2015 NBA Finals Game 2: LeBron James Carries Cleveland to Victory

James has been brilliant so far for the Cavaliers in the NBA Finals!

NBA finals Game2

The Golden State Warriors entered game 2 of the NBA Finals as 8 point favorites over the Cleveland Cavaliers after a thrilling overtime win that almost saw the Warriors lose on a last second attempt by Lebron James. One would expect that the  spread at the best sports gambling sites for game 2 would be a bit closer after such a tightly contested game 1 but with recent news of Kyrie Irving set to miss the rest of the series with a fractured left kneecap, the odds have swung even more in the Warriors favor.

The Cleveland Cavaliers have tied up the 2015 NBA Finals with a stunning 95-93 overtime win over the Golden State Warriors in Game 2 on Sunday night at Oracle Arena. LeBron James recorded a triple-double with 39 points, 16 rebounds and 11 assists in the win — his second straight huge performance to start the series — and got just enough help elsewhere to steal a game on the road.

Three nights after the Cavaliers went flat in overtime and lost to the Warriors on the road, the team wouldn’t waste the opportunity again Sunday. Matthew Dellavedova hit the game-winning free throws with 10.1 seconds remaining in overtime and Golden State was unable to score on either of its last-second opportunities to get the win or force another OT. The Cavs were pumped afterwards, for good reason:

The final buzzer sounded, and LeBron James wasn’t done.
As fans filed out of the quieting arena, James grabbed the ball and spiked it with all his might. He flexed his arms and pounded his chest, letting out a roar that echoed from California to Cleveland.

James turned in a triple-double to remember, Matthew Dellavedova made the go-ahead free throws in overtime, and the Cavaliers overcame a fourth-quarter collapse to outlast the Golden State Warriors 95-93 on Sunday night to even the NBA Finals at a game apiece.

James finished with 39 points, 16 rebounds and 11 assists in 50 minutes, carrying Cleveland’s depleted roster to victory on the NBA’s toughest home floor. The Warriors had been 47-3 at ear-piercing Oracle Arena.

“I tried to give it all to my teammates. And they do a great job of giving it back to me. Total team effort,” said James, who shot 11 of 34 from the floor and seemed to wear down as the game dragged on. “To be back in the same position we were in three days ago and to come back and even the series is big time.”
It was the second straight overtime game, and one the Cavs never should’ve let go so far.

Stephen Curry had a horrific shooting performance but converted the tying layup for the Warriors late in regulation. The MVP also put Golden State in front 93-92 on free throws with 29.5 seconds left in overtime.

Then, Draymond Green met James at the rim to block his left-handed layup, but the Cavs retained possession. After James Jones missed a 3-pointer, Dellavedova grabbed the rebound and was fouled.

Dellavedova made both free throws to put Cleveland up with 10.1 seconds to play. Curry air-balled a jumper contested by Dellavedova, James got the rebound and hit one of two free throws with 4.4 seconds left.

“He was huge for us,” James said about Dellavedova. “We knew we could count on him because we’ve been in this situation before. He gave us everything that he had and more.”

After James’ made the free throw, Curry, without a timeout, raced up court and tried to pass ahead to Klay Thompson. But Iman Shumpert batted the ball away to seal the Cavs’ win.

Game 3 is Tuesday night in Cleveland.

“When we defend like we did tonight, we’re going to give ourselves a chance to beat any team in this world,” said James, the four-time MVP.

It was a pivotal point for the Cavs, who won their first finals game in franchise history. They were swept by the Spurs in their only other appearance in 2007, when James was just growing into the planet’s best player.

Cleveland was staring at a major deficit again. Teams with a 2-0 lead have gone on to win 28 of 31 series.

Now that’s one thing the Cavs won’t have to overcome.

James is still left trying to carry Cleveland to its first championship in 51 years after Kyrie Irving fractured his left kneecap in Game 1. Irving had surgery in Cleveland on Saturday to join sidelined starters Kevin Love and Anderson Varejao, both of whom had already been lost for the season with injuries.

He got a little help, this time.

Timofey Mozgov had 17 points and 11 rebounds but sat out a lot late in the fourth quarter and overtime when the Warriors went to a smaller lineup. J.R. Smith scored 11 points and Dellavedova had nine.

Cavs coach David Blatt went with the same lineup that won Games 2 and 3 of the Eastern Conference finals when Irving was out with an injured knee. He started Dellavedova in Irving’s place, and the scrappy Australian corralled Curry as much as anybody has this season.

Curry scored 19 points and shot 5 of 23 from the floor, including 2 of 15 from 3-point range, and had six turnovers.

“Shots I normally make I knew as soon as they left my hand that they were off. That doesn’t usually happen,” Curry said. “Mechanically, I don’t know if there is an explanation for it, just didn’t have a rhythm and didn’t find one the whole game.”

Klay Thompson tried to pick up the backcourt slack, scoring 34 points. But the Warriors went 8 for 35 from long range and shot 39.8 percent overall.

The Cavs, who shot 32.7 percent, outrebounded the Warriors 55 to 45 — but nearly wilted late.

James sat for just 52 seconds in the first half and got two quick breaks in the third quarter. He nearly had to stay on the sideline when Green hit him the face as drove hard for a layup in the fourth quarter.

James dropped to a knee near the baseline and walked gingerly to the bench, where he sat with his head down before returning to make both free throws. He seemed to deliver the dagger with a pull-up 3-pointer to extend the Cavs’ lead to 83-72 with 3:13 to play in the fourth quarter. He stopped and turned to Cleveland’s bench, taking out his mouthpiece and staring at the stunned and silent crowd.

But Golden State gave its fervent fans more reason to cheer.

Curry broke his 18-minute scoring drought with a 3-pointer during the Warriors’ furious rally, which he finished with a tying finger-roll with 7.2 seconds remaining.

Cleveland called timeout, and got James the ball isolated on Andre Iguodala at the top of the key. James drove hard to his left and his layup rimmed out, and Tristan Thompson’s tip missed to send the game to overtime.

“This is the finals. It’s hard. It’s supposed to be hard,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said. “We had a tough night. So you have to move on. You’ve got to learn from it and get better, and that’s what we’re going to do.”

NBA Finals – Warriors are the Betting Favorites?

NBA Finals, Warriors Betting Favorites to win NBA Finals



6, 2015, 4:30 PM EDT

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This is not a simple NBA
Finals to predict.

On one hand, the Golden State
Warriors have been the best team in the NBA all season — 67 wins, No. 2
offense and No. 1 defense in the land. They only lost three games in getting
out of the deep Western Conference in the playoffs. They have the MVP inStephen
 and the
versatility and depth to beat teams in a variety of ways.

On the other hand, the
Cavaliers have LeBron
. They also are a team playing their best defense of the season,
their role players are stepping up, and they dropped only two games in
getting out of the East.

Not surprisingly, the
Warriors are the betting favorites heading into the Finals, reports
online gambling site bovda.lv
. The Warriors are -200 to win the series,
meaning you have to bet $200 to win $100. The Cavaliers are +170, meaning
bet $100 and you win $170.

The fact there is a better
payout — and, again, LeBron James —has the money flowing in on

“I am a bit surprised how
one-sided the betting on the finals is with the Cavs taking close to 60
percent of the money,” said Kevin Bradley, the sports book manager
for Bovada.lv.

He added the popularity of
the teams in this series means his book will likely do double the business
they would have gotten from a Rockets/Hawks Finals.

As for Finals MVP… who do
you think are the two favorites?

Stephen Curry (GSW) 5/8

LeBron James (CLE) 17/10

 (GSW) 12/1

(CLE) 12/1

 (GSW) 14/1

 (CLE) 30/1

 (GSW) 40/1

 (CLE) 40/1

 (GSW) 100/1

 (GSW) 125/1

If you are betting on J.R.
or Iguodala to win
the NBA Finals MVP, just donate that money to charity. That way at least it
would do some good.

Winning at Sports Betting on NFL

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Sports Betting on NFL

Welcome to the first in a series on NFL sports betting that will examine some of the finer points in sports betting for newcomers to the idea of trying to get the edge on the bookie. Many of the ideas will be applicable to other sports betting, but we’ll be focusing on football. Much of this stuff will be old-hat to old-timers but I hope many people will get at least a few ideas from the articles.
The video is explaining how to win at NFL betting and why the bookmaker changes the line during the betting phase.

In sports betting, line movement is complicated and these are only the basics. Detailing line movements and other things a bookie can do to even up the betting would take pages. One thing that the bookie could do instead of moving the line is to say “It’s still 6.5 but Jets bettors have to lay $11.50 to win $10 and Patriots backers can lay only $10.50 to win $10.” This is called “moving the money instead of the line”. Think about this one. It’s especially common when the line is exactly 3 points, a football winning margin that actually occurs a lot.

Why do different places have different Lines on the same game?
Suppose you have access to several bookies and you find they have different lines, like:
Bookie A: Jets by 6.5 (from the Newspaper)
Bookie B: Jets by 6
Bookie C: Jets by 7
Everybody but the bookie who blindly follows the paper is trying to balance the Jets bets with the Patriots bets. Maybe Bookie B is in Boston so he is a little lopsided on people betting for the Patriots — so he’s trying to entice Jets bettors to step up. Maybe Bookie C is in the Bronx (so he has too much money on the Jets at 6.5), and maybe some clients bet favorite teams a lot instead of underdog teams, so they’re looking for more money on the Patriots right now.

In the above example if you like the Jets you’ll take your business to Bookie B because if the Jets win by exactly 7 you’re a winner, and if the Jets win by exactly 6, it’s the only shop at which you don’t lose. If you like the Patriots, in this example Bookie C is the place to play because the Patriots get more points as a head-start there.


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