Steph Curry hit a big three-pointer to end the first half in Game 1 of the 2018 NBA Finals. His 38-foot shot helped the Warriors tie the game at 56-56 and gave Golden State momentum against Cleveland going into the half.
Of course, this isn’t the first time that Curry has made an insane long-range shot. He’s hit countless other 30 and 40-footers in his career. But this one had major implications for two reasons:
1) It’s Curry’s longest three-point make in NBA Finals history.
2) It turned the tide on many Game 1 Finals half-time bets.
According to ESPN, the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook line closed at 110.5. Many GTBets patrons also took a similar line before game time.
The under looked like a heavy favorite here, with the score sitting at 56-53 (109 total) and just seconds remaining. Kevin Durant threw a long pass to Curry from about three-fourths court. Cavs guard J.R. Smith missed on a steal attempt, giving Curry a wide-open look to do what he does best — make seemingly impossible shots.
He released the ball with less than a second left. And the made shot pushed the total to 112, giving the over bettors a win.
As mentioned before, this is the farthest shot that Curry has made in the NBA Finals. And it’s the third-longest make in an NBA Finals contest within the past two decades.
According to @LVSuperBook, the first half over-under closed at 110.5 – so Stephen Curry's buzzer-beating 3 hit the over.
That 38-foot shot was also the longest made field goal of Stephen Curry's Finals career and the 3rd-longest made field goal over the last 20 NBA Finals. pic.twitter.com/wXbtTGDxbs
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) June 1, 2018
Curry’s Overall Game 1 Performance was Excellent
The buzzer beater was just one highlight on a great night for Curry. He scored 29 points on 11-of-23 shooting, including 5-of-11 from three-point range. He also chipped in nine assists and six rebounds on the night.
Of course, these types of offensive performances are common for Curry. But what some raved about was his defense against LeBron James.
A Golden State Warriors fan blog pointed out how James failed to score each time he was isolated against Curry. The common perception is that Curry is too small to guard LeBron. But thanks to quality help defense from his opponents, the 6’3″ guard did well against the larger opponent.
What to Expect in Game 2 of Cavs Warriors 2018 Finals
Few gave the Cavs a chance to compete with Golden State in this series. However, they made the first contest close thanks to a monster game from LeBron, who scored 51 points.
Our GTBets odds don’t give Cleveland much of a chance of winning Game 2. We currently have the Cavs pegged at -11.5 on the spread and +526 on the moneyline. Meanwhile, the Warriors are at +11.5 and -836.
The overmatched Cavs will need more heroic performances from James to stay in the series. It’ll be interesting to see if they can once again compete at Oracle Arena, where Golden State has now won 16 straight games.