David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports. Pictured: Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James
Does LeBron James have anything left? That’s the question heading into the NBA Finals. James played all 48 minutes in Game 7 against the Boston Celtics. The four-time MVP has logged 743 of a possible 864 playoff minutes after playing 82 regular-season games for the first time in his career. Reminder, the Cavs superstar is 33 years old and in his 15th season.
LeBron must be tired, but in Game 1 of the Finals (Thursday 9 p.m. ET), he will have a rest advantage over the Golden State Warriors. After closing out the Celtics on Sunday, the Cavs have enjoyed four days to recover while the Warriors are on three days’ rest.
Do teams with more time to recover perform better against the spread (ATS) in the playoffs?