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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 introduction 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.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

Odds makers at BetOnline opened the Golden State Warriors as -5.5-point favorites in this betting matchup earlier today, while the OVER/UNDER betting line was sitting around 210 earlier at Bovada.

Odds Shark computer prediction handicapping models run on this game pick a 110-99 victory for the Cavaliers. 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 Golden State Warriors currently sport a record of 85-14, and have posted a corresponding betting slate of 54-42-3 ATS. The Cleveland Cavaliers are 69-27 and 46-48-2 ATS. Betting totals have seen the Warriors post a 52-46-1 OVER/UNDER record this season, while the Cavaliers have gone 46-48-2 against the total number of points scored. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Golden State vs Cleveland injuries news.

The Odds Shark betting Power Rankings have the Golden State Warriors at No. 1 and the Cleveland Cavaliers at No. 4 heading into this NBA contest.

Statistical Matchup

In rebounding, the battle of the boards features Golden State's No. 4-rated NBA squad against Cleveland's No. 10-rated roster. When it comes to long-range shooting, Golden State rates No. 1 in the league with 13.02 per game, while their foes tonight rank No. 2 with 11.27 per outing.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

Cleveland cruised to victory on Friday, running Toronto out of the gym and running up a 113-87 score at Air Canada Centre.

Stephen Curry poured in 36 points for Golden State on Monday, as they defeated Oklahoma City 96-88 at Oracle Arena.

Betting Trends
  • Cleveland is 7-3 ATS in its last 10 games
  • Cleveland is 12-2 SU in its last 14 games
  • Cleveland is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games on the road
  • Cleveland is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games on the road
  • Golden State is 13-6 ATS in its last 19 games
  • Golden State is 16-5 SU in its last 21 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Golden State's last 7 games
  • Golden State is 10-2 ATS in its last 12 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

Cleveland at Golden State, Sunday, June 5th