Free NBA Pick: Cavaliers vs Warriors NBA Odds
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Date: Thursday May 31
Time: 9:00PM EST
Venue: Oracle Arena, Oakland, California
NBA Moneyline Odds: Warriors -1000, Cavaliers +650
NBA Betting Odds: Warriors -12.5
NBA Betting Total: 214.5
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After a couple of game sevens that could have given us anything but a repeat we are back to Warriors and Cavaliers except this time there appears to be little chance for Cleveland. LeBron looks all alone out there at times and it likely isn’t enough.
The odds say it is David against Goliath and I get it but my hunch is that it will be more competitive than we think.
The Warriors are just so good at ripping off those spurts and leaving a team in their dust.
It is hard to come up with more superlatives for LeBron James. Even though most are not giving the Cavaliers much of a chance you can sort of see it…right?
Key will be whether Cleveland can get anything out of Kevin Love. He is still dealing with his head injury and is especially important in this series because he can be such a good scorer.
Jeff Green has been getting the extra minutes in his absence and has played well but doesn’t have the same ceiling. Plus moving him to the starting lineup takes away some of their depth.
For the Cavs to win they are going to have to knock down some shots and that puts the focus on the likes of JR Smith and Kyle Korver. They both have to shoot well, not just one.
LeBron is going to have to play more defense in this series and his ability to do so and still bring everything they need him to do on offense is going to be a big challenge.
Golden State Warriors
Even though they seemed disinterested during the regular season it is not suprising that Golden State is right back in the Finals. No team can put our a foursome like Steph Curry, Kevin Durant, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green.
As they showed against Houston Curry and Durant are truly elite, especially KD. A lot of the shots they made as they pulled away in the series win against Houston were well defended. They are just elite scorers.
If there is one disturbing trend for Golden State is that they seem to not get off to great starts. I am not sure why but maybe a team with the likes of LeBron would actually be able to prevent them from coming all the way back.
NBA Betting Trends:
- Under is 4-0 in Cavaliers last 4 road games vs. a team with a winning home record.
- Over is 4-0 in Cavaliers last 4 NBA Championship games.
- Under is 4-0 in Cavaliers last 4 road games vs. a team with a home winning % of greater than .600.
- Under is 4-0 in Warriors last 4 home games.
- Under is 5-0 in Warriors last 5 games vs. a team with a winning % above .600.
- Under is 5-0 in Warriors last 5 overall.
Free Cleveland Cavaliers NBA Prediction:
I am still struggling with the numbers we are seeing for this series. I am not into the Cavs but they are kind of daring you to take them.
It looks like early ticket counts are leaning that way but it still feels tricky based on the ceiling of te Warriors at their best, they have a gear no other team does.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Over 214.5
I can see the Warriors losing this one but hope after some sluggish games by both teams last round this one really opens up.
NBA Free Score Prediction: Warriors 118 – Cavaliers 106
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