The Golden State Warriors and the Cleveland Cavaliers met in the NBA Finals last season, and they’re favored to battle for the league championship once again this spring at a betting line of +120 odds at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com.
With their 114-98 win over the Los Angeles Clippers on Wednesday night the Warriors remained perfect at home during the current campaign, continuing their march towards a record-setting 73rd regular season victory.
Golden State plays host to Dallas on Friday, taking an impressive 64-7 straight-up record that fuels their top -140 NBA championship odds into the Mavericks vs. Warriors betting matchup at Oracle Arena.
Cleveland enters the weekend atop the Eastern Conference standings but it hasn’t been smooth sailing for the Cavaliers, who have been streaky on the court and a betting disappointment at the sportsbooks this season, posting a dismal 31-39-2 against the spread record.
But with their closest conference rivals, the Toronto Raptors, failing to gain traction on the NBA futures, the Cavaliers remain perched as -300 favorites to win the East, and a +375 bet to claim their first-ever NBA title.
The Cavaliers’ dominance in the Eastern Conference has also made them a fixture across the NBA Finals matchup odds at the sportsbooks.
An NBA Finals showdown between Cleveland and the San Antonio Spurs carries strong +379 odds. The Spurs’ 60-11 SU record is second only to Golden State in the NBA this season, and San Antonio joins the Warriors as the Association’s only other unbeaten team on home court, going a perfect 36-0 at the AT&T Center.
The Raptors are poised to crack the 50-win mark for the first time in franchise history but have done little to capture the imagination of oddsmakers, who currently have them as a distant 28/1 NBA championship bet. However, an NBA Finals matchup featuring Toronto and Golden State carries +1065 odds, while a Raptors/Spurs matchup is a +2440 bet at the sportsbooks.
The Los Angeles Clippers are among the Western squads in the NBA Finals matchup betting mix, with +2230 odds of facing the Cavaliers, and +12400 odds of taking on Toronto.
However, the Clippers have struggled against the NBA’s top teams this season, going a combined 1-10 SU and 3-8 ATS against the Warriors, Spurs, Cavaliers, and Raptors, and remain a distant +1400 bet to advance to the NBA Finals for the first time in franchise history.