Cleveland Cavaliers at Golden State Warriors - Game 2 - 6/3/18 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Cleveland Cavaliers (62-39) at Golden State Warriors (71-29)
NBA Basketball: Sunday, June 3, 2018 at 8:00 pm (Oracle Arena)
The Line: Golden State Warriors -11.5 -- Over/Under: 215.5 See the Latest Odds
The Cleveland Cavaliers and the Golden State Warriors collide in Game 2 of the NBA Finals at the Oracle Arena on Sunday night.
The Cleveland Cavaliers will still be scratching their heads after missing out on a crucial chance to steal Game 1 after getting outlasted in a 124-114 overtime loss on Thursday. LeBron James led from the front with a monster night of 51 points with eight rebounds and eight assists while Kevin Love added 21 points with 13 rebounds. No one else really contributed much in terms of scoring but the Cavaliers shot 44 percent from the field while playing surprisingly well defensively. Unfortunately, with the game tied in the waning seconds, JR Smith grabbed an offensive rebound and ran out the clock which just drained the energy of the Cavaliers who must’ve felt robbed after they already had a controversial charging call overturned just seconds earlier.
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Meanwhile, the Golden State Warriors will be feeling pretty confident after escaping with a win despite not playing anywhere near their best. Stephen Curry got it going early and finished with 29 points and nine assists, Klay Thompson shook off a leg injury and finished with 24 points while Draymond Green racked up 13 points with 11 rebounds, nine assists and five steals. As a team, the Warriors shot 51 percent from the field but they really had to endure a poor performance from Kevin Durant who shot just one of seven from the three-point line to finish with 26 points, but his night could’ve been totally different as he was the one who shockingly allowed JR Smith to grab that offensive rebounds at the free throw line.
Looking at the betting trends, the Cavaliers are 2-9 ATS in their last 11 games playing on two days rest and 5-1 ATS in their last six games overall. Meanwhile, the Warriors are 12-25 ATS in their last 37 games against a team with a winning record, 0-4 ATS in their last four games playing on two days rest and 6-18 ATS in their last 24 games following a win.
Head to head, the over is 5-2 in the last seven meetings but the under is 8-3-2 in the last 13 meetings in Golden State.
LeBron just about put the team on his back and almost carried his team to a massive upset in Game 1 but it’s almost as if the basketball gods were against him. First, there was that controversial overturned charge call, then he makes a great clutch pass to George Hill who gets fouled and misses his second free throw and finally the brain explosion from Smith at the end of regulation. The Warriors didn’t come out with the right intensity and were somewhat lucky to escape with the win and I feel that could have them in trouble once again. Andre Iguodala sat out Game 1 and is listed as doubtful for Sunday. I still think the Warriors get the win at home, but I’m taking the Cavaliers with the double-digit start.