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May 26, 2019

Trends to Watch - Game 1

NBA Finals Betting Trends - Game 1

-- The home team has gone 19-3 straight up in Game 1 of the last 22 NBA Finals.

-- Twelve of the last 15 victories have come by double digits.

-- The ‘under’ has gone 10-4-1 in the last 15 openers and is 14-7-1 in the previous 22.

-- In the last 22 years, we've only seen both teams score triple digits three times in Game 1 and all of those games went to overtime.

-- Toronto has gone 1-2 both straight up and against the spread in Game 1 of this year's playoffs, with two of the games played at Scotiabank Arena.

-- The Raptors are 8-2 straight up and 7-3 against the spread at home in this year's playoffs.

-- Golden State is 3-0 SU and 2-1 ATS in series openers, all decisions coming at home. In the first road game of a series in this year's playoffs, it has gone 2-1 both SU and ATS.

-- Overall, the Warriors have gone 6-2 SU and 4-4 ATS on the road in this year's postseason.

Listed below are the past 22 openers in the NBA Finals, with total results.

Game 1 of the NBA Finals (1997-2018)
Year Matchup Total
2018 Golden State 124 vs. Cleveland 114 (OT) Over (218)
2017 Golden State 113 vs. Cleveland 91 Under (225)
2016 Golden State 104 vs. Cleveland 89 Under (211)
2015 Golden State 108 vs. Cleveland 100 (OT) Over (203.5)
2014 San Antonio 110 vs. Miami 95 Over (198.5)
2013 Miami 88 vs. San Antonio 92 Under (190)
2012 Oklahoma City 105 vs. Miami 94 Over (195.5)
2011 Miami 92 vs. Dallas 84 Under (188)
2010 L.A. Lakers 102 vs. Boston 89 Push (191)
2009 L.A. Lakers 100 vs. Orlando 75 Under (205.5)
2008 Boston 98 vs. L.A. Lakers 88 Under (191.5)
2007 San Antonio 85 vs. Cleveland 76 Under (179.5)
2006 Dallas 90 vs. Miami 80 Under (194)
2005 San Antonio 84 vs. Detroit 69 Under (176)
2004 L.A. Lakers 75 vs. Detroit 87 Under (171)
2003 San Antonio 101 vs. New Jersey 89 Over (187)
2002 L.A. Lakers 99 vs. New Jersey 94 Over (191)
2001 L.A. Lakers 101 vs. Philadelphia 107 (OT) Over (191)
2000 L.A. Lakers 104 vs. Indiana 87 Under (194)
1999 San Antonio 89 vs. New York 77 Under (172)
1998 Utah 88 vs. Chicago 85 (OT) Under (186)
1997 Chicago 84 vs. Utah 82 Under (190.5)



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