The reports of the Cleveland Cavaliers demise may have been a little premature, as they are back in the NBA Finals series with a commanding Game 3 win. To say that they needed that was is something of an understatement, especially since they had looked totally overmatched in the opening 2 games on the road. Whenever a series enters Game 4 with one of the teams holding a 2-1 lead, it automatically becomes the most important game in the series. The simple fact of the matter is that the team who is behind, which in this case is the Cavs, will either tie things up and make a real series of it, or they will find themselves on the brink of elimination when they head back out on the road. It goes without saying that Cleveland needs the win in Game 4, but you have to wonder if the Warriors will look as sluggish as they did last time out when they hook up on Friday night. You can keep up to date with the NBA betting odds for this one at MyBookie.ag.
How To Bet the Warriors @ Cavaliers NBA Finals Game 4 Odds, TV & Game Info
When: Friday, June 10 at 9 PM EST
Where: Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland
NBA Odds: TBA
Why bet on the Golden State Warriors
Like any good team leader, Stephen Curry is shouldering much of the blame for the Warriors 120-90 loss in Game 3. While his 19 points were well below what we expect from him, there is a lot of blame to go around. This is not an uncommon type of loss in a playoff series, though, as teams who head back home with a 2-0 series deficit to overcome tend to play with a real sense of urgency. Combine that with the other team perhaps being a little too confident and you end up with the recipe for what happened in Cleveland the other night. The Warriors are too good a team to play that badly twice in a row, so watch for a big bounce back game on Friday.
Why bet on the Cleveland Cavaliers
The Cavaliers must have been starting to have nightmares about last year when they learned that Levin Love was going to miss Game 3 with a concussion. He and Kyrie Irving were forced to sit in the Finals last season, and it ended up costing Cleveland a legitimate shot at the crown. This time around, though, it can be argued that the loss of Love may actually have helped. The Cavs are a better team defensively without him in the line-up, and holding the Warriors to just 90 points may well be proof of that. If he is healthy again, don’t expect Love to sit in Game 4, though, as he is still an integral part of the success of this team.
My Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction
None of the first 3 games of this series have been particularly close, and law of averages suggests that we are overdue a tight one. I think Friday night may be when it happens, and I will be hitting the online sportsbook to put my money on the Warriors.
Golden State Warriors 106 Cleveland Cavaliers 102