The NBA Betting Season Comes to a Fantastic ClosePosted by: Charlie Smith
With a roar of applause, the NBA betting season came to an end. The Oracle Arena was sent buzzing in jubilee as the final seconds of Game 5’s NBA Finals wound down. Golden State had built up a large enough lead to stop the Cavs from attempting a final push, leaving the entire city of Cleveland feeling defeated. Here’s how it all went down.
NBA Betting Recaps Game 5
Once the Game 5 of this year’s NBA betting finals tipped off, the entire nation knew this game would be one for the history books. However, it wasn’t long before fans began worrying about the refs.
In the first half of the game, the refs were once again under scrutiny due to a number of questionable calls. First they started picking on the Warriors, and afterwards they began to bully the Cavs.
Score wise, the first half of the game pretty much belonged to Cleveland. The Cavs jumped to an early 37-33 lead over the Warriors in the 1st quarter of the contest. However, constant interfering on behalf of the referees kept either team from gaining too much momentum, and it allowed Golden State to keep their foot in the door, outscoring Cleveland 38-23 in the second quarter. The score read 71-60 Golden State at the half.
In the third quarter, the Cavaliers mounted a strong offensive push that helped chip away at the Warriors lead, but was not enough to overcome the lead Golden State had created in the first half. James’ squad outscored KD’s 33-27 in the third, but the score still read 93-98.
Once the fourth quarter came around, the momentum began swinging back in the Warriors favor. A couple of uncontested dunks made sure of that. But yet, one of the most memorable things to happen late in the game was Steph Curry’s successful rim-attacks.
Curry is known as a well-rounded player, but it’s his shooting skills that take him to a legendary status. But the way Curry drove to the basket, with the game on the line, made him seem like one of the best to ever pick up the basketball. Alongside Durant, who was killing it in all phases of the game, there was little any of the Cavaliers could’ve done to won the game, which is exactly what the basketball sports odds predicted.
In the end, sports bets on the Warriors came out winning. Durant finished the game with 39 points, 7 rebounds, and 5 assists on his way to his first title and Finals MVP award. Curry lent a massive helping hand, putting up 34 points, 10 assists, and 6 rebounds. Thompson finished the game with 11 and Green help put 10 on the scoreboard.
LeBron James, who became the first player in NBA history to average a triple-double for an NBA Finals series, ended the night with a whopping 41 points, 13 rebounds, and 8 assists. Kyrie Irving made some plays for the Cavs and finished with 26 points, 2 steals, and 6 assists. JR Smith shot extremely well from the three (7-8) and finished the night with 25 points, 3 rebounds, and 1 assist.
What the 2017 Finals Means for the Future
While some NBA betting players may be quick to tarnish LeBron James’ legacy, some levity may be required.
James is the primal reason that the Warriors have their current lineup. It was James decision to form the power 3 in Miami that changed the course of history of the NBA. Sure, he wasn’t the first to do it. But he was the 1st to go so over-the-top with it. Well, until Durant caught on to James’ winning formula.
See, like James – who left Cleveland in search for a lineup he could win a title with, Durant realized that having an overpowered lineup is the best way to guarantee yourself an NBA championship.
But Durant took it a step higher. James took it upon himself to move to a new franchise (Miami 1st and then back to Cleveland) and build a superstar team as he relocates. Durant choose to join a superstar team that was already loaded, that had just come of the best regular season performance in NBA history. Durant opted to humble himself by joining an All-Star cast and the decision clearly paid off.
In fact, bettors can expect to see this Warriors’ squad win a few more in years to come. The egoless dynamic between Durant and Curry is seldom seen in sports, and produces an offensive powerhouse that few can compete with. Throw in the fact that the starting lineup is all in their 20s, and you’ve got a clear indication as to which NBA dynasty we’re currently in.