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Warriors Clear Favorites on 2018 NBA Finals Odds

Odds of Warriors to Win 2018 NBA Finals

After taking care of the Houston Rockets in the seventh and deciding game of the Western Conference Finals on Monday night the Golden State Warriors are set as large betting favorites on the NBA Finals odds against the Cleveland Cavaliers. The best-of-seven series gets underway in Oakland on Thursday night.

Golden State is a -900 favorite on the odds to win the 2018 NBA Finals, with Cleveland listed as the +550 underdog on those series prices. The Warriors are also set as 12-point home favorites for Thursday night’s Game 1, with the OVER/UNDER for the contest at 215 points. Golden State is a -900 moneyline favorite for the opener, with Cleveland returning +550 on that NBA Finals betting line.

The Warriors breezed through the first two rounds of the postseason, dispatching the San Antonio Spurs in five games in the first round and the New Orleans Pelicans in another five games in the second round. It was a tougher road for the Warriors, however, when they came up against the top-seeded Houston Rockets in the Western Conference Finals.

Golden State and Houston split the first four games of their third-round set, before the Rockets took a 3-2 series lead with a 98-94 victory as small 1-point home underdogs in Game 5 last Thursday night. The Warriors, though, staved off elimination in Game 6 with a convincing 115-86 win in which they managed to cover the large 12.5-point spread at home.

The Warriors then wrapped up the series on Monday night with a 101-92 road victory as 6-point favorites, making them 4-3 both straight up and against the spread in the Western Conference Finals. Kevin Durant and Stephen Curry combined for 61 points in that win, with Durant scoring a team-high 34 points.

 

Cavs Trail on Odds to Win the 2018 NBA Finals

The Cavaliers, meanwhile, come into the NBA Finals as underdogs off a Game 7 victory over the Boston Celtics in the Eastern Conference Finals on Sunday. That was Cleveland’s second seven-game victory of the postseason, after the Indiana Pacers also took them to the limit in the first round. LeBron James and company swept the top-seeded Toronto Raptors in their second-round matchup.

Cleveland fell down 0-2 in the Eastern Conference Finals with consecutive losses at Boston to open the series, but bounced back with a pair of wins on their home court in Games 3 and 4. The Cavs then lost again in Boston in Game 5, falling 96-83 as 1.5-point underdogs, before tying up the series at 3-3 with a 109-99 win as 7-point home favorites in Game 6.

A low-scoring Game 7 then saw the Cavaliers pick up an 87-79 victory as 2.5-point road underdogs, as James poured in 35 points. Overall the Cavaliers were also 4-3 both SU and ATS in the conference finals.

Tipoff for Game 1 is set for 9:00pm ET on Thursday night. Game 2 is set for Sunday night in Oakland, with the series then shifting to Cleveland for Games 3 and 4 next Wednesday and Friday nights.

 

*Odds as of May 30, 2018

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