Cleveland Cavaliers vs Golden State Warriors - 6/13/16 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Cleveland Cavaliers (70-30) at Golden State Warriors (88-15)
NBA Basketball: Monday, June 13, 2016 at 9:00 pm (Oracle Arena)
The Line: Golden State Warriors -6 -- Over/Under: 205 See the Latest Odds
The Cleveland Cavaliers and the Golden State Warriors do battle in Game 5 at the Oracle Arena on Monday night.
The Warriors are now just one win away from a second straight NBA title after beating the Cavaliers by 108-97 in Game 4 to take a commanding 3-1 series lead. Stephen Curry broke out of his scoring slump and led the Warriors with a game-high 38 points after scoring a total of just 48 points in the first three games of the series. Klay Thompson added 25 points, Harrison Barnes added 14 points while Draymond Green chipped in with nine points, 12 rebounds, four assists and three blocks. As a team, the Warriors shot just 40.7 percent from the field as a team but they did a great job of committing just eight turnovers while setting an NBA Finals record with 17 3-pointers, thanks largely to Curry who drained seven 3-pointers.
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As for the Cavaliers, Kyrie Irving continued his hot shooting with a team-high 34 points on 14 of 28 shooting while LeBron James missed out on a triple double as he scored 25 points with 13 rebounds and nine assists. However, no one else could really get going and it really hurt the Cavs in the second half as they relied too heavily on James and Irving who combined to take 33 of Cleveland's 38 shots in the second half which may get the job done against other teams in the league, but not these Warriors. In fact, the Cavs were in control for the majority of the game until they went 6:36 without a made shot in the penultimate fourth quarter. It is back to the drawing board for the Cavs who will attempt to come back from a 3-1 series deficit, a feat that has never been accomplished in the NBA Finals.
In ATS trends, the Cavs are 1-5 ATS in their last six road games and 1-6 ATS in their last seven NBA Championship games, while the Warriors are 13-3 ATS in their last 16 home games and 6-1 ATS in their last seven games overall.
Head to head, the Cavs are 1-4 ATS in the last five meetings overall and 3-9 ATS in the last 12 meetings in Golden State.
The Cavs had all the momentum following their 30-point win in Game 3, but they blew their chance to level the series and are now faced with a seemingly insurmountable challenge. I had this series going to at least six games but the Warriors are just so tough to beat at home and I really don't see the Cavs staving off elimination, especially now that Curry is back to his best.
*** UPDATE ***
The NBA has reviewed the altercation between Draymond Green and LeBron James in the fourth quarter of Game 4 and the news is that Green will receive a Flagrant 1 which means he is suspended for Game 5.