Published: Fri, June 09, 2017
Sport | By Wendy Sparks

Cavs vs. Warriors Odds: NBA Finals 2017 Betting Preview

Cavs vs. Warriors Odds: NBA Finals 2017 Betting Preview

During the regular season, there were 203 instances of a healthy player sitting out of a game, according to data compiled by, a website run by certified athletic trainer Jeff Stotts that has analyzed injuries for years. After he and LeBron got tangled up in an on-court collision, King James tried to step over Draymond.

An NBA season that has had little in the way of drama will come to a gripping close over the next two weeks when two familiar foes fittingly battle in the Finals for an unprecedented third consecutive year. Cleveland snatched the title from the grasp of the Warriors 93-89 previous year in Oakland in an epic game seven. Here is a look at the odds to win the NBA Finals MVP for the series.

However, to finish first you must first finish. Cleveland's superstar, LeBron James, can rise to even bigger heights with his fourth title. Golden State won the 2015 series, 4-2, and Cleveland won the 2016 series, 4-3.

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Curry and Durant have won the past three regular season MVP awards, and Thompson is one of the best two-way players in the National Basketball Association. History can be kind to you; it also can beat you up.

Golden State, led by two-times reigning league MVP Stephen Curry, are in remarkable form after becoming the first team in league history to enter the Finals undefeated (12-0) since the National Basketball Association went to the current playoff format in 2003.

Plus, Thompson has been one of the team's best defenders. Love broke out in a big way in the Eastern Conference finals after opening the playoffs with two quiet rounds, averaging 22.6 points and 12.4 rebounds against Boston.

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Just the way we played and the confidence we showed throughout the game was something that was very pleasing to see as a captain. Rohit Sharma (78) and Dhawan (125) scored seven boundaries between in the first powerplay to take the score to 48 for naught.

It does not get better than this. Cleveland hasn't scored fewer than 106 points in their 13 playoff games, scoring 112 points or more in seven of their last nine contests.

The driver said, if the Warriors win, he'll contain his excitement until he drops the Cavs off at the airport. Can't be anxious about a few bad shooting games or the percentages when you went 12-0. If they can't, shoot me an email and I will fly to San Francisco and fashion a posture assist mechanism out of some towels and rubber bands MacGyver style and we will get you right. But he knows as well as anyone what James, averaging 32.5 points this postseason, can do.

This series also features 11 players who have been named All-Stars in their careers, including seven this year. "And hopefully we keep it going, but we fully respect and are aware that this team that we're playing, they're the champions and we're not", Kerr said. He's won three titles.

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Kevin Durant can't win because fans are lazy and uninformed and just don't get it. Durant did eight hard years in Oklahoma City with Russell Westbrook, watched the roster get increasingly worse, and he was ready to move on. "It's the way of the league, and I think the prestige of playing 82 is not what it's used to be, and this is the way it's going to be". Remember, he was sacked by Cleveland twice. The Warriors are 0-5-1 ATS in their last six home games after back-to-back road games, but over the longer term they are 14-5-1 ATS in their last 20 home games when they were favored by 6.0 to 9.0 points.

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