To a lot of media observers, the first three rounds of the NBA playoffs are just about waiting for Golden State and Cleveland to meet in the Finals for a third straight year. Both teams validated that confidence with first-round sweeps, but from a betting perspective, they each looked different in doing so.

I noted after Cleveland’s first two games against Indiana that they had failed to cover the number and delved into the reasons why. Things improved a bit in Games 3 & 4, but not by much. The Cavs got their only clean ATS win of the…