Cleveland Cavaliers at Golden State Warriors Game 1 Odds Analysis - Prediction

May 31, 9:00 PM EDT

Betting Odds

Point Spread: 
GS -12.5

The Cleveland Cavaliers will travel to Oakland, CA to face off with the Golden State Warriors at the Oracle Arena in Oakland, California for Game One of the NBA Finals. Tip-off is scheduled for 9:00 PM and is to be aired on ABC with corresponding coverage on TSN. This will be the fourth consecutive occasion that each of these franchises met in the Finals. This narrative serves as a record for the first time in each of the major sports leagues that two teams have met this many times in concurrent years. Golden State has won two of the previous three meetings between the Cavs and Warriors. In 2017, Golden State defeated Cleveland in what is called a "Gentleman's Sweep" when the team with home-court advantage wins in five games on their respective court.

Cleveland Cavaliers at Golden State Warriors Overview:

Both teams enter this series off of seven-game Conference Finals. Both outfits were required to win their respective Game Sevens on the road. For Cleveland, their journey took them through Boston where they handed the Celtics their first loss of the post-season on their home floor. Golden State comes in off a victory in Clutch City where the Warriors trailed by double-digit margins against the top-seed Houston Rockets. It is worth annotating that the Rockets were without point guard Chris Paul for this particular fixture.

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Key Betting Trends:

On the year, the Warriors are 70-29 straight up but 43-55-1 ATS. Cleveland sits at 62-38 straight up but is also sporting less than profitable numbers against the spread at 40-59-1. On the season, the Warriors are 37-13 SU at home while Cleveland is just 25-25 SU on the road. Overall, Golden State has won seven of the last eight meetings between these two teams.

Get more details: Cleveland at Golden State Game 1 Match-Up

Cleveland at Golden State Public Money :

74% of the public cash and 65% of the ticket action are with the Warriors against the spread. As a result, we have seen the line move by 1.5 points upward to reflect this trend. In the Over/Under, the line has diminished by four points indicating the action on the Under. 76% of the cash action and 70% of the ticket action is on the Under to confirm this trend. On the Money Line, Golden State is priced at -948 while the Cavaliers are a +734 underdog.

Game 1 Pick: Cavaliers at Warriors

It is a rare opportunity to get the game's best player with such a friendly number. This is because no one thinks that Cleveland can compete in this NBA Finals contest against the defending champions. However, the fact remains that Golden State is likely to be overvalued by virtue of all the rhetoric and we can step in here and take advantage. If there is any player that has proven to beat the odds routinely with his clutch antics, it is LeBron James.

Free Pick: 
Take Cleveland +12.5