Once again, it looks like Las Vegas is going with the Golden State Warriors to win it all this year. The Warriors open as heavy favorites to not only win Game 1, but to repeat as NBA champions vs. the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook manager Jeff Sherman tweeted out the opening odds for the NBA Finals last night, and it is not looking good for the Cavs. As you can see below, the Warriors opened as -1000 favorites to win the series.
After a lot of initial Warriors money, it does look like the line has now finally settled at -900 per OddsShark.
Just for comparison, the Warriors went into last year’s Finals vs. the Cavs as favorites as well, but only in the -250/-260 range. LeBron James also had Kyrie Irving and a much better supporting cast last year, thus almost the 4x difference in the line.
The King also has never been this much of a dog in the Finals. Even in James’ first trip to the Finals in 2007, the Cavs were around a +360 underdog against the San Antonio Spurs.
With the way this roster is currently constructed, this will be LeBron’s greatest challenge yet. I just don’t see it happening this year, and neither does Vegas.