Having lost two straight games and on the verge of being on the wrong end of the biggest collapse in NBA playoff history, the Golden State Warriors are still favored to win a second straight title. The Cleveland Cavaliers are five-point underdogs in Game 7 of the 2016 NBA Finals on Sunday night.
Golden State opened as a 5.5-point favorite at Las Vegas sportsbooks, and the betting line quickly moved to 4.5 points. But the point spread has moved back to five points, and the over/under is 207.
The Warriors have -180 betting odds to win Game 7, and the moneyline for the Cavaliers is set at +160.
Every game in the series has been decided by double-digits, but history indicates that Sunday’s contest could come down to the wire. The last four Game 7’s in the NBA Finals have been decided by single digits. The home team has been favored in each of those games, going 4-0 and covering the spread three times, via VegasInsider.com.
No matter who wins the seventh and deciding game, LeBron James might already have the MVP in hand. Bovada.lv gives him -215 odds to win the award, followed by Stephen Curry (+260) and Klay Thompson (+850).
James has gotten help from Kyrie Irving and Tristan Thompson, who are having strong series of their own, but James is playing at an all-time level. Through six games, he’s averaging 30.2 points, 11.3 rebounds and 8.5 assists. James is shooting 51.4 percent from the field, including 40 percent from three-point range, where he made just 30.9 percent of his shots in the regular season.
Jerry West is the only player to be named the MVP of the finals while playing for the losing team. He did so in 1969, when the Los Angeles Lakers lost to the Boston Celtics in seven games.
The 1969 Celtics are one of three teams to ever clinch the NBA Finals in a Game 7 on the road. The last team to win a Game 7 on the road in any round of the playoffs was the 2014 Brooklyn Nets, who defeated the Toronto Raptors in the first round.