Why the Warriors Won’t Crumble this NBA Sportsbook Series
Posted by: Charlie Smith
As the NBA Finals heads back to Cleveland, there’s only one NBA basketball betting tips that players are looking. Will the Golden State Warriors suffer a collapse like the one they suffered last year?
Game 3 of last year’s NBA Finals is what allowed the Cavaliers to have the leg room to mount their historic comeback later on in the series. Since Game 3 will be held this upcoming Wednesday, sports betting sites and players alike are dying to know if the Cavs will manage to crawl back into the series.
Game 3 –– Golden State Warriors vs. Cleveland Cavaliers –– Wednesday, June 7th
When: 9:00 pm ET
Where: Quicken Loans Arena
Series: Warriors Lead 2-0
Stream: ABC GO
Golden State Warriors -3 ½ (-110) 226 ½ (-110) -165
Cleveland Cavaliers +3 ½ (-110) 226 ½ (-110) +145
Sportsbook lines aren’t favoring the Cavalier this Wednesday, but they’re not exactly ruling them out either. Oddly enough, one of the most interesting storylines to come out of Game 2 involved a notorious odor within the Cavs locker room.
As ESPN was able to confirm, there was a marijuana smell in Cleveland’s locker room after Game 2. Whether or not that played a role in the Cavaliers loss is uncertain, but it’s something to keep an eye out for as the series progresses.
Narcotics aside, there are more than enough reasons for sportsbook players to feel confident that the Warriors will not crumble this time around.
No. 1 – Kevin Durant
The biggest and most obvious reason the Warriors won’t lose their footing this year is also the reason they’ve been so dominant in the first two games of the series. Kevin Durant’s dominance so far in the NBA Finals has left most sports betting sites praising the former Thunder, with some even going as far as to claim that Durant is even better than James.
No. 2 – Green’s Levelheadedness
“I think I’m a pretty smart guy and I learned my lesson.” Echoed Draymond Green earlier this week. Draymond Green infamously lost his cool in Game 4 last year, and his antics got him suspended for Game 5. Many believe that Green’s suspension played a crucial role in Cleveland’s comeback, but with Draymond being firm in his conviction to remain levelheaded, bettors can be certain that he won’t be a factor in Cleveland’s favor.
No. 3 – 1 vs. 3
LeBron James is one of the greatest players the NBA has ever seen, but even he is having a hard time against the raw numbers the Warriors bring with them. Golden State hasn’t been able to stop James, but they’ve neutralized his supporting cast.
JR Smith, Channing Frye, Deron Williams, and Iman Shumpert have all failed to make any sort of impact in the series so far, essentially leaving James out to dry. There’s no doubting LeBron’s greatness, but with the Warriors defense isolating him, James has no chance to compete against Steph Curry, Kevin Durant, and Klay Thompson by his lonesome.