NBA Finals Betting Preview: Warriors Are Massive Favorites Over Cleveland

Stop me if you've heard this one before: the Golden State Warriors and the Cleveland Cavs will meet in the NBA Finals. These two teams have played the last three Finals, with the Warriors winning two of three.

The Golden State Warriors finished 2nd in the West while battling injuries all regular season. Golden State finished the season with 58 wins. Since then, they have taken down the Spurs, Pelicans, and Rockets in the playoffs. The Warriors smacked the San Antonio Spurs in the first round, eliminated New Orleans in the second round, and then took down Houston in the Western Conference Finals.

The Cavs did not have an easy season either. LeBron & Co. fought through adversity, injuries and trades to grab the fourth seed in the Eastern. It took Cleveland 7 games to beat the Pacers, 4 to sweep Toronto, and a hard-fought 7 to down the Celtics in Boston. The Golden State Warriors are huge favorites in this series. You can bet the Warriors -1000 or the Cavaliers +600 to win the series.

Iguodala Returning for Warriors

The Warriors missed former Finals MVP Andre Iguodala against Houston. He expects to return in this series. It's funny saying they missed him with four All-Stars on the roster. Steph Curry is the straw that stirs the drink, while Kevin Durant is likely the X-factor. If Durant can go off and score like he usually does, the Warriors are tough to beat.

KD leads the team in scoring this postseason, averaging nearly 30 points per game. Combined, Durant, Curry and Thompson average over 73 ppg this postseason.

LeBron is Superman

The Cavaliers are a one man show. Sure, Kyle Korver has been a help. Sure, George Hill can handle his own at the point guard position. Jordan Clarkson and Larry Nance have stepped up here and there, but LeBron is the man. LeBron James is scoring 34 points per game, while Kevin Love is a distant second with 14 per game.

Will LeBron have to score 50 for Cleveland to have a chance? It's likely. There is no surprise the Cavaliers are such major underdogs in Game 1 and the series. They are going to have a tough time winning.

Golden State Wins at Home

The Warriors are the better, more complete team here. It will take an effort that you have never seen before for LeBron James to get the Cavaliers their second title in three seasons. LeBron is surrounded by the least amount of talent he's ever had around him. Kevin Love may miss games, Kyrie Irving was traded in the offseason, and the rest of the roster was traded throughout the season. In saying that - they are in trouble. LeBron is a GOAT, but the Warriors may be the GOAT team in the NBA. The Golden State Warriors should win this game in 5 games.