The Cleveland Cavaliers return home hoping to avoid falling behind 3-0 in the NBA Finals to the Golden State Warriors for a second straight year. Oddsmakers don’t like their chances in this NBA matchup, but the Cavs are unbeaten in their last eight games at the Quicken Loans Arena.
NBA Finals Game 3 Betting Odds
The Warriors improved to 9-1 straight up in their last 10 games against the Cavaliers following their 19-point win in Game 2 of the Finals. Cleveland is 4-0 against the spread in its last four home games and 17-10 ATS in its 27 games as an underdog this season.
The over cashed for a second straight game after bettors witnessed a prolonged streak of games going under the total in the conference finals. The over is now 6-2 in the last eight games between the Warriors and Cavaliers and 6-0 in their last six games in the NBA Finals.
About 58 percent of Sports Interaction bettors are backing the Cavaliers to cover as 4.5-point home underdogs while 53 percent expect Game 3 to go over the 217.5-point total. The Warriors are now -5000 favorites to win the series while the Cavaliers are paying +1200 on the Sports Interaction futures board to come back from 2-0 and win the championship.
Stephen Curry is the new favourite at -333 to win the NBA Finals MVP. Kevin Durant is now at +260 and LeBron James is paying +650.
Golden State Warriors
Curry hit an NBA Finals record nine 3-pointers in Game 2 and Klay Thompson shook off the pain in his high ankle sprain and played 33 minutes. Kevin Durant enjoyed his best night on the court since Game 1 against the Houston Rockets in the Western Conference finals.
And the news gets even better for Golden State supporters. Reports early in the week suggest glue guy and 2015 Finals MVP Andre Iguodala’s knee is healed and he will return from a six-game absence. Iguodala is the Warriors best perimeter defender, their second best ball handler and the fifth member of the famed Hamptons Five lineup.
Cleveland is in a giant hole. Winning a seven-game series against the Dubs is a tall enough task on its own, but beating them in four out of five games seems close to impossible. Teams up 2-0 have gone on to win the NBA Finals in 29 of the 33 instances although the Cavaliers were the last team to pull off the comeback when they pulled the trick against the Warriors in the 2016 championship series.
The Cavaliers have to start hitting shots from deep in order to make this series interesting. Cleveland players not named LeBron are shooting a combined 25 percent on their 3-point tries after the first two games.