Thought the Cavaliers were overmatched in last year's NBA Finals? That's nothing compared to this time around.
Vegas isn't expecting much competition in the Finals as the Cavs and Warriors clash for the title for a fourth-consecutive season. The Westgate has posted the defending-champion Warriors as massive -1000 favorites, meaning you'd need to wager $1,000 to win a measly $100.
Cleveland's line was posted Monday night at +650 -- a $100 bet on the Cavs taking the title would bring you $650.
Those are unheard-of odds for a championship series. To put it into context, consider the last three NBA Finals pre-series odds, all of which were large in their own right:
In 2017, the Warriors were -260, the Cavs at +220 (Golden State won in five games)
In 2016, the Warriors were -210, the Cavs at +180 (Cleveland pulled off the upset in seven games)
In 2015, it was Warriors -240, Cavs +190 (Golden State took it in six).
Now, consider every NBA Finals matchup since 2004 (*-won championship):
The Warriors were installed as 11.5-point home favorites for Game 1 on Thursday.
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Golden State won both regular-season meetings this season, taking a 99-92 decision at home on Christmas Day without Stephen Curry, and 118-108 at Cleveland on Jan. 15.
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