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Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Golden State Warriors - 6/8/18 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Golden State Warriors (72-29) at Cleveland Cavaliers (62-40)
Date & Time Friday June 8, 2018, 9:00 PM (EDT)
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The Line: Cleveland Cavaliers +5.5 -- Over/Under: 215.5
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NBA | Golden State Warriors (72-29) at Cleveland Cavaliers (62-40)
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The Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers meet Friday in game four of the 2018 NBA Finals at the Quicken Loans Arena.

The Golden State Warriors can win their third championship in the last four years with a victory here. The Golden State Warriors are averaging 110.6 points on 48.1 percent shooting and allowing 101.2 points on 42.7 percent shooting. Kevin Durant is averaging 29.4 points and 7.6 rebounds while Stephen Curry is averaging 24.7 points and 5.5 assists. Klay Thompson is the third double-digit scorer and Draymond Green is grabbing 11 rebounds. The Golden State Warriors are shooting 35.6 percent from beyond the arc and 81.6 percent from the free throw line. The Golden State Warriors are allowing 31.4 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 45.1 rebounds per game. The Golden State Warriors have won five of their last seven road games.

The Cleveland Cavaliers need a victory here to save their season and force a game five on Monday. The Cleveland Cavaliers are averaging 101.9 points on 45.6 percent shooting and allowing 102.6 points on 46.8 percent shooting. LeBron James is averaging 34.5 points and nine assists while Kevin Love is averaging 15 points and 10.3 rebounds. Kyle Korver is grabbing 2.4 rebounds and George Hill is dishing 2.3 assists. The Cleveland Cavaliers are shooting 33.3 percent from beyond the arc and 75.6 percent from the free throw line. The Cleveland Cavaliers are allowing 34.5 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 41.2 rebounds per game. The Cleveland Cavaliers have won eight of their last nine home games.

The Warriors are 6-17 ATS in their last 23 games playing on 1 days rest, 1-4 ATS in their last 5 Friday games and 2-5 ATS in their last 7 vs. NBA Central. The Cavaliers are 7-3 ATS in their last 10 Friday games, 4-2 ATS in their last 6 vs. Western Conference and 5-3 ATS in their last 8 games overall. The Warriors are 8-3 ATS in the last 11 meetings, the favorite is 8-3 ATS in the last 11 meetings and the over is 6-2 in the last 8 meetings.

The Cleveland Cavaliers had their chance to make this series somewhat interesting in game three but ran out of gas in the second half. The Golden State Warriors can beat the Cavs playing their C game and only need one of their four stars to play well. The Cavs simply don't have the horsepower to hang for 48 minutes, and when you're down 0-3 in the series, you're now battling the fact guys check out. If the Warriors throw that first punch and go up eight or so, it's easy for guys to just say screw it. Game three is usually the game that determines if it's going to be a sweep or if we actually have a series on our hands. The Cavs got double-digit points from Love, JR Smith and Rodney Hood, and they still lost. The Warriors have been here done that and only need to play well for a half to pull out the win/cover. This is likely a sweep.

Golden State Warriors -5.5

Randy Chambers has been with Sports Chat Place since 2014 and covers everything from the NFL to WNBA and tennis. Nobody works harder in this business in terms of content produced and amount of sports covered. Formerly a lead college football writer with Bleacher Report and has had his work featured at Fox Sports, CBS Sports and various other outlets.

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