Golden State Warriors vs. Cleveland Cavaliers - 6/5/16 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Cleveland Cavaliers (69-27) at Golden State Warriors (85-14)
NBA Basketball: Sunday, June 5, 2016 at 8:00 pm (Oracle Arena)
The Line: Golden State Warriors -6.5 -- Over/Under: 207 See the Latest Odds
The Cleveland Cavaliers and the Golden State Warriors collide in Game 2 at the Oracle Arena on Sunday night.
Stephen Curry shot just four of 15 from the field for 11 points while Klay Thompson added just nine points in Game 1, so you would expect the Warriors to go down in a blowout, but instead they took the series opener by 104-89 on the back of big nights from their supporting cast. Shaun Livingston led all scorers with 20 points on eight of 10 shooting off the bench, Draymond Green added 16 points, 11 rebounds and seven assists while Harrison Barnes chipped in with 13 points as the Warriors made their run late in the third quarter through to the fourth quarter where they outscored the Cavaliers by 33-12 to draw first blood in the NBA Finals.
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As for the Cavaliers, Kyrie Irving led the scoring with 26 points but shot just seven of 22. LeBron James added 23 points, 12 rebounds and nine assists while Kevin Love had 17 points with 13 rebounds, but the Cavs shot just 38.1 percent from the floor and needed much more from JR Smith who was held scoreless until late in the fourth quarter when the game was already decided. In fact, the Cavs needed more scoring in general as their bench was outscored by the Warriors by an astonishing 45-10 which was the difference in the end as the Cavs actually did a great job of holding the Warriors' backcourt of Curry and Thompson to a combined 20 points.
In ATS trends, the Cavs are 1-4 ATS in their last five road games and 0-4 ATS in their last four NBA Championship games, while the Warriors are 4-0 ATS in their last four home games and 4-0 ATS in their last four games overall.
Head to head, the Cavs are 1-5 ATS in the last six meetings overall and 3-8 ATS in the last 11 meetings in Golden State.
The final score of Game 1 doesn't quite do justice to how close the game was because the Cavs actually did a great job of climbing back from a double-digit deficit to take the lead in the third quarter, but the Warriors took the game away with defense and three-point shooting as they always do. I think the Cavs will bounce back and play much better in Game 2, but I still have the Warriors winning by single digits.