The Golden State Warriors enter game 2 of the NBA Finals as 8 point favorites over the Cleveland Cavaliers after a thrilling overtime win that almost saw the Warriors lose on a last second attempt by Lebron James. One would imagine that the spread for game 2 would be a bit closer after such a tightly contested game 1 but with recent news of Kyrie Irving set to miss the rest of the series with a fractured left kneecap, the odds have swung even more in the Warriors favor.
The Dubs are minus-350 on the money line for game 2, meaning you would need to bet $3.50 to make $1 while the Cavs come in at plus-275 (meaning a $1 bet would make $2.75). The over/under for the game is currently set at 202 according to Bovada Sports Book.
If we have learned anything from game 1 of the Finals, it is that LeBron James can score at will, although by taking 38 shots, at will may be pushing it. LeBron is plus-500 to score over 40.5 points, but picking the right secondary scorer for the Cavs might be able to make you more money. For example, Matthew Dellavedova is plus-750 to score more than 19.5 points in game 1 compared to streaky shooting J.R. Smith who is plus-600 to score more than 25.5 points. Depending how you see LeBron playing in game 2 (looking to score more vs looking to pass), one could create a nice parlay that includes LBJ at plus-160 to not record a double-double.
If you'd like to stick with the home team, Steph Curry is plus-600 to score more than 38.5 points in game 2. Harrison Barnes comes in at plus-800 to score more than 22.5 points. With the Warriors depth, that might be hard to accomplish, but betting is all about taking that risk.
If you are taking betting advice from this post, I would advise you to sit down, take a deep breathe and maybe seek professional advice. All jokes aside, my stone cold lock of game 1 was Draymond hitting a 3-pointer before Lebron, which did not happen. So we will just chalk that one up as a loss (although I did suggestively hint at LeBron scoring more than 40). I will focus my stone cold lock of the game around Stephen Curry tonight, who is plus-105 to hit more than 4.5 three-pointers and plus-110 to commit over 2.5 fouls.
Game 1 of the 2015 NBA finals pulled a 10.6 rating (up 21% from last year), making it the most watched opening game of the NBA Finals of all time. The online stream of the game on ESPN 3 also recorded it's highest rating ever, which was up 117% from the 2014 finals. Who knows how Kyrie Irving's injury will impact the ratings, but I know Dubnation will be glued to their respective screens as the Warriors look to take one step closer to their first NBA title in 40 years.
If you attend a watch party, make sure you get home safe and GO WARRIORS!