LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers face elimination in Game 5 of the NBA Finals. This is nothing new for the Cavs after coming back from down 3-1 in last years Final to win the title. The Golden State Warriors are big favorites tonight but that is ok, LeBron covers in elimination games.

The Warriors are 8.5-point favorites in Game 5. At the time of publication Golden State is receiving 64% of spreads bets and spread dollars to cover.

LeBron has faced elimination 19 times in his playoff career. With his back against the wall, King James’ teams are 11-8 straight-up and 12-7 against-the-spread.

Since 2012, when LeBron won his first championship, he is 9-2 straight-up and 8-3 against-the-spread in elimination games.

In NBA Finals elimination games LeBron is 6-4 straight-up and against-the-spread.

If the Cavs can force a Game 6, the Finals return to Cleveland. The lookahead line for that game is Cleveland -4. Hopefully the series goes six games, LeBron is 7-1 straight-up and 6-2 against-the-spread as a home favorite in an elimination game.

Cleveland is attempting to become the first team to rally from down 0-3 to win the title. The Cavs are down but not out. LeBron might not win tonight but he has proven he can cover in elimination games and that is all bettors can ask.


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LeBron in Elimination Games

SeasonDateGameOpponentWonCover
2017428954WarriorsYesYes
2016425407WarriorsYesYes
2016425376WarriorsYesYes
2016425345WarriorsYesYes
2015421716Warriors
2014418055Spurs
2013414457SpursYesYes
2013414436SpursYes
2013414287PacersYesYes
2012410697CelticsYesYes
2012410676CelticsYesYes
2011407066Mavericks
2010403116Celtics
2009399636Magic
2009399615MagicYesYes
2008395867CelticsYes
2008395846CelticsYesYes
2007392474SpursYes
2006388587Pistons