Powered by Stephen Curry’s 37 points in Game 5 Sunday, the Golden State Warriors are one game away from capturing their first NBA title in four decades. And odds makes like their chances even if the series goes a full seven games
According to the latest odds from Sportsbook.ag, the Warriors are favored to sew up the title in Tuesday night’s Game 6 with a -4.5 spread, and a -185 money line. A Cleveland money line victory is at +160.
The Warriors are also -1100 favorites to beat the Cleveland Cavaliers should these NBA Finals go the distance. That’s a huge jump from the -380 odds posted before Game 5.
After enduring a difficult 104-91 loss in Game 5, forward LeBron James and the Cavs are now a huge +700 underdog, moving from +300, with Golden State owning the right to host a potential Game 7.
Following their dizzying performance in Game 5, with Curry launching threes, and four other Warriors scoring in double-digits, Golden State now looks more like the team that won 67 games during the regular season. The losses in Games 2 and 3, highlighted by Curry’s shooting woes, appear to be in Golden State’s rear view mirror. Curry connected on seven of his 13 attempts from deep, and went 13-for-23 overall, adding seven rebounds and four assists.
Golden State’s depth advantage also played a huge role for the first time since Game 1. The Warriors received a huge 13 points from veteran guard Leandro Barbosa off the bench, and forward Draymond Green notched his second straight impressive game with 16 points, nine rebounds, and six assists.
The Cavaliers did hang with Golden State until late in the fourth quarter of Game 5, with no team able to build a lead of more than six points until the 3:45 mark. James put up his second triple-double of the series, and third overall during these playoffs, with 40 points, 14 rebounds, and 11 assists.
Cleveland was looking for guard J.R. Smith to provide the extra scoring punch, and he did with eight of his 14 points coming in the first quarter. But Smith faded in the second half while the Cavs switch to a small ball lineup largely backfired.
Cavs head coach David Blatt opted to sit center Timofey Mozgov for all but nine minutes in Game 5, even after the Russian scored a career-best 28 points in the previous matchup. Partially as a result, the Cavs lost the rebounding battle 43-37, and gave up 11 offensive rebounds.