The Warriors were significantly favorited by oddsmakers to win the championship heading into their Finals matchup against the Cavaliers, and even though they now trail two games to one in the series following Tuesday night’s Game 3 loss, Vegas still sees Golden State as having the best chance to come away with this year’s title.
From Jeff Sherman of the Westgate Las Vegas Superbook:
NBA Finals Game 4 Thursday, June 11 Warriors -2.5 Cavaliers 193.5 NBA Title odds Cavaliers Even Warriors -120
— Jeff Sherman (@golfodds) June 10, 2015
The margin by which the Warriors are favored has dipped, but it’s at least mildly surprising they remain the team predicted to win while trailing in the series.
The reason, perhaps, is that these games have all been so close. Games 1 and 2 could have gone either way, and despite falling behind by as many as 20 points in Game 3, Golden State had come back to cut it to one on a three from Stephen Curry with 2:45 left.
And, the reality remains that should the Warriors find a way to win Game 4, the series would be tied at two games apiece with two of the final three being played at Oracle Arena. If that scenario should unfold, you’d have to like their chances.
But the way LeBron James has his Cavaliers playing, I wouldn’t be willing to bet on it.