Updated NBA Finals Odds: Cleveland Makes a Statement
Entering Game 2 of the NBA Finals, few were giving the Cavaliers a chance. Already without Kevin Love and now without Kyrie Irving, how was LeBron James supposed to carry this squad over one of the best teams we've seen in a long, long time?
We learned the answer to that question last night, as LeBron and company played incredible defense on their way to an overtime victory, making the series a 1-1 tie.
Entering the contest, per our numbers, Golden State had an 88.38% chance of winning the championship. And now, while their odds are still good, they're definitely not as strong as they were.
Golden State Warriors win in 5: 20.76%
Golden State Warriors win in 6: 24.39%
Golden State Warriors win in 7: 26.41%
Golden State Warriors win series: 71.56%
Cleveland Cavaliers win in 5: 5.67%
Cleveland Cavaliers win in 6: 12.8%
Cleveland Cavaliers win in 7: 9.97%
Cleveland Cavaliers win series: 28.44%
It's still an uphill battle for Cleveland, but last night's victory was pretty huge.