Game 1 of the NBA Finals went pretty much the way all NBA betting fans expected, and left many wondering just how quickly the Warriors would be able to dispose of a battered and bruised Cleveland Cavaliers. Two games later, the question that is being asked is if Cleveland, who have a 2-1 series lead, can be David to the warriors Goliath.
Golden State vs Cleveland: NBA Betting Preview
Time: Thursday, 9 p.m. ET
Venue: Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland
National TV: ABC
Opening line: Warriors -3 (193)
The approach that the Cavaliers are taking in the absence of shooters like Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving is pretty obvious. They are playing physical and allowing LeBron James to use that aspect of his game to boss the offense. To say that this tactic is working is putting things mildly. Harrison Barnes seems to be unable to do anything to stop James every time he strides into the paint. These wining efforts are not all about what LeBron is doing, though, as the lack of offense from Curry and Thompson is all about the gritty play of Matthew Dellavedova. Add the rebounding efforts from J.R. Smith, and you are left looking at a Cleveland team that simply seems to want it more. It can be argued that they style of play that they employed with Love and Irving in the line-up played more into the hands of the Warriors, but you can bet that they would still like to have those guys on the court coming down this final stretch.
Key Betting Trends
Golden State is 17-5 SU in its last 22 games
The total has gone UNDER in 12 of Golden State’s last 15 games
Golden State is 10-5 SU in its last 15 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Golden State’s last 7 games on the road
Golden State is 10-5 ATS in its last 15 games when playing Cleveland
Cleveland is 6-2 ATS in its last 8 games
Cleveland is 9-1 SU in its last 10 games
Cleveland is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Cleveland’s last 5 games at home
Cleveland is 5-2 ATS in its last 7 games when playing Golden State
Consider This Before Placing Your Bets
Game 4 has become something of a must win for the Warriors, and they really need to start playing with a little desperation. I think they can find that, and will head back to Oakland with this series tied at 2-2.