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Is an 0-2 Hole Too Deep in NBA Finals?

LeBron James Cleveland Cavaliers

Losing the first two games in an NBA playoff series is not a death sentence, but it’s historically extremely tough to come back from that spot – especially in the NBA Finals.

Since 1977, only two teams that have been down 0-2 in the Finals have gone on to win the title. The 2006 Miami Heat dispatched the Dallas Mavericks in impressive fashion to bring the franchise its first NBA championship, and the 1977 Portland Trail Blazers knocked off the Philadelphia 76ers to win their first and only banner.

Entering the 2016 postseason, teams have gone 16-254 all-time after trailing 0-2 in a best-of-seven series. Yikes.

Can someone tell the Cleveland Cavaliers that the Finals have started already? The Cavs limped into Game 1 and put up a pitiful effort in a 104-89 loss at the hands of the Golden State Warriors, and followed that up with a 110-77 beat down at Oracle Arena.

Based off the opening two contests, the Cavs will need a Herculean effort to make this a series, but the historical trends in this scenario will certainly not inspire any confidence in backers of the wine and gold.

At Bovada, the Warriors are gigantic -750 favorites to hoist the Larry O’Brien Trophy for the second time in as many years, while the Cavs’ series price is available at +475 odds.

There’s no value in wagering on the Warriors’ series price at this point, unless you’re interested in risking $100 to win $13.33. But considering that the Dubs have opened as 1-point favorites for Game 3 on Wednesday, betting on the spread from here on out seems like the way to go if you believe Cleveland won’t be able to buck the 0-2 trend.

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