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Finals Rematch: Warriors vs Cavaliers

LeBron James Steph Curry

In a rematch of last year’s NBA Finals, the Warriors will welcome the Cavaliers to California for a Christmas Day game that has NBA fans everywhere trying to get out of spending quality time with their families.

Shark Bites
  • The total has gone OVER in the Warriors' last four games when playing on one day of rest.
  • The total has gone OVER in eight of the Cavaliers' last nine games when playing on one day of rest.
  • In eight Christmas Day games, LeBron James has averaged 26.4 points, 8 assists and 7 rebounds .

In last year’s Finals, it was Matthew Dellavedova that played Robin to LeBron’s Batman, but with a healthy Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving back in the Cavs lineup we’ll be treated to the dream matchup we should have seen last year.

The Warriors, who opened as 7-point favorites in this one, still haven’t lost at home this season. They spent most of the month on a seven game road trip, but have played their last three games at home, winning each game by a margin of 17.3 points.

The Cavs are on a mini ATS roll, going 4-1 ATS in their last five games. They’re an even 6-6 SU on the road this season, and excluding a game in Miami which James sat out, their margin of defeat in road losses is just four points.

Last year’s Finals saw the Warriors also win the ATS battle—4-2.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

Golden State Warriors opened as -6.5-point favorites at online sportsbook BetOnline, while the NBA total line was sitting around 212 at Bovada for those who prefer OVER/UNDER betting on the total amount of points scored.

Odds Shark score prediction models pick a 107-103 result in favor of the Warriors today. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming NBA matchups here.

Cleveland Cavaliers vs Golden State Warriors Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The Cleveland Cavaliers will look to vanquish their hosts on Friday, as they are 11-15 ATS versus the spread this season, while the Golden State Warriors are 17-9-2 ATS. Cleveland is 13-13 against the points scored total betting line, while Golden State is 17-11 versus the line. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Golden State vs Cleveland injuries news.

The Golden State Warriors sit at No. 2 in the current NBA Power Rankings here at Odds Shark, while the Cleveland Cavaliers are at No. 4 on that betting chart.

Statistical Matchup

In rebounding, the battle of the boards features Golden State's No. 4-rated NBA squad against Cleveland's No. 7-rated roster. When it comes to long-range shooting, Golden State rates No. 1 in the league with 12.89 per game, while their foes tonight rank No. 4 with 9.81 per outing.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

Kevin Love scored 23 points and added 23 rebounds for a double-double, leading Cleveland over New York, 91-84, on Wednesday at Quicken Loans Arena.

Klay Thompson scored 20 points leading the Warriors to a 103-85 victory over Utah at Oracle Arena on Wednesday.

Betting Trends
  • Cleveland is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games
  • Cleveland is 8-15 ATS in its last 23 games
  • Cleveland is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Cleveland's last 5 games
  • Golden State is 24-1 SU in its last 25 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 10 of Golden State's last 12 games
  • Golden State is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games at home
  • Golden State is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

Cleveland at Portland, Saturday, December 26th
Golden State home to Sacramento, Monday, December 28th