NBA Finals tip-off: The best bets for Warriors v Cavaliers Game 5
With a dominant home record, Golden State should put away Cleveland to take the title...
A year after blowing a 3-1 lead in the NBA finals, the Golden State Warriors are once again two games clear of the Cleveland Cavaliers heading into their fifth meeting of the series.
This year, though, Steve Kerr’s vastly-improved side should be able to see it through and win their second NBA title in three years.
Golden State have been almost unstoppable at home this season. They won 36 of their 41 games at Oracle Arena during the regular season, and are unbeaten there throughout the playoffs.
The Cavaliers, meanwhile, lost 21 games on their travels during the regular season and won just 20 – a relatively poor record for such a good, experienced team.
Cleveland have been better on the road during the playoffs, but they lost by 22 and 19 points in the first two games of this series, both of which were in Golden State.
Backing the Warriors to win at is a relatively safe bet.
Given how comfortably Golden State won the opening two games of this year’s finals, a close contest also looks unlikely on Monday night.
Steve Kerr’s side have won seven of their eight postseason home games by double digits, with the San Antonio Spurs the only team to stay within touching distance at Oracle Arena.
It’s worth backing them to win by nine points or more at , especially considering their only regular-season meeting with Cleveland in Oakland was a 35-point blowout.
Considering how the first four games of this series have gone, another high-scoring contest looks likely.
The home team has scored over 113 points in each of the last five meetings between these sides, while the last three have each seen at least 231 total points scored.
Backing over 230.5 at is a good bet for Game 5.