2016 NBA Finals Game 2: Bets and Odds, The Splash Brothers, led by Stephen Curry, were shut down by the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 1 last Friday but the Cavs didn’t contain the Warriors’ bench on their way to a 104-89 loss.
Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson have their worst games of the season, combining to only 20 points in 27 shot attempts. However, Shaun Livingston rescued them by scoring 20 points in 80% from the field and grabbing 8 rebounds, the only player in the NBA Finals since Tony Parker in 2013 who recorded 20+ points in 80% field goal shooting.
2016 NBA Finals Game 2: Bets and Odds
For the Cavaliers, LeBron James led the wine and gold as usual with almost a near-triple double. While Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love combined for 43 points. Tristan Thompson had a double-double with 10 points and 12 rebounds.
On the flipped side, Warriors bench was relentless on both ends of the floor as they scored 45 points led by Andre Iguodala compared to the Cavs bench with only 10 points.
The series will be played again in Game 2 at the Oracle Arena and people especially Dubs fans expected to go all-out for their team and also they expected a 2-0 series advantage heading to Cleveland in Game 3.
At this point, the Warriors are 6.5 point favorites, recording almost a nearly identical numbers just like in Game 1. Cleveland now is also a 6.5 point road underdog
In their last nine road trips at the Warriors, the Cavaliers are just 2-7 straight up and 3-6 against the spread including the loss in finals opener and also they got a 4-9 SU in the last 13 games as an underdog. Cleveland now is 6.5 point road underdog.
The Cavaliers have a 12-2 SU and 9-5 ATS record in their dominant run from the first round up to the Eastern Conference Finals.
More points will come in Game 2 with 207 over/under set on Friday’s game 3. Las Vegas sided to the Warriors, betting to the team as six-point favorites. Golden State’s under is 5-1-1 in last seven games at home against Cleveland.
The Cavaliers need to adjust if they want to make this a competitive series. They are smashed out defensively by the Warriors who use the small, fast-paced lineup with constant off the ball motion.
Although they stopped the Splash Brothers, it doesn’t end there. They must stop the bench production in order to limit the scoring efficiency of the Dubs.
For the Warriors, they must continue their effectiveness in bench scoring because if the Splash Brothers will struggle again, then they will make their acts to supplement the load.
There are so many bets in the table that really rose upon. Many will predict that the Cavs will win the NBA Finals in five games, which pays off at 12-1. If the Cavs are gonna make this a seven-game series, they will be at 15-2 odds.
However, the Warriors turned the tables and they are too much for the Cavaliers. If the Warriors will win this round in five games, this is a 3-1 odds situation.
For the Finals’ Most Valuable Player honors, last year’s recipient Andre Iguodala was extremely superb both offensively and defensively. He is also doing a great job on guarding James who looks to carry the wine and gold once again.
However, Stephen Curry is the runaway favorite for the award. He has 4-5 odds situation to clinch his first Finals MVP award. As usual, James is the frontrunner for the Cavs as he had 2-1 in odds.