Point: LeBron, Cavaliers Capable of Pulling Off Miracle vs. Warriors

Tuesday, May 29, 2018 2:32 PM UTC

Tuesday, May. 29, 2018 2:32 PM UTC

Eastern Conference champion Cleveland will meet Golden State in the NBA Finals starting Thursday. Can LeBron James and the Cavs really defy the odds and dethrone the defending NBA champs?

<h2 style="text-align:center"><a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/betting-odds/nba-basketball/cleveland-cavaliers-vs-golden-state-warriors-3475325/" title="Cavaliers vs. Warriors">NBA Finals: Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Golden State Warriors</a></h2><h2 style="text-align:center"><a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/betting-odds/nba-basketball/cleveland-cavaliers-vs-golden-state-warriors-3475325/" title="Cavaliers vs. Warriors">Game 1: Thursday, 9 p.m. ET (TV: ABC)</a></h2><p> </p><h2>Series Odds Are an Oddity</h2><p>A quick peek of the <a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/betting-odds/nba-basketball/" title="NBA Odds">NBA odds board</a> tells us that the Warriors are prohibitive favorites in the best-of-seven NBA Finals … and I do mean prohibitive. I watched the Warriors clinch the West while at my favorite local watering hole and the conversation around the bar immediately shifted to how heavily Golden State would be favored over the Cavaliers. The first educated guess came from my buddy Sean who tossed out -320, while the drunk sitting to my right slurred -140. I knew Sean’s guess was far closer but what I didn’t know was just how far off he was until someone checked their portable device and roared, “The books have the f**kin’ Warriors at -1000!” Say what?!</p><p>I then asked myself, if I was taking the action, what number would I have ascribed? The numbers get a lot more real when it could be your money that the bettors are looking to take. By the time I pondered this and within minutes, the sharps had already taken a bite of the underdog and the oddsmakers were suddenly dealing the Warriors at -850. Despite being lubricated by a few mai tais at the time, I will stand by my Monday night assessment and peg Golden State at -500, which would render a return on Cleveland at about +375. As of this Tuesday morning writing and in the sobering light of day, Golden State is still being hung at -850 which means I am able to get Cleveland at +650 in my <a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/picks/nba/" title="Free NBA Picks">NBA picks</a> at a premier online sportsbook such as <a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/Sportsbook/?v=4418&amp;book=5dimes" rel="nofollow" title="Top Rated Sportsbook">5Dimes</a>.</p><p>[/]{"component": "embedHTML", "code": "&lt;blockquote class=\"twitter-tweet\" data-lang=\"en\"&gt;&lt;p lang=\"en\" dir=\"ltr\"&gt;See you Thursday, &lt;a href=\"https://twitter.com/warriors?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\"&gt;@warriors&lt;/a&gt;. &lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;🗓️ &lt;a href=\"https://twitter.com/hashtag/NBAFinals?src=hash&amp;amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\"&gt;#NBAFinals&lt;/a&gt;: &lt;a href=\"https://twitter.com/hashtag/CavsWarriors?src=hash&amp;amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\"&gt;#CavsWarriors&lt;/a&gt;, Part IV.&lt;a href=\"https://twitter.com/hashtag/WhateverItTakes?src=hash&amp;amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\"&gt;#WhateverItTakes&lt;/a&gt; &lt;a href=\"https://t.co/NG5pR1HbWa\"&gt;pic.twitter.com/NG5pR1HbWa&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/p&gt;— Cleveland Cavaliers (@cavs) &lt;a href=\"https://twitter.com/cavs/status/1001305431489249280?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\"&gt;May 29, 2018&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/blockquote&gt;\n&lt;script async src=\"https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js\" charset=\"utf-8\"&gt;&lt;/script&gt;\n"}[/]</p><p>I am well aware of the gambling axiom that states <em>there is no value in losing</em> but we’re not talking about the Cleveland Cavaliers – we’re talking LeBron James. The man is not simply a generational talent. He is the greatest basketball player the world has ever known. If he does the unthinkable and carries his pedestrian teammates to a title, then there is no longer room for Michael Jordan in the discussion of the best player ever to grace the hardcourt. How many wins does this Cleveland team get in the regular season without King James? Would they even be in the playoffs as a No. 8 seed? Are they better than the 43-39 Washington Wizards, sans James? It’s debatable, which is why the Cavs are such overwhelming underdogs.</p><p>But here’s the thing. There are men and women who walk among us who can will their way to success. Case in point is a Louisiana-based televangelist who is beseeching his followers to donate $54 million so he can purchase a Dassault Falcon 7X that can fly anywhere in the world without the outrageous inconvenience of refueling, an indignity he suffered from his other three private planes. Trust me, the sheep in his flock (and I do mean sheep) will deliver. How about Donald Trump defeating Hillary Clinton at odds that were even greater than those in this series, or the Vegas Golden Knights battling for a Stanley Cup in their first season of business?</p><p>LeBron James sweats success and although my SBR colleague Doug Upstone will wax prosaic on all things Golden State and will advise betting the rent to get a free dinner, I think we’re all just a bit smarter than that. The Warriors are similar to those legendary thoroughbred horses that need a rabbit, an early speed horse with which to compete, in order to get the best trip to the finish possible. Without that challenge, oftentimes they beat themselves as they tend to coast without a horse breathing down their tail. Golden State is like that. They come out flat and explode in the second half.</p><p>The difference here is that LeBron James is not only a game-changing force of nature but may be playing the finest basketball of his storied career. Unlike in postseasons past, LeBron knows there is no one else to turn to and he is the first, second, and final option on any given play. Give me +650 and allow me the privilege of backing a legend? I’ll take it. Cavaliers in seven.</p><h2 style="text-align:center"><a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/picks/nba/counterpoint-breaking-news-warriors-favored-in-nba-finals/85409">Read why Doug Upstone is more than happy to stick to the facts.</a></h2>
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