2015 NBA Finals Betting Preview

SHARE

The moment basketball fans have been waiting for is almost here – the first game of the 2014-15 NBA Finals. On the evening of 4th June 2015 (or the early hours of 5th June in Europe), the Cleveland Cavaliers will face the Golden State Warriors in the opening match of the best-of-seven series.

Basketball betting fans are also eagerly awaiting the first clash between the Cavs and the Warriors. So far, there has been little in the way of surprise in this year's playoffs. Many pundits had predicted that Cleveland and Golden State would reach the finals, regarding them as comfortably the best two teams in the competition. Now the line-up is set in stone, the Warriors are favourites to win the championship at 10/21 with Ladbrokes Sports. LeBron James' Cleveland can be backed at 7/4.

Can Curry Stop the L-Train?

James, arguably the sport's biggest star, is making his fifth straight appearance in the NBA Finals. He has already won the championship twice with the Miami Heat, but never with his beloved Cavaliers, who he rejoined last year. Cleveland fans will be looking to James to spearhead the team's challenge with his outstanding all-around game – the 30-year-old leads the Cavs in points (27.6), rebounds (10.4), assists (8.3) and steals (1.8) per game in the playoffs this year.

William Hill Sports makes James second favourite to be named Finals MVP at 15/8. The main man standing in his way is Golden State's Stephen Curry, the NBA's reigning MVP. Curry's razor-sharp shooting has been instrumental in securing a first finals appearance in 40 years for the Warriors. For many fans, the finals will represent a showdown between an established icon of the NBA and a younger star who is already well on his way to greatness. There are plenty of parallels between James and Curry – both players hail from Akron, Ohio. But Curry is favoured to emerge as the Finals MVP at 1/2 with William Hill Sports.

However, billing the Cavs-Warriors series as a two-man show would be a mistake, given the strong cast of supporting characters. Chief among them is Klay Thompson, one of the players nicknamed the 'Splash Brothers' by Golden State fans (the other is Curry). Thompson, like Curry, is known for his ability to score with three-point shots. The two players have racked up a combined 48.9 points per game during the post-season, which accounts for almost half of the entire team's per-game scoring average. Thompson can be backed at 8/1 with Ladbrokes Sports to emerge as the NBA Finals MVP.

Four, Five, Six or Seven?

Elsewhere in the betting markets, predicting the series score will be popular. Looking back on recent years, three of the last six NBA Finals – including last year, when the San Antonio Spurs beat Miami – finished with a 4-1 series score. That outcome in favour of the Warriors can be backed at 3/1 with Coral Sports, which prices a 4-1 win for the Cavaliers at 14/1.

It's been a while since we saw a 4-0 series whitewash in the finals. Interestingly, it was the Cavaliers (with a young James in the side) who last tasted such an emphatic defeat – they lost 4-0 to the Spurs in 2007. Coral Sports offers odds of 7/1 that the Cavs are swept away once more this year, while pricing a 4-0 victory for the Ohio-based team at 25/1. Punters can also bet on the number of games the series will include. The NBA Finals went to the full seven games as recently as 2013, when Miami defeated San Antonio 4-3. Coral Sports is offering 2/1 on another seven-game series, which could prove to be good value if the two sides are as evenly matched as some pundits believe.

Ready to bet on the NBA Finals? Visit William Hill Sports today.

Recommended Betting Sites

Betting Strategy Articles


Why Shrewd Punters are Betting on the NBA Draft in 2017
Why Shrewd Punters are Betting on the NBA Draft in 2017

It's that time of year again when the NBA heats up and punters seek some serious value by taking a punt on the NBA draft. The draft's been an annual event since 1947, with gamblers betting on it ever ... Read More

US Open 2017 Betting Value Found Outside the Favourites
US Open 2017 Betting Value Found Outside the Favourites

The US Open is a golf tournament that does just what it says on the tin, taking the tournament's name to heart in 2017. With players from way down the golfing ladder able to participate so long as the ... Read More

Champions League Finals 2017 Expert Betting Tips and Odds
Champions League Finals 2017 Expert Betting Tips and Odds

For the upcoming Champions League Finals between Real Madrid and Juventus, should punters be looking to bet on football markets based around a cagy 0-0 or 1-1 with extra time and penalties? Or is ther ... Read More

Find NBA Finals Value Bets with the Series Score Market
Find NBA Finals Value Bets with the Series Score Market

For the third year in a row it’s the Cleveland Cavaliers against the Golden State Warriors in the NBA Finals, with bookies barely favoring Golden State outright. Fortunately, the series score market o ... Read More

Bookies Expect Repeat Performance from Hamilton at Monaco
Bookies Expect Repeat Performance from Hamilton at Monaco

With 78 laps of the finest and most demanding race track in the world, there is no room for error at the Monaco Grand Prix. The record for fastest lap was achieved by Lewis Hamilton only last year; th ... Read More

Checkout Bookies Offering World Rugby Sevens Series Odds
Checkout Bookies Offering World Rugby Sevens Series Odds

World Rugby Sevens Series betting this year has been dominated in the main by the team labelled the 'Blitzboks' – South Africa, but don't let that scare you off from the betting market entirely. The W ... Read More

Betting Navigation

Newsletter

Sign up for the free Gambling.com Newsletter to stay on top of all the best bonuses!
We will never share or misuse your personal information. Privacy Policy

Latest Betting Strategy

BettingGuides

Country Guide