Cleveland at Golden State Game 1 NBA Finals Betting Odds

Posted by Peter Boysen on May 31, 2017 in

For the third year in a row, the Cleveland Cavaliers will face off against the Golden State Warriors in the NBA Finals. The Warriors prevailed in 2015, while the Cavaliers came back from a 3-1 series deficit a year ago to take the 2016 title. The Warriors added Kevin Durant in the off- season, which is one reason why so many oddsmakers see the Warriors not only winning this series but doing so in five or six games. Game 1 is set for tomorrow night from Oracle Arena. Here’s a look at the game preview and the latest NBA odds for the matchup.

Cleveland at Golden State Game 1 NBA Finals Betting Odds

When: Thursday, June 1, 2017, 9:00pm ET
Where: Oracle Arena, Oakland
TV: ABC
Radio: Cleveland / Golden State
Live Stream: WatchESPN
NBA Odds: Warriors at -7

Why should you bet on the Cavaliers?

The Warriors have a great collection of players, but they don’t have LeBron James, who is appearing in his seventh consecutive NBA Finals. And King James doesn’t have to do it alone. Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love are both locked in from outside, and Love can go inside and pound the glass when he needs to. The Cavaliers may have blown one big lead in that Boston series, but they had a lot less competition marching to the Finals than the Warriors did, so they have a lot more gas left in the tank.

Why should you put your money on the Warriors?

The Golden State Warriors are a year smarter and a year better than they were in 2016. Draymond Green is not going to get another suspension that will shake the course of the series. With Durant on the roster, the Warriors have more star-quality scoring depth than they did a year ago. Stephen Curry is averaging 28.6 points per game and nailing 43.1 percent of his three-point shots in this postseason. He also isn’t fighting a lingering injury like he was last year, when he had to miss six playoff games.

Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction

Both teams will finally get pushed to their limits in this series. However, I like the Warriors to open with a win at home, 120-114.