In the wake of an exhilarating semifinals, there was no shortage of storylines for the 2016 NBA Finals. The rematch. Curry vs. LeBron. Blue-collar Ohio vs. plush California. But after a pair of less than exciting Sportsbook games (to put it lightly), the championship series has been a complete flop so far.
After hammering Cleveland 104-89 in Game 1 and 110-77 in Game 2, the Warriors are on cruise control right now. To prepare for its conclusion, one online sportsbook is offering a prop special on the correct outcome of the series.
Sportsbook has the Warriors winning 4-0 at +275, but the Dubs triumphing 4-1 is the +175 favorite. A bet on Golden State to send the Cavs home in six games pays out +450, while a Warriors' Game 7 victory is priced at +600. Cleveland winning 4-2 is +1600, and a 4-3 victory for the wine and gold is set at +800.
In the last 10 years, there has been only one sweep in the NBA Finals (when the San Antonio Spurs sent Cleveland packing in 2007). Three series have gone five games, four have gone six games and two have gone seven games.
Here’s a stat that will appeal to backers of Stephen Curry and company: teams with a reigning regular season MVP are 72-0 when up 2-0 in a playoff series. Everyone knows one superstar can single-handedly take over a series, but that’s pretty damn telling.
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