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NBA Finals Update: Warriors take 2-0 lead

Mon, Jun 4, 2:47pm by Staff Writer

Golden State has a commanding 2-0 lead in the best-of-seven 2018 NBA Finals series, after a commanding 122-103 win against Cleveland on Monday.

The Warriors are now an astonishing $1.01 at Sportsbet to claim their third NBA Championship in four seasons, with the Cavs priced at $21.

Steph Curry was electric in game two for the Warriors, nailing an NBA Finals record nine three pointers on his way to a game-high 33 points.

The Warriors led by four points at the end of the first quarter and by 13 points at half time, in a game they were always in control of.

Kevin Durant scored 26 points and Klay Thompson dropped 20 points in a balanced performance from the Warriors three stars.

Golden State shot 57 per cent from the field, with JaVale McGee going 6-6 and Shaun Livingston 5-5 in limited minutes.

The only blemish for the Warriors was their free throw shooting, where they connected on only 13-21 shots (62 per cent), as opposed to the Cavs who were 20-26 (77 per cent).

LeBron James who played 44 minutes and shot 10-20 from the field once again led the Cavs.

Kevin Love provided some offensive prowess, scoring 22 points, but the rest of the Cavs roster were limp offensively.

The team shot only 33 per cent from three-point range and 41 per cent from the field.

They now return to Cleveland for a must-win game three if they are to keep this series alive.

Steph Curry is the runaway favourite to win the NBA Finals MVP at $1.35, after being a $3.50 underdog before the Finals began.

Kevin Durant is now paying $3.30, with LeBron James at $12.

The Warriors are fancied to sweep this series, with the Warriors to win 4-0 paying $2.10 at Sportsbet, ahead of the Warriors to win 4-1 at $2.36.

Game three represents the best chance the Cavs have of getting back into the series, with Cleveland’s odds to win the series by a 4-2 scoreline paying $95, with a win in seven games paying $59.

The series is predicted to go four or five games at most, paying $2.10 and $2.30 respectively.

An unlikely seven game series is paying $10.

Game three takes place in Cleveland on Thursday, with the Cavs 4.5-point home underdogs and $2.70 in the head-to-head market. The Warriors are $1.49 favourites.

NBA Championship Sportsbet Odds

Golden State $1.01 v Cleveland $21

Series Total Games

4 games $2.10

5 games 42.30

6 games $7

7 games $10

Series Correct Score

Golden State 4-0 $2.10

Golden State 4-1 $2.36

Golden State 4-2 $7.80

Golden State 4-3 $12

Cleveland 4-2 $95

Cleveland 4-3 $59

Finals MVP

Steph Curry $1.35

Kevin Durant $3.30

LeBron James $12

Draymond Green $81

Klay Thompson $81

Kevin Love $251

Game 3

Golden State $1.49 Cleveland $2.70

Handicap: -4.5 Golden State $1.95

Total match points: over/under 217 $1.91

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