After weeks of anticipation, the Cavs-Warriors NBA Finals rematch is officially set. Vegas has been floating various lines for the 2017 NBA Finals, with the latest having Golden State opening as 7.5 point favorites in Game 1 with the point total at 225 points.
While there is still plenty of time for the odds to fluctuate, the Warriors are also favored to win the series at -290 while the Cavs follow at +237.
Westgate’s Jeff Sherman has the opening line a bit closer with the Warriors favored by seven points. Sherman has the series prices as the Warriors -260 with the Cavs at +220.
Golden State’s off-season addition of Kevin Durant made them the preseason favorites, and the Warriors have held that title throughout the season. This series the expectations are no different.
Vegas has also released early figures for the NBA Finals MVP. No surprise that Kevin Durant, Steph Curry and LeBron James are the three favorites.
According to OddsShark, Golden State has performed better against the spread than their NBA Finals counterparts. Heading into the NBA Finals, the Warriors are 48-42-4 against the spread while the Cavs are 42-48-4 this season.
Golden State has been favored in nearly every game this season going 46-41-4 against the spread as the favorite. Cleveland is 5-10 against the spread as an underdog.
The teams enter the championship going a combined 24-1 in the playoffs. Golden State went a perfect 12-0 in their three series against the Blazers, Jazz and Spurs. Cleveland was nearly as flawless with just one loss coming against the Celtics.
According to TNT, LeBron James is making his seventh straight NBA Finals appearance. The teams split their two regular season matchups this season.