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NBA Playoff Betting: Warriors Still Favored to Repeat as Champions

It looked like the Golden State Warriors were headed for an easy sweep over the Cleveland Cavaliers in the NBA Finals. Then the series shifted to Cleveland for Game 3 and everything changed.

Down 2-0 in the series after getting hammered in the first two games the Cavaliers faced a critical game at home in Game 3. They didn’t disappoint with a 120-90 rout of their own over Golden State as a 1.5-point favorite at top sportsbook Bovada. LeBron James carried the Cavaliers to victory with 32 points, 11 rebounds and six assists, and Kyrie Irving chipped in with 30 points.

The Warriors came out flat in the loss with Stephen Curry leading the team with only 19 points. Klay Thompson also disappointed with 10 points and Draymond Green only netted six points.

The Cleveland win in Game 3 changed the minds of the oddsmakers at Bovada when setting the series odds. Golden State remains the favorite at -350, but that’s down from where they stood with a 2-0 series lead. Cleveland’s odds on winning the series now stand at +275.

The biggest reason Golden State remains so heavily favored in the series has to be that they hold home court advantage. During their playoff run the Cavaliers have yet to lose at home at 8-0 straight-up and 7-1 against the spread. Unfortunately for them to win the series they will need at least one win in Golden State. On the road in the postseason Cleveland is 5-4 SU and 3-6 ATS, but they’re 1-4 SU and ATS in their last five.

The Warriors have only dropped one game at home in the playoffs so far and sit at 11-1 SU and 10-2 ATS. During the first two games of this series, both at Golden State, the Warriors outscored the Cavaliers 224-166 and easily covered the spread in both wins.

The Warriors have won their last four home games against Cleveland overall, and they’re also 6-1 SU and 5-2 ATS in their last seven. Cleveland may have looked good in their Game 3 victory, but they still have a long way to go to bring an NBA championship to Cleveland for the first time.