2017 NBA Finals Preview: Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Golden State Warriors
A game preview and betting analysis of the 2017 NBA Finals between Cleveland and Golden State.
This is probably the most predictable final showdown of any major sporting code in the last millennium. It was set in stone that the Cavs and Warriors would be meeting in the final of the NBA for the third year in a row.
Setting the scene
The Warriors enter this final as the prohibitive favourites. The young super team from the Bay Area is priced at $1.40 to avenge last year’s loss and lift the trophy.
This is the shortest price for any team in the finals era.
The Warriors have not lost a single game against their Western opposition coming into this encounter with a perfect 12-0 sweep.
The Cavs similarly only dropped 1 game en route to a 12-1 finals record thus far.
Every punter and his grandmamma is on the Warriors. They’ve been the go to team this season since they added Kevin Durant. The Warriors should hopefully find themselves without a suspended Draymond Green this time around.
Curry averaged 31.5ppg against the Spurs with Durant chipping in for 28ppg.
Their efficiency has also been quite ridiculous. Curry is shooting at a 56.4% from the floor, 46.7% form deep and Durant with an additional 60.3% from the floor and 40.9% from deep. The clip that these guys are shooting at is truly remarkable.
In my opinion, they haven’t got the best player in the series. LeBron is by far the best athlete and pure player in the competition. He’s also arguably that the league has ever seen.
How does the old adage go, the team with the best player in the series has the best chance of winning? If you believe in this then all this talk about Golden State wiping the floor with the Cavs should go in one ear and out the other.
Odds makers are expecting this to be a 4-1 victory to Golden State. I can’t say I agree with that theory.
Golden State has all the pressure in this one. They’re the outright favourites and having added Durant to the mix should win.
This is exactly where LeBron will come into his own. Having the cold-blooded killer in Kyrie Irving is another reason why you shouldn’t discount the Cavs. What LeBron lacks in the clutch gene his partner in crime amply makes up for.
If you like backing the favourite then you should look at Golden State-1.5 games as a more valuable play.
For me, it’s quite simple. This game has less to do with the Warriors and more to do with LeBron reaching MJ status. LeBron will literally be giving every inch of himself to lock down a result.
With shooters in Frye, Smith and Korver surrounding the core of Thompson, Irving, Love and himself, LeBron is primed to be the only individual to figure out a way to push the Warriors.
Series most Double/Doubles: LeBron James - $3
Series most points: LeBron James - $2
Series Correct Score: Cleveland Cavaliers 4-2
By Nik Hatzi