Wed, May 30, 12:04pm by Staff Writer
The Golden State Warriors have progressed to their fourth straight NBA Finals appearance after beating Houston 101-92 in game seven of the Western Conference Finals.
The Warriors will now meet the Cleveland Cavaliers for their fourth consecutive NBA Finals and are $1.08 favourites to topple the Cavs for the third time in four years.
Cleveland are $8 outsiders to win the NBA title after their seven game series win against Boston in the Eastern Conference Finals on Monday.
The Rockets led by as many as 15 points in the first half and took an 11-point lead into half-time.
Golden State has been renowned for its immense third quarters and game seven was no exception.
The Warriors trounced the Rockets in the third period, turning an 11-point deficit into an eight-point lead by the end of the quarter.
Houston set a new mark for futility from the three-point line in the playoffs, missing 27 consecutive three-point shots at one point and connecting on only 7-44 for the night, a woeful 16 per cent.
Kevin Durant and Steph Curry were both immense in the second half, scoring 34 and 27 points for the game respectively.
Klay Thompson was plagued by foul trouble, picking up three fouls early in the first quarter. He scored 19 points on 8-13 shooting.
The benches for both teams were ineffective, with the Rockets bench managing only three points.
Houston struggled for scoring during the second half, with James Harden ending the game with 32 points on 12-29 shooting, but only 2-13 from three.
The three point shooting woes ran through the entire team, with Trevor Ariza 0-9 and Eric Gordon 2-12.
Game one of the NBA Finals takes place on Friday morning, with the Warriors holding home court advantage for the series.
They are $1.12 favourites to win game one at Sportsbet, with the Cavs $6.80. The opening line favours Golden State by 12 points at $1.95.
Kevin Durant is the favourite to take out the NBA Finals MVP award at $1.50, with teammate Steph Curry at $4. For the Cavs, it is all roads leading to LeBron James who is an $8 MVP shot.
The Warriors to win the series 4-1 is the shortest price of all in the correct score market at $2.55.
A series sweep by the Warriors is paying $3, with the first two games at Oracle Arena in Oakland.
An unlikely Cavs series win would be by a 4-2 ($21) scoreline or a 4-3 ($26) scoreline.
Golden State are $1.40 in the series handicap market, giving away a 2.5 game start.
Sportsbet NBA Markets
Golden State $1.08 v Cleveland $8
Kevin Durant $1.50
Steph Curry $4
LeBron James $8
Draymond Green $16.50
Klay Thompson $16.50
Kevin Love $181
Series Correct Score
Golden State 4-0 $3
Golden State 4-1 $2.55
Golden State 4-2 $5.60
Golden State 4-3 $6.75
Cleveland 4-0 $151
Cleveland 4-1 $76
Cleveland 4-2 $21
Cleveland 4-3 $26
Cleveland $6.80 v Golden State $1.12
Handicap -12 Golden State $1.95
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