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(0-1) Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Golden State Warriors (1-0)
Date: Sunday June 3
Time: 8:00PM EST
Venue: Oracle Arena, Oakland, California
NBA Moneyline Odds: Warriors -700, Cavaliers +500
NBA Betting Odds: Warriors -11.5
NBA Betting Total: 215.5
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Game one was a wild one. Any game in a Finals situation that goes to overtime is likely to have a lot to it but this one especially had a lot of storylines. The first among them was that the Cavaliers seem to have squandered their best hope of winning a game at Oracle Arena, they need at least one.
Golden State played well, at times, but were hardly world beaters or else this thing would not have gone to overtime. I expect they will be better in game two.
LeBron James scored 51 points, the most ever scored in a Finals during a losing effort. I know this one was tight but you can see how there could be a lot of those kinds of records in this series.
He was two points and two rebounds away from a triple double but it still wasn’t enough. His supporting cast did not make plays when he needed them too.
JR Smith is getting killed for his boneheaded play at the end of regulation but there is no guarantee they would have won. It just looks bad. What also looks bad is his 3 for 10 shooting and -22, worst on the club.
This game is pretty interesting for coach Ty Lue. Does he really have a gameplan for how to thwart the Warriors or does he just have the best player on the planet. My hunch is the latter.
However, we saw for a chunk of the game that Cleveland was very prepared for what Golden State was doing. They just faded in some of the biggest moments. Lack of preparation?
Golden State Warriors
The Warriors are the best team in the NBA. Even though they might have had some lags during the regular season there is no doubt they have the highest ceiling of any team and when they are at their best, watch out. That being said I do not understand why they have struggled to put together more complete games in the playoffs.
The beauty of the Warriors is how they can spread the scoring around, not being overly reliant on any one player. In game one Steph Curry, Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson all scored 24 or more points and you can make the case that Thompson had the best game making half of his shots, including five threes.
Not to be undersold is the play of Draymond Green. He was one assist shy of a triple double and is one of the few players in the league willing to stand up to LeBron. That gives Golden State an edge too.
NBA Betting Trends:
- Over is 5-0 in Cavaliers last 5 NBA Championship games.
Cavaliers are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games vs. a team with a winning % above .600.
Cavaliers are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games vs. a team with a winning straight up record.
- Warriors are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games playing on 2 days rest.
Under is 4-0 in Warriors last 4 Sunday games.
Over is 5-0 in Warriors last 5 NBA Championship games.
Free Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Golden State Warriors NBA Prediction:
The OT win by Golden State did not impact the starting line much for this one – the Warriors are still very heavy favourite. If they get off to a good start it could be ugly.
I went with the over in G1. It cashed but needed overtime to do so and now the total is a point higher, at least to start. I will watch it carefully.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Golden State -11.5
I am predicting that LeBron won’t be able to stick his fingers in the dam for this one. Off the demoralizing loss things get a little ugly.
NBA Free Score Prediction: Warriors 111 – Cavaliers 94
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