dubs (W3 ATS) scored at least 100 points in every game and went 8-4 ATS—but reportedly still without Head Coach Steve Kerr who continues to fight his nasty Back issues and the complications, meaning former Cavs head man Mike Brown will steer the ship. Cleveland (44-47-4 ATS) may have less Rest heading in, but still only lost once after sweeping the Pacers and Raptors then eliminating Avery Bradley and the upstart but still young Celtics.
Although living legend James (32.3 ppg, 8.0 rpg 2017 Postseason), the red-hot Kyrie Irving (24.6 ppg in Playoffs), the perpetually underrated Kevin Love (17.3 ppg, 10.3 rpg, 47.9% 3-pt. FG 2017 Postseason), Tristan Thompson (9.5 ppg, 9.7 rpg in 2017 Postseason) and the Cavaliers (7-5-1 ATS Postseason) are 16-1 SU L17 in the Postseason dating back to last season when they rallied from a 3-1 deficit to topple these Warriors in the 2016 NBA Finals, Golden State (49-44-1 ATS) possesses three of the best pure shooters in NBA history (Curry, Durant, Klay Thompson) and one the hardest workers in the paint (Draymond Green) and seem to have a stronger Bench (Iguodala, Livingston, West, Clark) than does older Cleveland (Korver, Deron Williams, Frye, Shumpert) which saw Love, Irving and Deron Williams all showing signs of nagging hurts in their Game 4 win in Boston on Monday.
Despite all the Rest, it will be the month of June when this NBA Finals finnaly tips off and both teams have to be a little bit tired—both Physically and Mentally—meaning extra energy for Defense in the 2nd Halves may not be there, potentially leading to some Overs. Cavaliers Overs are 8-4 this NBA Playoffs while Golden State Overs are 9-3, including 5 straight. And with the Dubs holding the Home-court advantage and adding Durant, winning at Oracle Arena in Oakland will be hard for the Cavaliers and where last year’s Game 1 between these two opened at 6, BetCRIS posted a Warriors -7½ -115 line before Love (33/1 to win NBA Finals MVP, Betway) and Cleveland even wrapped up its Eastern Conference Finals series with Boston, so oddsmakers may see the cumulative human edge Golden State has (Game 1 Offshore Odds: GSW -7½, 225, BetCRIS). Remember how good we all thought this team was in 2015 and 2016? With Durant (25.2 ppg) onboard and hungry for his first NBA title, a sweep is not out of the question with possibly Game 3 at Cleveland's Quicken Loans Arena being the only thing between the Warriors and a little history with the first perfect 16-0 run through the NBA Playoffs.
NBA FINALS FINALS GAME 1 PICKS: Warriors -7 (BetCRIS), Over 225 (JustBet)
NBA FINALS SERIES PICK: Warriors -280 (BookMaker)
NBA FINALS PROPS BET PICK: Warriors in 4 games