The NBA Finals Contenders Not A Surprise, But Will Odds Shock Bettors?

Friday, May 26, 2017 3:00 PM UTC

Friday, May. 26, 2017 3:00 PM UTC

We’ve been waiting for this all season long: The Cleveland Cavaliers will meet the Golden State Warriors in the NBA Finals. Who belongs in our basketball picks?

<p>So much for the Boston Celtics. They were on the wrong end of a historic beating Thursday night, losing 135-102 to the Cleveland Cavaliers (–9.5 away) in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Finals. The Cavaliers set a team playoff record with 43 points in the first quarter, and LeBron James finished the day with 35 points to break Michael Jordan’s record for career playoff points.<br /><br />Frankly, we’re happy to get out of that series at 2-3 ATS after <a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/picks/nba/nba-picks-game-5-eastern-conference-finals-cavaliers-vs-celtics/79821" title="Game 5 Eastern Conference Finals - Cavaliers vs Celtics">recommending Boston in every game</a>. The Cavs looked vulnerable in Games 3 and 4, but apparently, that’s because James came down with some kind of virus. He looks fine now. James also has another week to prepare for <a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/betting-odds/nba-basketball/cleveland-cavaliers-vs-golden-state-warriors-3206762/" title="Shop Live Odds For Cavs-Warriors Game 1">Game 1 of the NBA Finals</a> on June 1 (9:00 p.m. ET, ABC), and he’ll need it, because his next opponents are one of the greatest teams of all-time.<br /> </p><h2><strong>The Men Who Stare at</strong><strong> GOATs</strong></h2><p>We’re talking about the Golden State Warriors, of course. They’ve already opened as 7-point home favorites on the <a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/betting-odds/nba-basketball/" title="Know The Best Odds By Using SBR">NBA odds board</a> for Game 1 in Oakland, and once again, the math doesn’t look good for the Cavs; FiveThirtyEight projects Golden State as a 10-point chalk and has the Dubs winning the title 90 percent of the time.<br /><br />The usual caveat applies here: Cleveland has played at a much higher level during these playoffs. But this isn’t the Celtics (+2.7 point differential), or the Toronto Raptors (+4.2), or the Indiana Pacers (–0.2). This is the Golden State Warriors (+11.6). This is Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant, Draymond Green, Klay Thompson, Andre Iguodala... I could go on.</p><p>[/]{"component": "embedHTML", "code": "&lt;blockquote class=\"twitter-tweet\" data-lang=\"en\"&gt;&lt;p lang=\"en\" dir=\"ltr\"&gt;It wouldn't surprise me if the warriors beat the cavs in 4 or 5 games 🤷🏾‍♂️&lt;/p&gt;— Damarious Randall (@RandallTime) &lt;a href=\"https://twitter.com/RandallTime/status/867221755164860416\"&gt;May 24, 2017&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/blockquote&gt;\n&lt;script async src=\"//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js\" charset=\"utf-8\"&gt;&lt;/script&gt;"}[/]</p><p>Instead, here’s a quick rundown of teams throughout the rich history of the NBA who have played at the level Golden State has this year:</p><p><br />1971-72 Los Angeles Lakers (+12.3)<br />1970-71 Milwaukee Bucks (+12.3)<br />1995-96 Chicago Bulls (+12.2)<br /><br />That’s it. All three of those teams won the championship, by the way. Oh, and did I mention <a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/picks/nba/futures-market-points-way-to-nba-finals/79843" title="Futures Market Points Way to NBA Finals">the Warriors</a> are 16-0 SU and 8-4 ATS in the postseason with a +16.3 point differential? Of course, we’re going to put them in our <a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/picks/nba/" title="Check Out Other NBA Picks At SBR">NBA picks</a> to win the series; we’ll almost certainly recommend them for Game 1, as well, but that’s another story for another day.<br /><br /> </p><h2 style="text-align:center"><strong>Free NBA Pick:</strong> Warriors -250</h2><h2 style="text-align:center"><strong>Best Line Offered:</strong> <a href="http://www.sportsbookreview.com/Sportsbook/?v=4430&amp;book=Intertops" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Bet Only With The Best">at Intertops</a></h2>
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