Overall, James’s teams are 3-5 in the NBA Finals.
The Warriors are listed as -1000 money line favorites to beat the Cavs in their fourth straight Finals meeting (bet $1,000 to win $100), which equates to an implied probability of around 91 percent. Golden State is the biggest NBA Finals favorite in at least the last 16 years, per historical data compiled by SportsOddsHistory.com. The previous high over that span was in 2002, when the Los Angeles Lakers opened as -750 favorites against the New Jersey Nets (Los Angeles won in a sweep).
Golden State also is a 12-point favorite in Thursday’s Game 1. According to ESPN Stats & Info, that ties Game 1 between the Lakers and Philadelphia 76ers in 2001 as the biggest point spread in an NBA Finals game over the last 25 years (underdog Philly scored a six-point upset win in overtime, its only victory of the series). The Action Network says it’ll be the fifth time that James’s team has been a double-digit playoff underdog; his team covered the spread in three of the previous four but won only one of those games outright.
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