Cavaliers at Warriors NBA Finals Game 1- 6/4/15 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Cleveland Cavaliers (65-31) at Golden State Warriors (79-18)
NBA Basketball: Thursday, June 4, 2015 at 9:00 pm (Oracle Arena)
The Line: Golden State Warriors -5.5 -- Over/Under: 204 See the Latest Odds
The Cleveland Cavaliers and Golden State Warriors play game one of the 2015 NBA Finals on Thursday.
The Cleveland Cavaliers are coming off a four-game sweep of the Atlanta Hawks. LeBron James is averaging 27.6 points and 10.4 rebounds while Kyrie Irving is averaging 18.7 points and 3.7 assists. J.R. Smith is grabbing 4.9 rebounds and Iman Shumpert is dishing 1.4 assists. The Cleveland Cavaliers are shooting 43.6 percent from the field and 35.9 percent from deep in these playoffs. The Cavaliers should be a healthy team by the time this game takes place, including Irving's foot. The Cavs are playing great ball at the right time, including Smith, who is 16-34 from deep in his last four games. The Cavaliers have won 12 of their last 16 road games, which includes a 6-1 record in these playoffs.
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The Golden State Warriors are coming off a five-game series against the Houston Rockets. Stephen Curry is averaging 29.2 points and 6.4 assists while Klay Thompson is averaging 19.7 points and 3.7 rebounds. Draymond Green is grabbing 10.8 rebounds and Harrison Barnes is dishing 1.8 assists. The Golden State Warriors are shooting 46 percent from the field and 38 percent from deep these playoffs. The Warriors continue to click on both sides of the ball and get help from their deep bench. Barnes has combined for 38 points in his last two games. The Warriors have lost just once when scoring 100 or more points. The Warriors have lost just one home game since January 27th, which includes a 7-1 record in these playoffs.
The Cavaliers are 13-3 ATS in their last 16 vs. Western Conference and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 road games. The Warriors are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 vs. Eastern Conference and 3-8 ATS in their last 11 home games. The Cavaliers are 1-5 ATS in the last 6 meetings in Golden State and 3-9 ATS in the last 12 meetings overall.
Boy, oh, boy. This series is going to be fun and either game could truly go either way. With this being a true toss-up, I'm going to side with the Cavs and the points. One, they have LeBron. I also think the Cavs have the advantage due to the rest, as they were the more banged up team. Besides Klay and his concussion, the Warriors are healthy and probably wanted to jump right back in another series to ride their wave.