Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Golden State Warriors - 6/16/16 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Golden State Warriors (88-15) at Cleveland Cavaliers (70-30)
NBA Basketball: Thursday, June 16, 2016 at 9:00 pm (Quicken Loans Arena)
The Line: Cleveland Cavaliers -2.5 -- Over/Under: 207.5 See the Latest Odds
The Golden State Warriors and the Cleveland Cavaliers duke it out in Game 6 at the Quicken Loans Arena on Thursday.
The Cavaliers were able to stave off elimination with a hard-fought 112-97 win over the Warriors on Monday. The Cavs relied heavily on LeBron James and Kyrie Irving in Game 4 without success but that wasn't the case in Game 5 as they combined for 82 points in one of the best scoring displays I've seen all year. James attacked the basket early and often to finish with 41 points, 16 rebounds and seven assists while Irving poured in 41 points with six assists on 17 of 24 shooting from the field. Kevin Love was inserted back into the starting lineup after starting off the bench in Game 4 but you wouldn't have even noticed him as he scored just two points in 33 minutes of action.
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As for the Warriors, Klay Thompson continued his hot form with a team-high 27 points on 11 of 20 shooting but he just didn't get enough help from his teammates. Stephen Curry added 25 points of his own, but shot just eight of 21 from the field, Harrison Barnes shot just two of 14 for his five points while Andre Iguodala was inserted into the starting lineup in place of the suspended Draymond Green and had himself a strong outing with 15 points, 11 rebounds and six assists. Warriors center Andrew Bogut went down early in the third quarter with a knee injury and is currently undergoing an MRI exam so his status for Game 6 is up in the air, but the Warriors will likely go with Festus Ezeli or Mareese Speights if he is unable to suit up.
In ATS trends, the Warriors are 9-1-1 ATS in their last 11 games following a double-digit loss at home and 6-2 ATS in their last eight games overall, while the Cavs are 7-1 ATS in their last eight home games and 18-8 ATS in their last 26 games against a team above .600.
Head to head, the Warriors are 7-3 ATS in the last 10 meetings overall and 4-1 ATS in the last five meetings in Cleveland.
The Warriors will be disappointed with their effort in Game 5 as they really did miss a lot of wide open shots that they would usually make, but they welcome Green back into their lineup and will still be fully confident that they can get the job done on the road. However, the Cavs look to have stolen the momentum in the series and are just one win away from forcing a dramatic Game 7, so I'm taking the Cavs to stay hot and get the job done at home where they've lost just once so far in these playoffs.