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.
The 2016 NBA Finals will be seeing some familiar faces as this year’s championship will see the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Golden State Warriors facing off again for the title. Will the Warriors win back-to-back titles or will Lebron James lead the Cavaliers to their first championship?
The Golden State Warriors are once again proving why they should never be counted out when the stakes are at their highest. When the Oklahoma City Thunder took a 3-1 series lead in the Western Conference finals, many fans and pundits across the Association wrote them off. All they did was win two straight games in impressive fashion to even the series up at three and force a do-or-die Game 7.
Just a few days ago it looked like the Golden State Warriors were dead in the water. Down 3-1 in the Western Conference finals, Stephen Curry and company had their backs against the wall and were teetering on the brink of elimination. But thanks to a pair of huge victories over the Oklahoma City Thunder, things are evened up at three. Game 7 is set for Monday in Oakland.
The Thunder are 8-0 SU in their last eight games after consecutive losses.
The Warriors are 10-1 SU and 9-2 ATS in their last 11 games at home.
The Warriors are 9-2 ATS in their last 11 games as a favorite of 7.0 or more.
Oracle Arena continues to cause grief for Thunder backers, as OKC is 1-7 ATS in its last eight trips there. The UNDER has also gone 5-1 in the last six meetings between the clubs in the Bay Area. Golden State has dropped just three games at Oracle all year long.
Only nine teams have ever come back from a 3-1 series deficit. A date with LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers awaits the winner.
“I’ve learned that our players are tough, they’re mentally tough,” Coach of the Year Steve Kerr said on Sunday. The momentum is certainly in their favor, and considering what we’ve seen from the Warriors over the last few years, they haven’t given us any reason to count them out.
Cleveland Cavaliers will look to improve on their 69-27 record on Sunday when they host Toronto Raptors in NBA betting odds action at Quicken Loans Arena.
Cleveland battles the Toronto Raptors, currently with a 66-36 mark (51-50-1 ATS). The OVER/UNDER records, important for totals betting, are 46-48-2 for the Cleveland Cavaliers and 50-49-3 for the Toronto Raptors.
The Oklahoma City Thunder missed out on their first opportunity to knock off the Golden State Warriors, but will get a second chance Saturday at Chesapeake Energy Arena. The Thunder have been automatic when coming off a loss with OKC going 6-0 SU and ATS in their past six following a defeat.
The Thunder have won both games this series on home court and have done so handily with an average scoring margin of +26 points. Russell Westbrook has excelled in OKC this series – with the point guard averaging 33 points, 11.5 assists and 9.5 rebounds on home court this round.
Steph Curry continues to score – averaging 25.6 ppg this series – but has registered at least five turnovers in three of the five games this series. Curry has struggled in OKC during the series with the NBA MVP scoring 21.5 ppg while shooting just 23.8 percent from beyond the arc.
With a trip to their second straight NBA Finals on the line, the Cleveland Cavaliers will try to win a game in Toronto after losing four straight both SU and ATS at the Air Canada Centre. After getting upset in Games 2 and 3 in Toronto, the Cavs laid the smack down in Game 5 at home in a 116-78 win.
This matchup has been all about home court advantage as the home team is 8-0 SU and ATS in the last eight games between the teams. Toronto opened the day as +6 dogs — a spot where they’ve gone 3-0 SU and ATS in their last three games in that situation. Betting on the Raptors as a home underdog has been profitable for bettors, as they’ve gone 7-1 ATS dating back to last season.
The total for the game is currently set at 196 — a number that heavily favors the Cavs who have gone 12-2 SU in their last 14 games with a closing total of 196 or more. That’s not a good number for the Raptors, as they’ve gone 3-9 ATS in their last 12 games with a closing total of 196 or less.
Simply put, the Golden State Warriors have not looked like the Golden State Warriors in the Western Conference finals. With a 3-1 series lead in hand, Oklahoma City has completely flipped the script on the 2016 playoffs and can send the Dubs packing with a win in Oakland on Thursday.
The Thunder are 6-1 ATS in their last seven games as an underdog of 7.0 or more.
The total has gone UNDER in the Warriors' last four games with a closing total of 220.5 or more.
The Warriors are 12-1 SU in their last 13 games after losing as a favorite.
The good news for Warriors bettors is the Thunder have fared terribly at Oracle Arena. In their last six trips to the Bay Area, OKC is a measly 1-5 ATS. The Warriors are also 8-2 ATS in their past 10 as home favorites.
The Warriors dropped back-to-back games for the first time all season in Game 4 in the wake of a 118-94 tuning by the Thunder. Golden State lost consecutive playoff games by at least 20 points for the first time since 1972.
Taking care of the ball will be huge if the Warriors want to keep their championship hopes alive. Golden State shot 41 percent and committed 21 turnovers that led to 18 Thunder points in Game 4. Curry was just 6 for 20 and missed eight of his 10 three-point attempts.
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