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Cavaliers at Warriors Game 1 - 6/2/16 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Cleveland Cavaliers at Golden State Warriors

NBA Basketball: Thursday, June 2, 2016 at 9:00 pm (Oracle Arena)

The Line: Golden State Warriors -6 -- Over/Under: 210 See the Latest Odds

TV: ABC

The Cleveland Cavaliers and Golden State Warriors meet Thursday night at the Oracle Arena for game one of the NBA Finals.

The Cleveland Cavaliers are coming off a six-game series win against the Toronto Raptors. The Cleveland Cavaliers are averaging 106.9 points on 47.5 percent shooting and allowing 94.3 points on 45.1 percent shooting. LeBron James is averaging 24.6 points and seven assists while Kevin Love is averaging 17.3 points and 9.6 rebounds. Kyrie Irving is dishing 5.1 assists and Tristan Thompson is grabbing 8.4 rebounds. The Cleveland Cavaliers are shooting 43.4 percent from beyond the arc and 72.5 percent from the free throw line. The Cavaliers are allowing 34 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 43 rebounds per game. The Cleveland Cavaliers have won eight of their last 12 road games.

Cavaliers at Warriors Game 1 - 6/2/16 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Golden State Warriors are coming off a seven game series win over the Oklahoma City Thunder. The Golden State Warriors are averaging 110.9 points on 46.4 percent shooting and allowing 104.5 points on 41.8 percent shooting. Klay Thompson is averaging 26.2 points and 3.9 rebounds while Stephen Curry is averaging 26.7 points and 6.1 assists. Draymond Green is grabbing 9.8 rebounds and Shaun Livingston is dishing 3.5 assists. The Golden State Warriors are shooting 40.3 percent from beyond the arc and 73.4 percent from the free throw line. The Warriors are allowing 34.2 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 44.6 rebounds per game. The Golden State Warriors have won 20 of their last 23 home games.

The Cavaliers are 7-2 ATS in their last 9 Thursday games and 3-7 ATS in their last 10 NBA Championship games. The Warriors are 10-1 ATS in their last 11 Thursday games and 1-5 ATS in their last 6 vs. Eastern Conference. The Cavaliers are 3-7 ATS in the last 10 meetings in Golden State and 1-4 ATS in the last 5 meetings overall. 

This series is going to be an absolute battle, as the Cavs were able to hang with the Warriors last season even without two of their top-three players. Now, the Cavs are healthy and have the three-point shooting to hang with the Warriors. Like the Thunder series, this is going to be where points come in handy as this series is a toss-up in my eyes.

I'm going to back the Cavs and the points. I could see the Cavaliers winning this series outright, so points is where the value's at. 

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Cleveland Cavaliers +6

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