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(35-9) Golden State Warriors vs. Cleveland Cavaliers (26-16)
Date: Monday January 15
Time: 8:00PM EST
Venue: Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland, Ohio
NBA Moneyline Odds: off
NBA Betting Odds: Warriors -5
NBA Betting Total: 230.5
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The marquee match of the NBA Martin Luther King Jr. Day schedule features last year’s finalists. Golden State arrive after narrowly escaping a victory in Toronto. Cleveland is reeling having lost .three in-a-row.
Last season, the squads split their season series and Golden State took home the championship to take a 2-1 edge in the Finals series of the past three seasons. The Warriors hold the all-time record having bested the Cavaliers in 58 of their 110 matches.
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The Warriors bring a 12 game road win streak to Cleveland, yet it’s likely they’ll have other motivation to win. Despite the Cavaliers current struggles pundits still presume these two squads will be aligning in June for part four of their consecutive finals showdowns.
In the Christmas Day match the Warriors got the victory in a low scoring affair (99-92). Stephen Curry did not play in that game, but will be back and ready to send a message.
Golden State is likely the wearier of the two squads with this game being their fourth in six days. Curry should have relatively fresh legs having just returned to the lineup. The key matchup will be Kevin Durant versus LeBron James as the league’s best two small forwards align.
In the Christmas match Draymond Green produced a triple-double, Durant scored 25 and Klay Thompson connected on 4-7 triples to register 24 points.
Timing is everything and the Cavaliers are likely cursing the schedule makers as the Warriors arrive. Cleveland are 3-7 in the past 10 games (2 vs. lottery teams). The concern is all stemming from a terrible defense which ranks 29th in the Association.
In spite of the loss to the Pacers (and coughing up a 22 point lead) Cleveland had positives to pull from. It was the first time since playing the Warriors on Christmas they held a team under 100 points. In the three games prior to Indiana the Cavs allowed their opponents to score an average of 129 points. That’s a scary proposition considering the Warriors are the top ranked offense in the NBA.
With Isaiah Thomas back, the Cavaliers have struggled to figure out how to utilize the diminutive point guard in their rotation. After seven months off the court it’s understandable there will be rust as Thomas finds his rhythm. In the interim although his scoring will come (he connected on just two of his 15 shot attempts in Toronto) his presence on the court is only serving to exacerbate the Cavaliers porous defense.
NBA Betting Trends:
- Over is 7-1 in the Warriors last 8 games as a favorite.
- Cavaliers are 6-22-1 ATS in their last 29 home games.
- Cavaliers are 16-34-1 ATS in their last 51 games overall.
- Over is 6-2 in the last 8 head to head meetings in Cleveland.
- Home team is 6-2 ATS in the last 8 head to head meetings.
Free Golden State Warriors vs. Cleveland Cavaliers NBA Prediction: Warriors deliver a message
Generally speaking elite teams don’t put too much emphasis on one loss or win in the regular season. But, the Cavaliers are dealing with arguably their worst run since LeBron James returned. Therefore it’s imperative the Cavaliers are competitive in this match and make a concerted effort defensively.
Conversely, the Warriors could lose and even get blown out and point to being road weary. On the other hand, the Warriors could jump on Cleveland and deliver a major message via a thorough thumping. The fact oddsmakers have the over/under listed at 230.5 speaks to the fact no one believes Cleveland can stop Golden State from scoring.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Warriors -5
Unless the referees decide to call every foul and slow this game to a crawl and in spite of the Warriors being tired I simply don’t have faith in anyone other than LeBron can produce two-way efforts and more importantly defend.
Guaranteed the mandate from Lue will be to defend. Pregame pressers featured Cavs players saying they need to take pride and just win. So, imagine what a beat down by the Warriors would do to the Cavaliers psyche.
NBA Free Score Prediction: Warriors 130 – Cavaliers 110
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