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Cavaliers vs. Warriors NBA Finals Odds & Predictions (Game 1) 05/31/18

Posted by: Anthony Yaylor

As so many NBA sports betting players predicted, we’ve got the Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Golden State Warriors matchup for the NBA Finals. This is the 4th consecutive NBA Finals that we’ve seen this matchup. Some of us are starting to get bored of the same pairing. Luckily, both of these teams came close to being eliminated. Hopefully next year we’ll get a more diverse finals pairing. Let’s take a gander at what kind of turnout the NBA parlay odds are predicting for Game 1 of these Finals.

Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Golden State Warriors – Thursday, May 31st  

Series: Game 1

When: 9:00 pm ET

Where: Oracle Arena, Oakland, California

TV: ABC

Stream: ABC Sports, NBA League Pass

NBA Sports Betting Odds:

Team SP/RL TOTAL ML
Cavaliers +12½ (-110) 214½ (-110) +650
Warriors -12½ (-110) 214½ (-110) -1000
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Cleveland Cavaliers

The Cavs are pegged as a heavy underdog and for all the right reasons. Cleveland has struggled tremendously to upend the Warriors in Golden State. The below listed betting trends perfectly display how much the Cavs have struggled on the road against the Warriors. Even if their starting 5 deliver All-Star performances this evening, Cleveland is still likely to come up on the losing end. Ultimately the Cavaliers do not have the offensive weapons to keep up with Golden State’s fierce offense.

Players to Watch: LeBron James (34.0 ppg, 9.2 rpg, 8.8 apg), Kevin Love (13.9 ppg, 10.0 rpg, 1.6 apg), and Kyle Korver (9.8 ppg, 2.5 rpg, 0.9 apg).

Golden State Warriors  

The pressure will be on the Warriors to perform this evening. All things considered, Golden State shouldn’t have any problems delivering a beating this evening. Ultimately the Warriors were helped out by Chris Paul’s injury that assured they would make the NBA Finals. However, the way they performed in Game 7 has certainly reignited this team’s momentum. And playing at home tonight, the Warriors will likely be running on all cylinders.

Players to Watch: Kevin Durant (29.0 ppg, 7.1 rpg, 4.1 apg), Stephen Curry (24.8 ppg, 6.1 rpg, 4.9 apg), and Klay Thompson (20.5 ppg, 4.2 rpg, 2.0 apg).

Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Golden State Warriors Betting Predictions

Trends

  • Cleveland is 0-4-1 ATS in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Golden State
  • Cleveland is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Golden State
  • The TOTAL has gone UNDER in 7 of Cleveland’s last 10 games when playing on the road against Golden State
  • Golden State is 6-1-1 ATS in its last 8 games when playing Cleveland
  • Golden State is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games when playing Cleveland
  • The TOTAL has gone UNDER in 4 of Golden State’s last 5 games at home
Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Golden State Warriors Betting Picks

So which side should sportsbook bettors take in Game 1 of the Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Golden State Warriors NBA Finals? Obviously Golden State, the only question is which line to take. The money line offers zero value this evening so it’s either the spread or totals. The spread seems a bit high so it might be better to take Cleveland to cover 12 ½ points. Sign up today to get in on this NBA Finals action!

Score Prediction: 112-102 Golden State. The Warriors deliver a lopsided finish over Cleveland but fail to cover the spread. The TOTAL will be UNDER for this matchup.  

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