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Golden State Warriors vs. Cleveland Cavaliers - 6/2/16 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Cleveland Cavaliers (69-27) at Golden State Warriors (85-14)

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

The Line: Golden State Warriors -5.5 -- Over/Under: 210 See the Latest Odds


The Golden State Warriors and the Cleveland Cavaliers do battle in Game 1 of the NBA Finals on Thursday night.

The Cavaliers have been the most dominant team in these playoffs so far, losing just two games on their way to a second straight NBA Finals berth. LeBron James has been leading from the front with averages of 24.6 points, 8.6 rebounds and 7.0 assists per game in this postseason, Kyrie Irving has really heated up over the past two series to finish with averages of 24.3 points and 5.1 asssists, while Kevin Love broke out of a shooting slump to finish with averages of 17.3 points and 9.6 rebounds but the biggest diffference from last season is that the Cavs are fully loaded and ready for redemption. They made light work of the Pistons and the Hawks, sweeping both teams before facing the Raptors in the Eastern Conference Finals where they would go on to lose two road games, so the Cavs are still undefeated at home in these playoffs, a trend they'll need to keep alive in what is going to be their biggest test of the season. 

Golden State Warriors vs. Cleveland Cavaliers - 6/2/16 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction


Meanwhile, the Warriors dropped one game each in the first two series against the Rockets and the Trailblazers, and many had written them off when they were down 3-1 against the Thunder in the Western Conference Finals, but they managed to battle their way out of a tough spot and into the NBA Finals with a chance of going back to back. Stephen Curry is reportedly still not at 100 percent in terms of health, but he is still averaging 26.7 points per game and 6.1 assists in these playoffs, Klay Thompson has been right behind him with 26.2 points per game while Draymond Green has been averaging 15.1 points, 9.8 rebounds and 5.9 assists in these playoffs. 

In ATS trends, the Cavs are 7-3 ATS in their last 10 games overall and 16-5 ATS in their last 21 games against a team above .600, while the Warriors are 10-2 ATS in their last 12 home games and 13-6 ATS in their last 19 games overall.

Head to head, the Cavs are 1-4 ATS in the last five meetings and 3-7 ATS in the last 10 meetings in Golden State.

The Cavs said they wanted to meet the Warriors in the NBA Finals and the Warriors reciprocated so you just know this is going to be an NBA Finals for the ages. The Warriors are heavy favorites to win their second straight NBA Championship and deservedly so, but I like the well-rested and fully healthy Cavs to come into town and escape with a narrow win in Game 1 on Thursday. 

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