Odds against Cavaliers in NBA Finals against Warriors

by Steven Clarke May 30, 2018, 11:32
Odds against Cavaliers in NBA Finals against Warriors

James, who is the NBA's all-time playoff points leader with 6,675 points, scored 612 points in 18 games through the first three rounds of the 2018 playoffs. In Game 1, they're giving 12 points, tied for the biggest spread in a NBA Finals game since 1991, per ESPN Stats & Information.

Golden State is outscoring opponents by 10.3 net points per 100 possessions while Cleveland has a net rating of 1.2.

His top scoring average in the playoffs came in Cleveland in 2009, when he averaged 35.3 points a game over 14 games.

The NBA usually fines players for speaking out against referees, but Lin and Cousins have tested the boundaries by criticizing officials' performances in games that don't feature their own teams. However, it was the Rockets who were excelling defensively with Clint N'Dumba-Capela impressing with two quick-fire dunks, one of which was expertly assisted by Harden to give Houston a 52-43 lead.

But none of their weaknesses have stopped the Cavaliers from pulling out two Game 7s in this postseason, or from stomping on a 59-win Toronto team in four straight games. If All-Star Kevin Love is cleared from his concussion in time to play, Cleveland can surround James with unsafe perimeter shooters such as himself, Kyle Korver, George Hill and JR Smith, forcing the Warriors to play James 1-on-1 - and possibly without one of their top defenders in Andre Iguodala if he can't return from his leg injury.

After fighting back so well in the third quarter, the Warriors managed the final quarter perfectly with Durrant & Curry combining to get the better of their rivals.

Golden State won two of the three finals meetings and is heavily favored to take this one.

Scoring a 10.3 in metered market results, last night's Warrior-Rockets game was the highest-rated National Basketball Association game this year on cable or broadcast. While the Warriors suffered from the loss of Andre Iguodala - the 2015 Finals Most Valuable Player, injured in Game 3 of the series - his absence did not hurt them almost as much as Paul's did Houston.

Will that be the only reason the Warriors beat the Cavaliers in the Finals? The Warriors dusted Cleveland in five games last season, and that was when LeBron James had Kyrie Irving by his side.

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