Golden State Warriors vs. Cleveland Cavaliers - 6/10/16 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Golden State Warriors (87-15) at Cleveland Cavaliers (70-29)
NBA Basketball: Friday, June 10, 2016 at 9:00 pm (Quicken Loans Arena)
The Line: Cleveland Cavaliers -2 -- Over/Under: 206.5 See the Latest Odds
The Cleveland Cavaliers and the Golden State Warriors duke it out in Game 4 at the Quicken Loans Arena on Friday.
The Cavaliers were pushed around and bullied by the Warriors in the first two games of the series, but they put their foot down in Game 3 with a dominant 120-90 win on Wednesday night. LeBron James led the scoring with 32 points to go along with 11 rebounds and six assists while JR Smith broke out of his scoring slump to put up 20 points, but to me the best player was actually Kyrie Irving who really set the tone early with 16 points and four assists in the first quarter to finish with 30 points and eight assists for the game. As a team, the Cavs shot a healthy 52.7 percent from the field for easily their best shooting game of the series, but the Cavs really set up the win with impressive defense, especially in the first quarter where they allowed just 16 points.
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As for the Warriors, Stephen Curry led the scoring with 19 points, Harrison Barnes added 18 points while Andre Iguodala added 11 points but they didn't match the level of urgency that the Cavs showed right from the tipoff and it meant they were always running uphill in the second half. Klay Thompson scored just 10 points for the game and didn't look anywhere near his best after leaving the game in the first quarter with a bruised thigh, but you can bank on him to bounce back along with Draymond Green who finished with just six points in Game 3 after pouring in 28 points in Game 2.
In ATS trends, the Cavs are 7-0 ATS in their last seven home games but just 1-5 ATS in their last six NBA Championship games, while the Warriors are 5-1 ATS in their last six games overall and 5-1 ATS in their last six NBA Championship games.
Head to head, the Warriors are 6-2 ATS in the last eight meetings overall and the under is 9-4-1 in the last 14 meetings.
The Cavs came out with a vengeance in Game 3 and really took it to the Warriors right from the tipoff to register their first win of the series, but it won't count for much unless they level the series with a win in this one. I expect a much better turnout from the defending champs in Game 4, but you have to like the Cavs to keep it going and level the series at 2-2 going back to the Oracle Arena.