According to Bovada, the Warriors are favored over the Cavaliers to win the NBA Championship. A bet on the Warriors to win the title is set at -200, which means a bet of $200 would yield a $100 gain. The Cavaliers, as the underdogs, are +170 to win the title, meaning that a bet of $100 would yield $170.
This makes sense. The Warriors have a ton of momentum after storming back from a 3-1 deficit against the Thunder. They also won 16 more games than the Cavs this season, and have home court advantage.
Andre Iguodala was a longshot Finals MVP winner in 2016 at 125-to-one odds, but the those that set the lines are going favorite-heavy. Stephen Curry is the favorite to win the honors at -130, per Sportsbook. LeBron James is a distant second at +200, Klay Thompson lands in third at +500 while Draymond Green and Kyrie Irving are tied at +1000. Ten-to-one odds seem pretty strong for either Green or Irving, both of whom could become pretty major x-factors through the series. If you're thinking about betting chalk, it's probably not worth it with Curry as such a heavy favorite.
As for Game 1, the Warriors are, as expected, favored. As of 8:15 PM EST, Bovada has the Warriors as six-point favorites against the Cavaliers at Oracle, with the over/under set at 210. The line opened at 5.5, though, so it seems that early action has been on the Warriors. The Dubs did lose Game 1 of their last series though, and after a grueling series against OKC, they might be somewhat vulnerable.
Game 1 tips on Thursday at 9 EST. Let's see if Vegas got it right.