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Warriors Open NBA Finals Game 3 as -5.5 Road Favorites

Jun 04, 2018 1:00 PM EDT

The Highlights

  • The Warriors won Game 2 of the NBA Finals 122-103 and now sit at -2000 to win the title.
  • Golden State opened as a -5.5 favorite in Game 3, becoming just the 12th team since 2005 to be a road favorite in the Finals.
  • Those teams have gone 6-5 straight-up and 5-6 against the spread since 2005. The Warriors have gone 3-2 ATS in this spot since 2015.

After a controversial Game 1 of the NBA Finals, Game 2 at Oracle Arena was never in doubt. The Golden State Warriors defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers, 122-103, thanks to 33 points, seven rebounds and eight assists from Stephen Curry. Kevin Durant also had a bounce-back effort after struggling in Game 1, finishing with 26 points on efficient 10-of-14 shooting from the field.

 

The teams now travel to Cleveland for Wednesday’s Game 3, and the Warriors opened as -5.5 favorites, although within just an hour the line was bet down to -4.5 at several books. After the first two games went over the total, the over/under opened at 217.5 for Game 3. The Warriors are all the way up to -2000 to win the series after closing around -1000 before the start of Game 1.

The Warriors will be just the 12th road favorite in the NBA Finals since 2005, per Bet Labs. Those teams have gone 6-5 straight-up and 5-6 against the spread. The Warriors have gone 3-2 ATS in this situation since 2015. In last year’s Finals, Golden State closed as a -3 favorite in Game 3 and won by five points. In a potentially clinching Game 4, the Warriors closed at -4.5 and lost in a blowout, 137-116.

Credit:

Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports. Pictured: Stephen Curry

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