Golden State Warriors (58-24) vs Cleveland Cavaliers (50-32)Date : 06/08/2018
Time : 9:00 PM ET
Location : Quicken Loans Arena
Pick, Prediction, & Preview:
Golden State Warriors vs Cleveland Cavaliers
Game 4 of the NBA Finals resumes Friday night, the Cavs will do all they can to avoid getting swept on their home floor while the Warriors will have the opportunity to close this series out on the road and become back to back champions.
Golden State Warriors's Latest Performance :
The Warriors were able to take charge of this series by stealing game 3 on the road in Cleveland, they have proven time and time again that this team is stacked with talent despite Curry having one of his worst shooting night of the Finals the Warriors were still managed to beat the Cavs on the road. Curry finished the game shooting 1 for 10 from distance, 3 for 16 from the floor he finished the game with only 10 points, Klay Thompson only had 11 points in game 3.
Kevin Durant put this Warriors team on his back in game 3 as he scored 43 points grabbed 13 boards and dished out 7 assists. He was doing everything for the Warriors in game 3, he noticed that he had to be the player to step up because the splash brothers weren’t able to get it going at all in the game. He took the ball and dominated anyone that was guarding him he was making tough shots look easy. For a 6’11 player to shoot anywhere from the floor that is unreal. He hit a shot late 4th quarter to ice the game for the Warriors.
Andre Iguodala made his return after sitting out a knee injury he had an immediate impact on the game he finished with 8 points including a poster dunk on Thompson in 21 minutes of playing time he was +14 when he was on the floor tonight. Having Iguodala back on the team allows him to pick up LeBron James and try to wear him down. The Warriors defense was superb tonight, they were able to switch multiple players on to LeBron making him work hard for his points when Stephen Curry went to the bench the Warriors defense actually got better because there was no longer a mismatch on the floor that forces LeBron to become a passer instead of a scorer.
For the Warriors to sweep the Cavs the splash brothers will have to show up and do their thing, Klay and Steph are too good of a shooter to allow one bad game to bother them, they will be ready for an opportunity to sweep the Cavs on their home floor. Kevin Durant will continue to get his shots as he has been unstoppable in this final.
Player to Watch: Stephen Curry, he will look to bounce back after a horrific shooting night in order to close the series on the road and help his team win back to back titles. It will be statement game for Curry on the road.
Cleveland Cavaliers's Latest Performance :
The Cavs were not able to protect their home floor as the team defense did not show up in game 3 they gave up wide open layups and dunks to the Warriors. The Cavs are simply being outplayed by the Warriors in this series anything the Cavs do the Warriors can counter since the very first game until game 3. Although LeBron was able to drop a triple-double he had 33 points 10 rebounds and 11 assists while Rodney Hood had 15 points off the bench. The Cavs looks demoralized when Kevin Durant hit the dagger to ice the game. It is going to be tough for the Cavs to come back from a shot like that.
Kyle Korver said it best in his post-game interview: the Warriors have their stars hitting the 3 ball but the Cavs must rely on their role players to make 3’s. There is much more pressure for the role players to make big shots when the game is on the line. In basketball, it is all about matchups when it comes to the game of basketball and the Cavs simply don’t have an answer for Kevin Durant in this series.
For the Cavs to avoid the sweep the role players must bring their A-game because LeBron will put them in the position to score there are no more secrets that is how you beat the Warriors you simply have to outshoot them because the Cavs got no big man who can dominate and score in the paint.
Player to watch: LeBron James, this might be Lebron’s final game in a Cavs uniform so I expect him to give the city of Cleveland everything he got.
How Golden State Warriors & Cleveland Cavaliers Matchup.
Vegas Odds, Offshore Odds, & Odds ATS:
Cavaliers are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games following an ATS loss.
Warriors are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 when their opponent scores 100 points or more in their previous game.
Against The Spread Selection: Golden State Warriors
My reason for the pick :
The Golden State Warriors will sweep the Cleveland Cavaliers as the Warriors will become world champions once again. The splash brothers will be able to bounce back from their bad shooting night to shoot lights out in game 4, the Cavs won’t have an Answer for Kevin Durant he will continue to dominate once again. LeBron James will do all he can for the Cavs but he will come up just short, it is hard for one player to compete against a team with 4 all-stars. LeBron will be back to face this Warriors team but with a different supporting crew.
Warriors to win back to back titles and Kevin Durant wins Finals MVP.
Betting trends for Golden State Warriors:
- Warriors are 7-21-1 ATS in their last 29 games following a straight up win of more than 10 points.
Betting trends for Cleveland Cavaliers:
- Cavaliers are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games vs. a team with a winning straight up record.