Finals NBA Odds Update: Warriors, Cavaliers Shortening

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Sunday, May 14, 2017 8:00 PM GMT

The Warriors and Cavaliers topped the NBA finals futures market all year. Following its acquisition of former MVP Kevin Durant, oddsmakers made Golden State -125 favorites last July, while offering reigning champ Cleveland at +400. Those prices have shortened with Conference Finals looming.

NBA playoff action returns Sunday with the Golden State Warriors and San Antonio Spurs tipping off in Game 1 of the Western Conference finals. The Dubs are heavy favorites to win the opener and overall series after sweeping the Trail Blazers and Jazz through the first two rounds.

On Monday, the Washington Wizards and Boston Celtics clash in the second Game 7 of the 2017 postseason for the right to play the Cleveland Cavaliers as the top team in the Eastern Conference. Like the Warriors, LeBron James and crew are a perfect 8-0 in the playoffs, breaking out the brooms against the Pacers and Raptors.

The two unbeaten runs are helping make the Warriors and Cavaliers heavy favorites to win the NBA Finals. Moreover, the two are -400 odds at top-rated online sportsbook 5Dimes to meet for the title.

It’s hard to wager against the Warriors or Cavaliers not winning it all at this point. Despite Cleveland showing vulnerability entering the playoffs, going .500 to close out the regular season since the All-Star break, playoff-LeBron is in full force. The Warriors, meanwhile, recorded the fourth best average margin of victory of any team in NBA history. The title is theirs to lose.

Bettors may find more value in the NBA Finals Matchup futures market with the prospect that either the Cavaliers or Warriors do not advance. Here are the prices at 5Dimes.

Cavaliers vs. Warriors -400

Celtics vs. Warriors +721

Cavaliers vs. Spurs +867

Wizards vs. Warriors +1940

Celtics vs. Spurs +6050

Wizards vs. Spurs +152000

The Celtics are 4.5-point favorites for Monday night’s finale against the Wizards. The home team coming off a Game 6 loss has had a huge advantage in this spot historically. Our best advice is to fade the Wizards and bet against a Cavaliers-Warriors final at a way-too-inflated price.