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A Hoops Betting Preview: A Look At NBA Finals Odds

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By Todd Fuhrman
Bet The Board Podcast

Familiarity breeds contempt. For the first time in NBA history the same teams will meet in the finals for a third consecutive year. Arguing their relative dominance through this postseason or over the last three seasons is splitting hairs with historical dominance measured only through championships.

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Get ready for the 2017 NBA Finals when they tip off Thursday.






Golden State is listed as a -260 favorite (Risk $2.60 to win $1) at Caesars Palace sports book to hoist the Larry O’Brian trophy in 2017. For those new to gambling vernacular this number gives the Golden State Warriors an implied probability of just above 72% to win their second championship in three years. To place it in historical context Golden State was installed as -200 favorite last year and -240 chalk back in 2015 making this the strongest price books have used on the Warriors during this historical run.

For Warriors superstar Kevin Durant hopefully odds maker’s math becomes a harbinger of success this postseason rather than speculation. In 23 career meetings against Lebron James, Durant led teams are a woeful 5-18 straight up spanning his time with the Thunder and brief Warriors tenure. However he’s never been surrounded by the wealth of talent in the past that will don the blue and gold alongside him in these finals.

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Former NBA MVP Steph Curry, Klay Thompson, and Draymond Green are just three of the big names tasked with outscoring Cleveland Cavaliers’ big three of James, Kyrie Irving, and Kevin Love. Aside from the aforementioned names there will be a total of eleven, yes 11, current or former all stars between the two teams. The 11 all stars are the largest collection of talent between two teams meeting in the finals since 1983 when the Los Angeles Lakers met the Philadelphia 76ers.

Golden State enters the finals with an unblemished 12-0 record this postseason while Cleveland counters at 12-1 with their lone defeat coming in an improbable Game 3 collapse against the Boston Celtics during the Eastern Conference Finals. However straight up records are meaningless in gambling parlance where “wins” only hold value when they translate to covering the number.

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Fortunately for bettors looking to ride the NBA’s two best teams they’ve been rewarded at the betting window to the tune of a wallet fattening 16-8-1 record against the number. What this means is bettors backing the Cavs and Warriors, blindly risking $110 to win $100 per game, has produced a tidy profit of $720 this postseason.

Still those results pale in comparison to the eye popping efficiency both have displayed on the road where they’re a combined 12-0-1 ATS (Cavs 6-0-1 & Warriors 6-0)! Let’s just say the prowess on the highway from both is creating many sleepless nights for those men and women behind the counter tasked with hanging proper point spreads.

Aside from series betting there are a myriad of ways to bet the NBA Finals. From picking the MVP (now available in Nevada for the first time ever) to single game sides or totals it’s the perfect time of year to put your recreational dollar to work for you. Be sure to stop by any Caesars properties for the most current updated odds.

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