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.
Cavs vs. Warriors Game 5
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LeBron in Elimination Games