NBA Finals Betting – Warriors vs Cavaliers Game 1

  • Updated: June 4, 2015
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    By Charles Jay

    In the NBA Finals betting odds that have been placed on this series by the people at Chinese Bookie, Golden State is the favorite, and they also have the home court advantage:

    Golden State Warriors – 240
    Cleveland Cavaliers +200

    Certainly one of the most important numbers anyone can come up with when discussing the NBA Finals between the Cleveland Cavaliers and Golden State Warriors is 67, which is the number of wins Golden State registered during the regular season. Very few NBA teams have ever reached that level, and it would seem a waste for the Warriors that they could not top it off with a world championship. Chinese Bookie customers are well aware of this, as Game 1 between these squads takes place on Thursday at 9 PM ET at the Oracle Arena in Oakland (with the Warriors a six-point favorite).

    But there are some other numbers emerging during the post-season that are carrying just as much importance. That would have to be the case, as they enabled Cleveland to elevate itself into these finals. Take, for example, 41%, which is the shooting percentage Cleveland is allowing in the playoffs. Now, the Warriors were the best in the NBA this season in terms of their opponent’s shooting percentage, but the Cavaliers’ post-season figure is even lower than that. And that is surprising to some NBA bettors, because of the fact that this team was ranked only 20th in the league in Defensive Efficiency during the regular season. So obviously they have ramped up their game, and you can’t say they have not played capable opponents, as Atlanta was a very efficient offensive team, and Chicago was much better on the offensive end than they had been in the past.

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    Golden State has taken 36% of its shots in the playoffs from beyond the three-point line, but Cleveland is not far behind at 35.6%. Is this a series that is to be dominated by triples?

    One guy who is well-advised not to take a lot of three-point shots is Lebron James, and there is no question he is going to be the guy who dominates the ball for the Cavaliers. James has been unusually inaccurate from three-point range, shooting just 17.6% throughout this entire post-season. But Cleveland fans hope that he recognizes that isn’t his game. No, Lebron is looking to drive with the basketball; in fact, he has averaged 14.7 drives per game, which leads everybody. And he has made the numbers work, as he has averaged almost a triple-double in the Eastern Conference finals.

    Here is an interesting set of numbers for Chinese Bookie customers to contemplate – during the two head-to-head meetings these clubs had in a regular-season, Golden State registered 67 assists, while Cleveland had only 28. We don’t know if there is going to be that much of a disparity in this particular series, but it is no secret that the Warriors like to pass the ball around a lot, while Cleveland concentrates more on isolation plays than any other team in the league. The Cavs have isolated somebody (usually Lebron) on 16.5% of all their possessions in the playoffs. And Golden State’s game is to get a couple of quick passes, then a shot; on 17.6% of their possessions they have launched a shot in the first six seconds of the clock. Perhaps if the Cavaliers can slow them down a little, they will get a leg up in terms of the strategy with which this series is played.

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