Cleveland Cavaliers at Golden State Warriors Game Two - 6/7/15 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Cleveland Cavaliers (65-32) at Golden State Warriors (80-18)
NBA Basketball: Sunday, June 7, 2015 at 8:00 pm (Oracle Arena)
The Line: Golden State Warriors -7.5 -- Over/Under: 203 See the Latest Odds
The Golden State Warriors look for a 2-0 series lead when the Cleveland Cavaliers visit Oracle Arena Sunday.
Right before game one of this series I said the Cleveland Cavaliers need LeBron James at his best if they expect to win and even that might not be enough. The opener proved this to be true and now Kyrie Irving and his already banged up knee is even worse. James and his 44 points were not enough in Thursday’s 108-100 overtime defeat that saw the Cavs score a mere two points in the extra session. Irving scored 23 points with seven boards and six assists before limping off with a knee that might keep him out of game two. Timofey Mozgov added 16 points but JR Smith was invisible with just nine points on 3-13 shooting. Tristian Thompson was a force on the backboards with 15 rebounds but scored only two points.
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The Golden State Warriors might have looked sluggish at times in their game one victory but they ‘survived’ behind a dominant effort in overtime. Stephan Curry led the offense with 26 points on 10-20 marksmanship while handing out eight assists as the league MVP had others to lend a helping hand. Klay Thompson netted 21 points and Andre Iguodala came off the bench to net 15 on 6-8 from the floor. Overall the Warriors were the deeper team with five double digit scorers with all ten players that saw the floor reaching the scoring column with the bench providing a hefty 38 points. In contrast the Cavaliers went eight deep with LeBron hoisting up 38 shots and Irving putting up 22 shots.
The Cavaliers are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 after allowing 100 points or more in their previous game and are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 NBA Championship games while the under is 4-1 in Cavaliers last 5 road games vs. a team with a home winning % of greater than .600. The under is 3-0-1 in Warriors last 4 after allowing 100 points or more in their previous game and is 5-0 in Warriors last 5 Sunday games while going 7-1-1 in Warriors last 9 when their opponent allows 100 points or more in their previous game. The Cavaliers are 1-6 ATS in the last 7 meetings in Golden State and are 3-10 ATS in the last 13 meetings. The line looks about the same as game one which seems odd to me with the status of Irving unknown. If Irving is close to his game one self I’ll take the points so we shall see…