The Golden State Warriors are a significant favourite to avenge last year’s humiliating loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers when the 2017 NBA Finals get underway Thursday.
Canadian sports betting site Sports Interaction lists the Warriors at -250 odds to win the NBA championship, which is actually a cheaper price tag than many other sportsbooks list Golden State at. Pinnacle.com has the Warriors at -260, while others make the Dubs a -270 favorite.
The reasons to bet the Warriors are obvious. On top of being the best regular-season team in the NBA for the third straight year, Golden State has made it clear that it hasn’t gotten over becoming the first team to blow a 3-1 series lead in the Finals last year. In fact, Warriors ownership and players even went as far to say that they wanted to face the Cavs in the championship.
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Cleveland is no push over, obviously, after going 12-1 through the first 3 rounds of the playoffs, including a sweep of the Toronto Raptors in Round 2. But if you want to bet the Warriors to win the title, you can get them at a much nicer price if you take them to win the series in 6 games or less.
Golden State pays -125 odds on the -1.5 series handicap, which means they have to win the series by at least 2 games. In order to cover this spread, the Warriors would need to win the Finals 4-0, 4-1 or 4-2.
At +1.5 on the series handicap, the Cavaliers pay -110 odds. Cleveland will cover this spread if they win the series, or if they lose it 4-3.
Here’s a look at some of the other ways to bet the NBA Finals at Sports Interaction.
Sports Interaction NBA Finals Props