NBA Betting Finals Take OffPosted by: Charlie Smith
Game 1 of the NBA betting Finals is in the books and if it’s any inkling of what we can expect from the series, this year’s NBA Finals will be extremely one-sided.
Game 1, Warriors Won
The Golden State Warriors didn’t just beat the Cleveland Cavaliers this past Thursday, they obliterated them. The final score read 113-91, and it was clear that Kevin Durant was the biggest factor behind the Warriors’ massacre.
Durant did it all this past Thursday. Driving to the basket untouched, dunking left and right, and even knocking it down from range. Golden State’s Thursday night MVP would go on to finish with 38 points, 8 assists, and 8 rebounds.
While most sport wagering fans bringing up what happened in last year’s Finals, in an effort to dismiss Cleveland’s abysmal loss, it’s clear that this year’s Warrior team is vastly different from the one the Cavs faced last season. Some NBA betting fans might be in denial but LeBron James certainly isn’t.
“KD,” James said at the start of his postgame comments. “We did a great job of covering the 3-point line but other than that they played a hell of a game.”
That’s exactly the problem Durant’s presence creates for Golden State’s opponents. It’s a well-documented fact that Klay Thompson and Steph Curry are the two best shooters in the league, and perhaps even NBA history. That dynamic duo forces the Warriors’ opponents to respect their devastating three-point range. Unfortunately, allotting that respect opens up lanes closer to the basket, something Kevin Durant took full advantage of this past Thursday.
Apart from Durant, Steph Curry also carried his share of the weight, putting up 28 points, 10 assists, and 6 rebounds. Those 28-points include 6 3-pointers, which is nothing short of what NBA betting fans have come to expect from Curry.
James, who had to deal with some blatant racism earlier this week, delivered 28 points, 15 rebounds, and 8 assists in his efforts to lead the Cavs to a victory in Game 1. Although James did the best he could, there’s no doubt that someone spraying the N-word on the side of your house has to affect your play, especially when your mind is drifting towards the safety of your wife and kids.
Looking Ahead to Game 2
Game 2 of this thrilling series will be held this upcoming Sunday. As one can expect for the rest of the series, the NBA sports odds are pegging the Warriors as the favorites.
Game 2 – Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Golden State Warriors – Sunday, June 4th
When: 8:00 pm ET
Where: Oracle Arena, Oakland
Series: Warriors Lead 1-0
Stream: ABC Live
Online NBA Betting Odds:
Cleveland Cavaliers +8 ½ (-110) 220 ½ (-110) +335
Golden State Warriors -8 ½ (-110) 220 ½ (-110) -420
Holy cow are the odds siding with the Warriors. No doubt bookmakers are expecting Golden State to take full advantage of their home court, since the odds for Game 3 & 4 are a little less lopsided.