The AccuScore team are back and previewing Game 2 of the NBA Finals...
"If James can help steal a game in Oakland, the NBA Finals will suddenly provide the life that has been absent for the majority of the playoffs."
Game 1 of the NBA Finals was a blowout in Golden State's favour. Will Game 2 be any different? Well, LeBron James will need to outshine Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving will need to out-do Stephen Curry for the Cavs to have any chance. Also, Kevin Love needs to contribute enough to justify his one-on-one defensive shortcomings.
As the saying goes, "a series does not truly start until a team loses on its home court." If the Warriors win Game 2, the pressure shifts entirely to the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 3, but if James can help steal a game in Oakland, the NBA Finals will suddenly provide the life that has been absent for the majority of the playoffs.
The moneyline market, predictably, heavily favours the Warriors. Golden State are [1.24] to win Game 2 and take a 2-0 series lead. The Cavs offer [5.0] on the moneyline. In the handicap market, Cleveland is +8.5 points at [2.04]. The Total Points line is 221.5 with the Under offering [2.0].
AccuScore Odds Value Analysis
AccuScore simulated Game 2 10,000 times in a strictly statistically based environment, and the Warriors won 82.7% of the simulations, which means there is the slightest bit of value on the moneyline. At Golden State -8.5, the computer projects the Warriors to win by nine or more points 59.9% of the time. Finally, AccuScore's computer expects a shootout with plenty of three-pointers, as nearly 60% of simulations went over the Total Points line of 221.5.