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Warriors Top Second Half Team In Playoffs

Maybe you’ve noticed - the Golden State Warriors are pretty freakin’ good during the final 24 minutes of a basketball game.  

The Warriors are statistically the No. 1 second-half team in the NBA these playoffs, piling up an average of 54.6 points and they have a second-half plus-minus of 6.8. 

That second number is really the one that should interest halftime and in-game bettors. It means Golden State is three possessions better than the competition throughout the postseason which is leaving the competition in the dust. 

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Warriors Have Struggled in Game 3s

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The Cleveland Cavaliers have had no answer for the Golden State Warriors in the 2016 NBA Finals, but they’ll try to climb out of an 0-2 hole in the series when Game 3 gets underway in Ohio on Wednesday. The good news for Cavs backers is the seemingly impenetrable Warriors have been underwhelming in Game 3s, going 2-5 SU in the third game of playoff series under head coach Steve Kerr.

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  • The Cavaliers are 6-0 ATS in their last six games at home.
  • The Warriors are 7-0 SU and 6-1 ATS in their last seven games with a closing total of 205.5 or less.
  • The total has gone UNDER in five of the Cavaliers' last six games with two days off between games.

“It’s a do or die game for us,” LeBron James told reporters on Tuesday. Truthfully, that may be an understatement. Cleveland got absolutely dominated in the opening two games, including a 33-point defeat Sunday night. The Cavs will be ecstatic to get out of the rowdy confines of Oracle Arena and travel back to Quicken Loans Arena, a place where they’re unbeaten in the playoffs.

Cleveland’s lights-out shooting has dried up, and it’s happened across the board. The Cavaliers lit up scoreboards in the first three rounds but have shot just 35.6 percent against the Dubs so far. The Warriors have stepped up on defense, giving up just 88.8 points per game over the last four contests.

The total, which opened at 206, will likely see a lot of action on the UNDER. Stephen Curry and company have gone below the total in four-straight affairs.

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

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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.

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NBA Finals: Cavs Looking to Bounce Back

Golden State Warriors will look to improve on their 86-14 record on Sunday when they host Cleveland Cavaliers in NBA betting odds action at Oracle Arena.

The Golden State Warriors are 86-14 so far on the NBA season, and 55-42-3 ATS vs the spread betting line. The Cleveland Cavaliers, meanwhile, are 69-28 and 46-49-2 ATS. OVER/UNDER bettors have seen Golden State go 52-47-1 and the Cavaliers go 46-49-2 on the total.

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NBA Finals Ultimate Betting Props Page

Looking for something other than sides and totals to wager on in the 2016 NBA Finals? OddsShark has you covered. Our Cleveland Cavaliers-Golden State Warriors ultimate betting props page is loaded with alternative betting options courtesy of Bovada.

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LeBron Is A Costly Bet In NBA Finals

I have some bad news, LeBron lovers. 

While nobody can dispute the talent of your hardwood hero, the truth is that he just plain stinks when it comes to betting on him in the NBA Finals. King James and his teams are 13-19-1 against the spread over the course of his six NBA Finals for a winning percentage of just 40.6 against the betting line. 

That’s enough to shoot a hole greater than $700 in your bankroll if you blindly bet LeBron’s teams in the NBA Finals throughout his career.  

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Three Reasons Why the Cavs Will Win

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The Cleveland Cavaliers are in the NBA Finals for the second time in as many years, and LeBron James is making his sixth consecutive Finals appearance. But considering the firepower the Golden State Warriors possess, some people think the Cavs don't stand a chance. I do not subscribe to that theory.

Here are three reasons why I believe Cleveland will win the NBA championship:

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Three Reasons Why the Warriors Will Win

The Golden State Warriors are looking to claim the Larry O’Brien Trophy for a second consecutive season and will need to conquer a familiar foe to do so. The Warriors and Cavs meet in the NBA Finals for the second straight year and though the Warriors struggled in the Western Conference Finals, they should be covered in confetti once again.

Here are three reasons why the Golden State Warriors will win the NBA Championship.

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NBA Finals: Game 1 Betting Preview

If you’re looking for storylines, the 2016 NBA Finals features an abundance of them. A rematch of last year’s championship series, the Golden State Warriors will be looking to hoist their second Larry O’Brien Trophy in as many years, while the Cavaliers have the intention of bringing the city of Cleveland its first title since 1964.

Shark Bites
  • The Cavaliers are 3-10 SU in their last 13 games as an underdog of 5.5 or more.
  • The Warriors are 11-1 SU and 10-2 ATS in their last 12 games at home.
  • The Cavaliers are 7-3 ATS in their last 10 games.

These two teams were on a collision course all season long to once again meet in the Finals, but it wasn’t as easy for either of them to get there. Cleveland experienced a ton of off-court drama, which led to the firing of head coach David Blatt and the replacement of Tyronn Lue. Golden State trailed the OKC Thunder 3-1 in the West finals before mounting a comeback for the ages and rattling off three-straight wins in impressive fashion.

Things will look much different this time around. The Cavs, who were missing Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love during last year’s Finals, were forced to rely heavily on LeBron, and the King delivered. James averaged 35.8 points, 13.3 rebounds and 8.8 assists in his team’s six-game loss. Cleveland is operating at full capacity this year, and the Warriors will have to properly prepare for it.

The Cavs haven’t been the most reliable bet when facing the Warriors as of late. In the last five meetings between the powerhouses, Cleveland is 1-4 ATS.

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NBA Finals: Dream Scenario For Books

Fans, media and the NBA are bouncing like a new Spalding fresh out of the package over the rematch situation we have in the NBA Finals where the Cleveland Cavaliers square off against the Golden State Warriors for the second straight year. 

What you may not realize is that sportsbooks are also pretty jazzed about the whole LeBron-Curry do-over. And it’s not simply because popularity will draw more action to the books. Which it will. 

“This is the best possible scenario we could have hoped for,” says Kevin Bradley, sportsbook manager at Bovada. 

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