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NBA Finals: Warriors favored to top Cavaliers, win title

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Most are picking the Warriors to top the Cavaliers in the NBA Finals, and the odds reflect that.

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The Cleveland Cavaliers head into their series against the Warriors as underdogs in the public's mind, and it seems like our friends in Las Vegas agree.

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.