Cavaliers at Warriors - 6/14/15 Game Five Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Cleveland Cavaliers (67-32) at Golden State Warriors (80-20)
NBA Basketball: Sunday, June 14, 2015 at 8:00 pm (Oracle Arena)
The Line: Golden State Warriors -9 -- Over/Under: 195.5 See the Latest Odds
The Cleveland Cavaliers and Golden State Warriors play game five of the NBA Finals Sunday night.
The Cleveland Cavaliers look for a win and a chance to close this series out at home. LeBron James is averaging 29.4 points and 8.3 assists while J.R. Smith is averaging 12.4 points and 4.6 rebounds. Timofey Mozgov is grabbing 7.4 rebounds and Iman Shumpert is dishing 1.2 assists. The Cleveland Cavaliers are shooting 42.3 percent from the field and 34.5 percent from deep in these playoffs. The Cavs looked dead in game four due to playing a thin roster, and these two days off should help. The main problem is that Smith and Shumpert are a combined 9-32 from the field in their last two games. The Cavs need help from their role players to win this series. The Cavaliers have won 10 of their last 14 road games.
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The Golden State Warriors look to get one more game closer to an NBA title. Stephen Curry is averaging 28 points and 6.4 assists while Klay Thompson is averaging 19.7 points and 3.8 rebounds. Draymond Green is grabbing 10.1 rebounds and Harrison Barnes is dishing 1.5 assists. The Golden State Warriors are shooting 45.3 percent from the field and 37 percent from deep in these playoffs. The Warriors finally got going, as they made 12 threes and turned the ball over just seven times in game four. The Warriors have won 20 of their last 22 home games. The Warriors have also lost just one game all season when scoring 100 or more points.
The Cavaliers are 8-2 ATS in their last 10 games playing on 2 days rest and 7-2 ATS in their last 9 games following a ATS loss. The Warriors are 20-5-1 ATS in their last 26 games playing on 2 days rest and 4-9 ATS in their last 13 home games. The Cavaliers are 2-6 ATS in the last 8 meetings in Golden State and 5-11 ATS in the last 16 meetings overall.
Forget trying to pick who wins the next game or even covers, as nothing in this series makes sense. The one thing that's stuck throughout is the defense from both sides, as it's been low-scoring for the most part. I'll take my chances with the under before I touch the spread.