J.R. Smith is clear MVP of Cavs’ championship parade

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When the Cleveland Cavaliers won the NBA title last Sunday LeBron James was the obvious choice for Finals MVP, but someone else has stepped into the spotlight and won the title of Championship Parade MVP.

The one, the only J.R. Smith.

His prize? It probably should be a new t-shirt because he has misplaced his, but based on his antics from throughout the day he won’t get much use out of of it.

J.R. is clearly enjoying his time as an NBA Champion and why shouldn’t he? The fans in Cleveland ate up everything he did, egged him on, begged for more and pleaded with him to never put a shirt on again.

To which he agreed.

More about his mysterious missing shirt can be found here.

Mystery solved, possibly?

While his shirtless frolicking caught everyone’s attention, it’s not even the greatest moment from his time in the championship parade.

There was his attempt at being the next write-in candidate for president, “shirts optional.”

His “Lion King” impression.

Who doesn’t love a good Disney call-back?

He showed that despite being the parade MVP, he’s not too big to hang out with the fans.

Fan Love Epic #cavsparade

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Or to stop and take a selfie.

One of those dayz..

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Today, J.R. could do no wrong.

Just look at those fans! LeBron who? The parade was clearly J.R.’s show to run.

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The Finals MVP gets all the praise, but the MVP of the championship parade has all of the fun. Kind of like being first and second in line for the throne, am I right?

Clearly J.R. is the Gronk of the Cleveland Cavaliers, but I don’t think he’s mad about it.

Why would he be? He has a trophy and Cleveland’s drought is over.

Oh, and he made his kids proud.

Didn't get a chance yesterday but Happy Father's day to all the fathers! #bestjobever

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Parade is insane … let's go cavs

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Though, from what I hear, Demi’s was already proud because he didn’t get cut from the team.

You do you, J.R.

NBA Christmas Day Slate has Warriors, Spurs Among Odds Favorites

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Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant and the Golden State Warriors typically manage to cover when they face a close line on the road. The Warriors are listed as 3.5-point favorites on the NBA betting lines against the Cleveland Cavaliers for their Christmas Day matchup, according to sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com.

The Warriors are finding their peak form and are 14-2 straight-up and 7-8-1 against the spread on the road this season. The smallest line in any of the ATS losses, though, was 8.5 points.

The main matchup will be Durant against LeBron James, who has helped Cleveland forge a home record of 15-2 SU and 10-6-1 ATS. The Cavaliers are trying to replace injured SG J.R. Smith (right thumb surgery). Star forward Kevin Love (left knee bruise) also has an injury issue, but only had to play 25 minutes during a blowout win on Friday.

The Christmas Day slate begins with the New York Knicks hosting the Boston Celtics in a pick’em contest. The key matchup will be at point guard – the Knicks’ Derrick Rose and the Celtics’ Isaiah Thomas. Boston is 7-3 SU and 8-2 ATS in its last 10 road games and has found a rhythm since C Al Horford returned from injury.

Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis (right knee contusion) could have his minutes closely monitored to avoid aggravating his injury.

The San Antonio Spurs are favored by 7.5 points against the Chicago Bulls in a matchup headlined by two elite small forwards, the Spurs’ Kawhi Leonard and the Bulls’ Jimmy Butler. It is tough to go against San Antonio being 14-0 SU and 11-3 ATS in December home games over the last two seasons, particularly with Chicago’s erratic perimeter shooting.

The Bulls are 4-6 SU and 5-5 ATS in their last 10 games as a road underdog, according to the OddsShark NBA Database.

The Oklahoma City Thunder are favored by 4.5 points against the Minnesota Timberwolves. Thunder PG Russell Westbrook is carrying his team which has been inconsistent at home, going 9-6 SU and 8-7 ATS this season.

Minnesota has plenty of promise in C Karl-Anthony Towns and SF Andrew Wiggins, but awful defense has kept them from getting into the playoff picture. The Timberwolves are 1-9 SU and 4-6 ATS in their last 10 road games against the Thunder.

And the availability of Chris Paul (hamstring) will weigh heavily on the lines for the Christmas nightcap between the Los Angeles Lakers and Paul’s Los Angeles Clippers. The Clippers are also without PF Blake Griffin (minor knee surgery), but D’Angelo Russell and the young Lakers are struggling at 0-4 SU and ATS in their last four divisional games.

The Clippers are 10-0 SU and 5-5 ATS in their last 10 games as the favorite against the Lakers.

Watch Bulls vs. Clippers basketball game, live online stream

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Chris Paul and the Los Angeles Clippers (11-2) look to stay hot when they host Jimmy Butler and the Chicago Bulls (8-4). The Clippers extended the best start in franchise history with a 121-115 road victory at the Sacramento Kings on Friday night.

The Bulls, riding a four-game winning streak, will play the third of six consecutive games on the road during their annual circus trip. Butler has poured in 20 or more points in a career-high six straight games and has recorded a 20+ point, 10+ rebound performance in back-to-back contests.

Watch the game live here:

When: 10:30 PM ET

Broadcast Network: NBATV

Live Stream: NBATV.com