#Watch NBA Finals Live:The Golden State Warriors are 5-0 straight up and 3-1-1 against the spread in their last five home games against the Cleveland Cavaliers. The Warriors can extend their home winning streak over Cleveland to six games with a victory in Game 2 this Sunday night.
Golden State is an 11.5-point home favorite in Oakland at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com. In Game 1, the Warriors won 124-114 but failed to cover the spread as 12.5-point favorites.
LeBron James had the highest scoring night of his playoff career racking up 51 points along with eight rebounds and eight assists. A great pass from James to George Hill allowed Hill to draw a foul and go to the line with a chance to take the lead with 4.7 seconds to go. Hill missed the second free throw and the ball was rebounded by JR Smith, who seemingly forgot the score was 107-107 and let the clock run out instead of putting up a shot. To lose this game, in this fashion, was a crushing blow to the Cavaliers.
Sunday night’s total is set at 215.5 points. The OVER is 5-2 in the last seven games between these two teams.
On the bright side, Game 1 was thoroughly entertaining and hard-fought, which was a far cry from the Warriors blowout many thought it would be. But on the other hand, it may be difficult for James and the Cavaliers to put together that strong of a performance again, and the fact that it wasn’t enough to earn a win on Thursday doesn’t bode well for a long series.
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The Warriors survived Cleveland’s best punch on Thursday night, narrowly avoiding disaster as the game went to overtime before finally running away in the extra period. Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson each had five three-pointers as Curry finished with a team-leading 29 points and Thompson tallied 24. Kevin Durant had a bad night from behind the arc going just 1-for-7, but still ended Game 1 with 26 points.
With Thursday’s win, Golden State moved to 8-1 SU and 6-2-1 ATS in its last nine games against the Cavaliers per the OddsShark NBA Database.
According to SportsLine data scientist Stephen Oh, the Raptors have a 95.5 percent chance to win the series and a 61.9 percent chance to reach the conference finals. SportsLine will have game-by-game gambling advice for every playoff series here.
2018 NBA Playoff Bracket