Cleveland Cavaliers force a do-or-die Game 7 to determine who will win the NBA Championship. LeBron James got some big time help from Kyrie Irving and Tristan Thompson. James averaged over 30 points per game and 11 rebounds.
2016 NBA Finals Game 7 Bets and Odds
James also shot 51 percent in the field that’s why Cleveland came back from 1-3 deficit to tie the series for a chance to win their first ever NBA championship and first ever US major sports title since 1964.
In the betting, Cavaliers are five-point underdogs going into the deciding Game 7. Their opponents, Golden State Warriors are still the favorites to go all the way.
Warriors opened as 5.5 point favorite and some bettors are shifted to Golden State that’s why the points increased to 4.5 points. The over or under for the deciding game is 207.
Golden State will go back to Oracle Arena as 13-2 straight up and 12-3 against the straight in the last 15 playoff games.
15-3 SU is the all-time record for the teams who mostly won the Game 7 in their home soil.
Coming off a defeat, Warriors are 14-2 SU and 10-6 ATS in the last 16 games from a losing effort.
For the Finals Most Valuable Player race, LeBron James is on the lead with -215 in the odds while Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson got +260 and +850 respectively.
One of the teams who clinched Game 7 on the road are the 1969 Boston Celtics led by Bill Russell, Sam Jones and Jon Havlicek. Jerry West of the Los Angeles Lakers is the Finals MVP at that time, making him the only player from a losing side to win the award.
The last team to win a Game 7 on the road in the playoffs is the Brooklyn Nets led by Deron Williams, Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett and Brook Lopez. They defeated the Toronto Raptors of Demar DeRozan and Kyle Lowry.
For Golden State, Curry must have a great game in order for him to bounce back. He has performed subpar games from Game 1 to Game 6 although he managed to put 36 points in Game 4. Still, he hasn’t been consistent all throughout the series.
Irving meanwhile, has been a monster in the last two games. Whenever, Curry gets under his skin, he will just shoot the ball right in his face.
Andrew Bogut’s injury is a major loss for the Warriors. Not only they lost a big man who can cover the paint but also the little things he did for the team, like his passing ability.
Also, Harrison Barnes must renew himself. He is one of the reliable players for Steve Kerr and he is expected to go all out for this deciding game, even though he is about to go the free agent market.
Cavaliers’ Richard Jefferson and JR Smith must also give their all if they want to help LeBron James achieved his third title. Jefferson and Smith have the consistent three-point shooting that will space the floor a lot. They will compete against the Splash Brothers of Curry and Thompson, in terms of firepower.
Andre Iguodala, the 2015 NBA Finals MVP must also step up his game although he had a back injury in a minor basis. He should give his best in order for the Dubs to repeat and for them to not have the biggest disappointment, being the first team to go up 3-1 in the Finals only to lose three straight games.
The Game 7 will depend on which team is hungrier and wants the title more.