Golden State Warriors (72-29) at Cleveland Cavaliers (62-40)
|Date & Time||Wednesday June 6, 2018, 9:00 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Cleveland Cavaliers +5 -- Over/Under: 217.5
The Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers meet Wednesday in game three of the 2018 NBA Finals at the Quicken Loans Arena.
The Golden State Warriors can all but put this series to bed with another victory and taking a commanding 3-0 lead. The Golden State Warriors are averaging 110.6 points on 47.9 percent shooting and allowing 101.2 points on 42.7 percent shooting. Kevin Durant is averaging 28.7 points and 7.3 rebounds while Stephen Curry is averaging 25.8 points and 5.5 assists. Klay Thompson is the third double-digit scorer and Draymond Green is grabbing 11.4 rebounds. The Golden State Warriors are shooting 35.6 percent from beyond the arc and 81.2 percent from the free throw line. The Golden State Warriors are allowing 31.5 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 45.5 rebounds per game. The Golden State Warriors have split their last six road games.
The Cleveland Cavaliers need a victory here if they have any chance of making this a series. The Cleveland Cavaliers are averaging 101.9 points on 45.7 percent shooting and allowing 102.3 points on 46.5 percent shooting. LeBron James is averaging 34.6 points and nine assists while Kevin Love is averaging 14.7 points and 10.2 rebounds. Kyle Korver is grabbing 2.5 rebounds and George Hill is dishing 2.2 assists. The Cleveland Cavaliers are shooting 33.5 percent from beyond the arc and 75.5 percent from the free throw line. The Cleveland Cavaliers are allowing 34.5 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 41 rebounds per game. The Cleveland Cavaliers have won eight straight home games.
The Warriors are 1-6 ATS in their last 7 Wednesday games, 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games playing on 2 days rest and 1-5 ATS in their last 6 vs. NBA Central. The Cavaliers are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 home games, 0-4 ATS in their last 4 Wednesday games and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The over is 5-2 in the last 7 meetings.
The Cleveland Cavaliers have played their best ball by far at home during these playoffs where they're averaging more than seven points and shooting 3.2 percent better from the field when you compare it to their road numbers. The Warriors average 10 points less on the road these playoffs when compared to their home games, and they're shooting under 46 percent from the field. The third game of a series is also usually the game where if a sweep is going to be prevented, it's here. It's also worth mentioning that neither of the first two games were wall-to-wall blowouts. The Cavs should have won game one and were in game two for about 36 minutes. That should give them some sort of confidence coming back home. The Cavs have also covered eight of their last 12 home games when an underdog of at least five points. The Golden State Warriors are 9-11 ATS in their last 20 road games when favored by at least five points. I expect the Cavs role players to show up and for the crowd to do just enough to help the Cavs steal game three, making this series somewhat interesting heading into Friday night.