With the start of the 2017 NBA Finals just over 48 hours away from getting started, basketball bettors from your local Chinatown to the actual China need to know when this year’s finals will end, what the exact series result will be and all about the playoff series prices surrounding what looks like an epic matchup just waiting to happen.
If you’re looking for answers to any of the three aforementioned NBA Finals odds, then I’ve got answers – and you could benefit big from them. Now, let’s get started with the latest NBA betting picks.
A Closer Look At The 2017 NBA Championship Predictions Exact Series Results, Finish & Playoff Prices
2017 NBA Finals Series Odds
Warriors -250 vs Cavs +210
Analysis: In their two NBA Finals meetings, Golden State has the slight edge over Cleveland in total victories (7-6), but as we all know, the Cavs have won the last three finals contests a year ago to stun the Dubs and make history in the process. Andre Iguodala (2015) and LeBron James (2016) have claimed NBA Finals MVP honors. Golden State is the clear favorite to win the finals at -250 but James and the Cavaliers aren’t exactly chopped liver and could pull off another finals upset, although I don’t see that happening.
When Will Series Finish Odds
Game 4 +500
Game 5 +180
Game 6 +160
Game 7 +160
Analysis: The Warriors might have swept their three playoff opponents (12-0) en route to the finals while Cleveland (63-32 SU, 44-47-4 ATS) lost just once (12-1) along the way, but neither of these teams will be swept in the finals, so you automatically rule out the ‘four games’ pick here.
With that said, I think this series could go five games if Golden State jumps all over Cleveland and holds down the fort in Games 1 and 2, although I’m thinking the more likely scenario is that this year’s Finals go six games at most. Just once in the last 10 finals has a team been swept and while that team was the Cavaliers in the 2006-07 finals against San Antonio, I don’t see that happening again simply because LeBron James has more quality teammates than he did a decade ago against the Spurs.
Three of the last 10 finals matchups have ended in five games while three others have ended in six games, including Golden State’s 2015 title win against the Cavs. Last but not least, three of the last 10 NBA Finals have gone the full distance with James and the Cavs winning two of those series including last year’s history-making comeback. This time around, I’m going to urge you to pick 6 games first and foremost, although I do have to admit that I believe it could finish in five.
Pick: Game 6
Exact Series Results
Cavaliers Win 4-0 +2800
Cavaliers Win 4-1 +1300
Cavaliers Win 4-2 +500
Cavaliers Win 4-3 +750
Warriors Win 4-0 +650
Warriors Win 4-1 +200
Warriors Win 4-2 +380
Warriors Win 4-3 +250
Analysis: Golden State Warriors is the better offensive and defensive team in this year’s NBA Finals matchup, plus they have a ton of motivation after last season’s finals collapse, not to mention the fact that the Dubs added a former league MVP winner in Kevin Durant. With four legitimate all-stars to Cleveland’s three, Golden State has the clear-cut edge in roster talent and will have the edge as far as the ‘motivation factor’ is concerned, seeing as how they lost to Cleveland a year ago.
My first pick for when the 2017 NBA Finals will end is six games, although I’d certainly place a wager on the Dubs winning in five as well. I personally don’t see the finals going the full distance, but hey, that’s just me.
Pick: Golden State in 6 Games