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Cleveland Cavaliers @ Golden State Warriors: Hosts to win with ease

Golden State look good value on the -7.5 handicap against the Cavaliers
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We've reached the NBA finals with first up being the Cleveland Cavaliers at Golden State Warriors, and the team at AccuScore believe the hosts offer plenty of value to cover the -7.5 handicap...


"At Golden State -7.5, available to back at [2.04], the computer has 61.6% confidence that the Warriors will win by eight or more points."

Cleveland Cavaliers @ Golden State Warriors
Game 1, Friday 02:00 (UK Time)
Live on BT Sport & Betfair Live Video


After a long layoff, the NBA Finals finally tip-off with the Golden State Warriors hosting Game 1 against the Cleveland Cavaliers in an historic rematch of the 2015 and 2016 NBA Finals. With the Cavs and Warriors having split the previous two meetings, the 2017 NBA Finals serve as a tie-breaker of sorts. The two teams have arrived at the NBA Finals having combined for only one loss, and Cleveland led by over 20 points in that lone defeat, too.

The Warriors enter the series as clear favourites after adding Kevin Durant to a roster already stocked full of elite talent starting with Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green. The Cavs, though, should not be overlooked as a super team, with LeBron James, Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving adding veteran players like Deron Williams and Kyle Korver to a deep roster of role players.

Injuries: both teams enter the NBA Finals healthy without any notable issues.


Betfair Odds


On the Moneyline, Betfair is offering [3.7] for Cleveland and [1.36] for Golden State. The Cavaliers are clear underdogs and are +7.5 in the Handicap market at [1.93]. The Total Points line is 225.5.


AccuScore Odds Value Analysis


On the Moneyline and with the handicap, AccuScore's simulation algorithm calculates value on the Golden State Warriors in Game 1. The Warriors are considered 82% favourites and the computer calculates a fair handicap line to be Warriors -11. At Golden State -7.5, available to back at [2.04], the computer has 61.6% confidence that the Warriors will win by eight or more points.

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