Cavaliers public support reaching historical levels

LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers have flipped the proverbial switch and are rolling through the Eastern Conference playoffs. After a first-round sweep of the Indiana Pacers and grabbing an easy 2-0 series lead against the Toronto Raptors, the public has undoubtedly taken notice. Not only are bettors backing the Cavaliers, they’re backing them at historic levels.

At the time of publication, 86% of spread tickets have taken Cleveland, easily making it the most lopsided NBA playoff game in our database. In fact, since 2005 only four NBA playoff teams have reached the 80% mark:

Date Team Opponent Spread Action
5/5/17 Cleveland Cavaliers Toronto Raptors 86%*
4/26/08 Boston Celtics Atlanta Hawks 81%
4/28/07 Detroit Pistons Orlando Magic 80%
4/28/05 Miami Heat Brooklyn Nets 80%
4/17/05 Phoenix Suns Memphis Grizzlies 81%

*Spread percentage at the time of publication.

While the sample size is certainly way too small to derive meaningful conclusions, it is interesting to note that all four teams receiving 80% of more of spread tickets failed to cover the spread.

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