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NBA Finals Preview: Can the Cavaliers Bounce Back in Game 2?

The buildup toward Game 1 of the 2017 NBA Finals featured a ridiculous amount of hype, but the first contest of Cavs-Warriors III had the same amount of excitement as a LaVar Ball highlight tape. With Game 2 set for Sunday in Oakland, sportsbooks opened the Dubs as 8.5-point home favorites with a total of 220.5.

Shark Bites
  • The Warriors are 6-0 SU and ATS in their last six games as a favorite of 8.5 or less.
  • The Cavaliers are 2-6 SU in their last eight games on the road against the Warriors.
  • The Cavaliers are 1-11 SU and 3-9 ATS in their last 12 games as road underdogs.

Golden State came out of the gate firing and didn’t look back in a 113-91 triumph. Despite having Rihanna chirping in his ear the whole game, Kevin Durant made his NBA Finals debut in a Warriors uniform by pouring in 38 points. Durant’s six first-half dunks tied his career high for dunks in a game.

On the other hand, the Cavaliers couldn’t get anything going and the box sheet shows it. Outside of LeBron James, the Cavs shot just 29 percent on uncontested field goals. Cleveland had 20 turnovers compared to the Warriors’ four – the biggest differential in a Finals game since turnovers were first recorded in 1970-71.

We’ve seen this movie before, though. Cleveland was downright terrible in Oakland to start the series a year ago and dropped the first two contests by a combined 48 points. Point guard Kyrie Irving said it best after Game 1 when he stated “There is no way to simulate the Warriors’ offense."

While OVER bettors were clearly expecting fireworks, Game 1 featured anything but that. UNDER bettors profited once again as the game went below the total by 21 points. In the Cavaliers’ last seven trips to Oracle Arena, the UNDER is 6-1.

Cleveland Cavaliers vs Golden State Warriors Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The Cleveland Cavaliers will look to vanquish their hosts on Sunday, as they are 43-49-4 ATS versus the spread this season, while the Golden State Warriors are 49-42-4 ATS. Cleveland is 56-38-2 against the points scored total betting line, while Golden State is 41-54 versus the line. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Golden State vs Cleveland injuries news.

This game pits the Golden State Warriors, currently No. 1 in the Odds Shark NBA Power Rankings, against the Cleveland Cavaliers, who rate No. 17 in the most recent survey update.

Statistical Matchup

The game also pits Golden State's No. 1-ranked offense averaging 116.17 PPG, against a Cleveland Cavaliers defense that ranks No. 18 at 106.68 PPG. The Golden State Warriors field goal percentage has averaged 49.46% so far, more than the Cleveland Cavaliers shooters have achieved on the year, 47.37% per game.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

The Cavaliers were blown out by Golden State on Thursday, losing by a 113-91 final at Oracle Arena in basketball betting action.

Betting Trends
  • Cleveland is 12-2 SU in its last 14 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 15 of Cleveland's last 22 games
  • Cleveland is 4-1-1 ATS in its last 6 games on the road
  • Cleveland is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games on the road
  • Golden State is 6-1 ATS in its last 7 games
  • Golden State is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 5 of Golden State's last 6 games
  • Golden State is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

Cleveland home to Golden State, Wednesday, June 7th