NBA Finals Betting: Cavs in No Hurry At All

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It is not uncommon at all, when you watch college basketball, for a team that plays a very slow, deliberate brand of basketball to frustrate a more up-tempo squad and keep them off balance. They reduce the number of possessions; they are able to get back on defense and avoid getting burned by the fast-break, and they often devise a strategy to make the “fast” team take more time than they intended on the offensive end.

That works in the NBA too, and it is part of what is happening with the Cleveland Cavaliers in this year’s playoffs. Those Vietbet customers engaging in NBA finals betting who thought that the Golden State Warriors were going to upset that strategy have been surprised somewhat.

We’ve only been through two games thus far, but it is clear that when it comes to the battle of “tempo,” Cleveland is winning. The first game between these teams went to overtime, and that is the only way it went over the total. And in Sunday night’s second game, it stayed under the posted number, even though it went an extra session.

So obviously you are seeing a lower number for Game 3 between these two squads, which takes place at 9 PM ET at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland. But it still looks as if the oddsmakers at Vietbet aren’t giving the Cavaliers all the respect they deserve:

Golden State Warriors -1.5
Cleveland Cavaliers +1.5

Over 194 points -110
Under 194 points -110

Excuse us for exploring territory we have traversed before, but we think it’s important. Part of staying competitive in these playoff games involves dictating the pace. And that is an official NBA statistic, in case you were not aware. PACE is measured as an estimate of the number of possessions per 48 minutes. It simply gives you an indication of how fast the team plays.

Well, during the regular season, no team played at a faster average pace than the Warriors, who averaged 98.3 possessions per 48 minutes. In fact, there was a gap of almost two possessions between them and the second team on the list, the Houston Rockets. At the other end of the spectrum, almost, were the Cavaliers, who averaged 92.3 possessions per 48 minutes. And according to the NBA stats, only five teams were “slower” than they were.

For the information of Vietbet patrons, the team that played the slowest in the NBA was the Utah Jazz, at 90.4. And what we have here, in the first two games of the NBA Finals, is a pace that is actually slower then what the slowest team in the league put together. Between Cleveland and Golden State, they have averaging 88.9 possessions per 48 minutes, and it is safe to say that greatly favors the Cavs. What they have done is take up as much of the allotted time as they possibly can, which is keeping with what they have done throughout the entire playoffs, as 24% of their attempts have come in the last six seconds of the shot clock.

And they are making Golden State work harder than usual to get off their own shots. In fact, the Warriors had only 83 field goal attempts in Game 2, and remember that this is a club that has gotten off 17.6% of its initial field goal attempts in the FIRST six seconds of the shot clock.

When you further consider that Cleveland is allowing opponents to shoot 41.3% overall in these playoffs, and that the Warriors are just 29% beyond the arc, AND that the Cavaliers are 26-2 in their last 28 home games, you may just have yourself a little value with the home team getting a point and a half on Tuesday night.

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Charles Jay

CHARLES JAY, a contributor to, is one of the most experienced sports betting writers in America, as he has written more than 10,000 pieces specifically for the industry over the last seven years. At one time employed as an editorial consultant with USA Network, he is also a former syndicated radio talk show host (American Radio Networks) and has also done color commentary on boxing events in the past for Prime Network (now known as Fox SportsNet). He is a veteran of more than a decade and a half working within the professional sports industry, and has been handicapping sporting events for over 25 years. In addition to this, he has compiled specialty odds for a number of online sportsbook operations and media outlets.

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