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  • Betcris.com The Golden State Warriors are the defending NBA champions and the team to beat once again as the 2018-19 regular season approaches. The Warriors were pushed to the brink in the Western Conference Finals by the Houston Rockets but came away with the series victory and then dominated LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers in the   More

  • Betcris.com What the Golden State Warriors are doing is almost unfair. Their abundance of riches was on full display Wednesday night putting them a win away from sweeping the Cleveland Cavaliers for a repeat of their title and their third O’Brien Trophy in four seasons. Kevin Durant outdueled LeBron James and the Cavs couldn’t defend their home, where they had won eight straight prior to Game 3. The Dubs can put Cleveland out of its misery with a win on Friday and put an end to what has become a one-sided rivalry in favor of the team from NorCal.   More

  • Betcris.com Still riding high on the gift they got in Game 1, the Golden State Warriors were blistering hot on Sunday, using a NBA Finals record nine three-pointers from Stephen Curry to subdue the Cleveland Cavaliers and take a commanding 2-0 series lead. The Cavs overcame a 0-2 deficit to beat the Boston Celtics in the Eastern Conference Final, winning Game 3 of that series at home. They’ll need to repeat that scenario to have any chance of winning the O’Brien Trophy. And they will need LeBron James to keep his unbelievable postseason going. After scoring 51 points in the opener, James was limited to 29 on Sunday and the Cavs never led.   More

  • Betcris.com The Cleveland Cavaliers can’t ask LeBron James to do more than he did in Game 1. With the King dropping 51 points the Cavs still succumbed to the defending champion Golden State Warriors in overtime, losing the first game of the Championship series on the Dubs home floor in all four years they’ve gotten together. Entering the contest as a big underdog, the Cavs were right there with a chance to win the game, only to have a missed free throw and an offensive rebound go awry. Cleveland will try to regroup for Game 2 on Sunday.   More

  • Betcris.com The age of parity hasn’t hit the NBA yet. There were some struggles through the regular season for both clubs, but in the end the LeBron James-led Cleveland Cavaliers and the Golden State Warriors will meet in the NBA Finals for a fourth consecutive season. The Celtics and Lakers have played for the NBA title 17 times but they’ve never met in four straight seasons. In fact, there has never been the same matchup of teams in three consecutive seasons until the Dubs and Cavs met last year. In his 15th season in the league James is playing his best basketball and will have a few days of rest before trying to take down the defending champions.   More

  • Betcris.com It’s a brand new series after the Cleveland Cavaliers held serve and won both outings at the Q. But in order for the Cavs to reach a fourth straight NBA Finals, they will need to win at least one game on the parquet floor. And the Boston Celtics haven’t been the most gracious hosts this postseason, winning all nine games at the Garden. But the Cavs have one thing the Celtics don’t, and LeBron James is all too familiar with the path to the Finals. The Eastern Conference Final has been reduced to a best-of-three and the Celtics look to regroup with another home win on Wednesday.   More

  • Betcris.com Welcome to the Western Conference Final Stephen Curry. The two-time MVP was on the floor in Houston, but he didn’t do much, at least by his standards. Curry tiptoed through the first half on Sunday and he came alive in the third quarter when the Golden State Warriors ran away from the Houston Rockets to take a 2-1 series lead. Curry scored 35 points, exceeding his output from the first two games combined, and the Dubs slapped the Rockets with their worst playoff loss. In order to even the series the Rockets will have to end the Warriors NBA record 16-game home playoff winning streak on Wednesday.   More

  • Betcris.com If LeBron James really is Superman, he better exit the phone booth on Saturday to help save the Cleveland Cavaliers season. Following their sweep of the top-seeded Raptors in the second round, it looked as though the Cavs had put things together for another run to the Finals. But the Boston Celtics have something to say about that, and they’re looking to avenge a drubbing in last year’s Eastern Conference Final. The Cs stayed undefeated at the Garden this postseason by winning the first two games, but they haven’t been nearly as deadly on the road. And that gives the Cavs hope they can climb back into the series by taking Game 3.   More

  • Tuesday, May 15th, 2018

    NBA Odds – Golden State Warriors vs Rockets Game 2 Preview

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    Betcris.com The Golden State Warriors are built for the postseason, and they’re sending the NBA a message that they aren’t ready to give up their spot as league champion. The Dubs opened a playoff series on the road for the first time since 2014, but that didn’t seem to bother them in a 119-106 takedown of the top-seeded Houston Rockets in Game 1 of the Western Conference Final on Monday night. In the last three postseasons, the Warriors are 33-7 against teams from the Western Conference.   More

  • Betcris.com The Golden State Warriors were hit by malaise and injuries during the regular season, which is how they finished as the No. 2 seed in the Western Conference behind the Houston Rockets. They are hoping the lack of home court advantage doesn’t come back to bite them now that the teams are meeting in the Western Conference Finals.   More

  • Betcris.com The Philadelphia 76ers were favored to win both of their first two Eastern Conference Semifinals games on the road against the Boston Celtics, but didn’t get it done in either. The 76ers head home as a favorite once again, but another upset loss would put their season in peril.   More

  • Betcris.com The New Orleans weren’t intimidated by being an underdog in their first round matchup against the Portland Trail Blazers, dominating from start to finish with a four-game sweep to reach the Western Conference Semifinals. They will be the underdogs once again in the second round, but this time it would be a monumental upset if they can advance again.   More

  • Betcris.com One of the most competitive series of the opening round is expected to be the No. 4 Oklahoma City Thunder against the No. 5 Utah Jazz, and so far it has lived up to that billing. The teams split a pair of games in Oklahoma City and now will head to Utah for Game 3.   More

  • Betcris.com There are plenty of series that should be competitive in the first round of the NBA playoffs, but there may not be a more intriguing one than the No. 4 seed Oklahoma CIty Thunder against the No. 5 seed Utah Jazz in the Western Conference.   More

  • Betcris.com The Houston Rockets have looked like the best team in the NBA for most of the season, but the Oklahoma City Thunder may be catching a break when they face off this weekend. The Rockets have already wrapped up the best record in the NBA and could choose to rest some players down the stretch. If that happens the Thunder will have a much better chance at winning this Game of the Week.   More

  • Betcris.com The Cleveland Cavaliers may be the most famous team in the Eastern Conference, but they are going to enter the postseason no better than the No. 3 seed. The two teams ahead of them -- the Raptors and the Celtics -- will face off this week in a big-time conference showdown on national television, making it a must-watch game of the week.   More

  • Betcris.com The Golden State Warriors are the best team in the NBA when healthy. But right now, they are a long way from full strength. The Warriors have all four of their stars currently dealing with injuries which has completely shifted the NBA basketball betting odds on their current matchup. The Utah Jazz would love to take advantage by capturing a victory when these teams face off in a nationally televised matchup this week.   More

  • Betcris.com The Western Conference playoff race is a muddled scene currently, with several different teams not only jockeying for position but also to qualify for the postseason. Two games with a lot on the line will be shown on national television over the weekend.   More

  • Betcris.comThe San Antonio Spurs and Oklahoma City both expected to be among the best teams in the Western Conference this year, but are instead battling for their playoff lives. Each team is currently in the top eight seeds but the Clippers and Jazz are lurking close enough to make things uncomfortable for any team in the West that goes on a skid. The Spurs will hit the road to face the Thunder in a nationally televised contest.  More

  • Betcris.comThe Golden State Warriors are the team to beat in the NBA, but the Houston Rockets are showing they are a worthy challenger. Houston continues to hold a slight lead over Golden State for the best record in the NBA and can stay there with a big win this week over the Boston Celtics in a nationally televised affair. The Celtics are right on Toronto’s tail for the top seed in the East so this game has huge implications for both sides.  More

  • Friday, February 23rd, 2018

    NBA Games Feature Thunder at Warriors and Spurs at Cavaliers

    By Anonymous

    Betcris.comThe next iteration of the Russell Westbrook vs. Kevin Durant rivalry will be held on Saturday when the Oklahoma City Thunder travel to face the Golden State Warriors. The star duo could never quite get over the hump together in OKC so Durant went and won a title with the Warriors last season. Westbrook now has Paul George and Carmelo Anthony as his sidekicks as they would love to pull an upset in one of the NBA Games of the Week.  More

  • Friday, February 16th, 2018

    NBA All-Star Game Preview

    By Anonymous

    Betcris.comThe NBA All-Star game has gotten a revamp, with the teams now split up based on choices by team captains. Superstars LeBron James and Stephen Curry were given the honor of choosing players, which is a departure from the past format which pitted the Western Conference All-Stars against their Eastern Conference foes.  More

  • Friday, February 9th, 2018

    NBA Games - Clippers at Pistons and Spurs at Warriors

    By Anonymous

    Betcris.comThe NBA Games of the Week include one that may not have meant much a few weeks ago but now is quite intriguing. The other is a classic rivalry in the West that could once again be a preview of a heavyweight playoff showdown.  More

  • Betcris.comIf you were looking for drama in the 2016-17 NBA season, you didn't find any of it. The chalk literally held up throughout the entire season, right down to the Golden State Warriors beating the Cleveland Cavaliers in a predictable five games. There weren't many Game 7s to speak of and was only just one upset in the entire postseason, that coming when the Utah Jazz ousted the Los Angeles Clippers in the first round – not that that mattered with the winner of that series running into Golden State in Round 2.  More

  • Betcris.comThere's no stopping the Golden State Warriors when they're at their best. They're now 14-0 in the postseason, and though they won't quite be favorites to win both Games 3 and 4 as a parlay, they'll be favored in each game together back at Quicken Loans Arena against the Cleveland Cavaliers starting on Wednesday night.  More

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