The Cleveland Cavaliers take on the Golden State Warriors in the 2015 NBA finals. With home court advantage, the Warriors are -220 favorites to take home the title with Cleveland getting back +185 at the sports books. The Chicago Blackhawks take on the Anaheim Ducks in the Stanley Cup finals. Here are the odds and the official sports betting preview of the series.
Not surprisingly it matches the top two teams in terms of net rating on the playoffs as Cleveland is +10.1, Golden State at +8.4. Net rating is the difference between offensive and defensive ratings points per 100 possessions. It also has the top two offenses in the postseason as Cleveland is tops in the league at 108.6 points per 100 possessions with the Warriors next at 107.3.
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Though the media will still regurgitate “defense wins,” the facts dictate the top two are gone in Chicago and Washington. Still in the comparison of the survivors, Cleveland allows 98.5 points per 100 possessions to Golden State’s 98.9.
Golden State was the third best team in terms of margin of cover AKA sweat barometer going 54-42-1 by 1.8 points per game. Cleveland comes in 4-1 their last five by 13.5 points per game.
Golden State has gone under 9-2 the last 11. That includes three of their last four going under by 21.5 or more.
Spread trends (all records against the spread): Cleveland 13-3 to West, 8-3 on the road games vs. a team with a winning home record but 3-7 off spread win. Golden State 20-8 home versus an opponent winning road straight up record, 3-8 at home. Warriors are 9-3 in the series.
Over/under angles: Golden State under 7-0-1 at home, under 8-1-1 after scoring 100 points or more in their previous game.
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