May 20, 2024

Weekly Betting Update – NBA Finals Who is Hot and Who Is Not

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This season’s NBA Hot and Not series for BetAnySports is winding down and with the way that the Golden State Warriors are playing right now this could very well be the final edition for the 2017/2018 campaign.

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The Cleveland Cavaliers had a great shot at taking the early 1-0 series lead in this year’s NBA Finals. However, a lapse in judgement at the end of regulation and a lapse of scoring in overtime led to a 124-114 loss as heavy 12.5-point road underdogs. Golden State made sure that things did not remain too close for comfort on Sunday in Game 2 at home by outscoring Cleveland 32-23 in the final quarter en route to a 122-103 victory as an 11.5-point favorite at home.

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The best-of-seven series now shifts to Cleveland’s Quicken Loans Arena for the next two games starting with Wednesday night’s 9 p.m. tip on ABC. Online Bookmaker’s early betting lines for this game have the Warriors favored by 4.5 points on the road with the total set at 217 points. The total went OVER 217.5 points in Game 1 and OVER 216 points in Game 2.

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LeBron James has almost single-handedly got his team back to its fourth-straight appearance in the NBA Finals with his dominant play this entire postseason. Through 20 playoff games, he has averaged 34.6 points, 9.2 rebounds and 9.0 assists while also averaging 41.7 minutes of playing time. Next on the list would be Kevin Love with 14.7 points and a team-high 10.2
rebounds. Even with 51 points in the series opener while connecting on 19 of his 32 shots from the field, James’ stellar performance was not enough to get the win.

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When healthy, Golden State is still the most dominant team in the NBA. Even with a key part of their starting lineup on the shelf with Andre Iguodala hampered by a bad knee, the Warriors have just too many weapons to contain on a consistent basis. Stephen Curry led the way in Game 2 with 33 points after scoring a team-high 29 points in the series opener. Kevin Durant is still Golden State’s top scorer through 19 playoffs games with a scoring average of 28.7 points.

When it comes to Wednesday night’s Game 3, keep in mind that the Warriors are an even 4-4 both straight-up and against the spread in eight previous road games in this year’s playoffs. Cleveland has gone 8-1 SU at home with a 4-5 record ATS.

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