Cleveland Cavaliers (62-38) at Golden State Warriors (70-29)
|Date & Time||Sunday June 3, 2018, 8:00 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Golden State Warriors -12.5 -- Over/Under: 215.5
The Cleveland Cavaliers and Golden State Warriors meet Sunday in game two of the 2018 NBA Finals at the Oracle Arena.
The Cleveland Cavaliers look for a bounce back performance here to tie up the series at 1-1 before going home for game three. The Cleveland Cavaliers are averaging 101.8 points on 46 percent shooting and allowing 101.2 points on 46 percent shooting. LeBron James is averaging 34.9 points and 8.7 assists while Kevin Love is averaging 14.3 points and 10.2 rebounds. Kyle Korver is grabbing 2.5 rebounds and George Hill is dishing 2.1 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 34.1 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 40.9 rebounds per game. The Cleveland Cavaliers have lost four of their last five road games.
The Golden State Warriors can take control of this series by winning and improving to a 2-0 lead. The Golden State Warriors are averaging 109.9 points on 47.4 percent shooting and allowing 101.1 points on 42.8 percent shooting. Kevin Durant is averaging 28.8 points and 7.2 rebounds while Stephen Curry is averaging 25.2 points and 5.3 assists. Klay Thompson is the third double-digit scorer and Draymond Green is grabbing 11.6 rebounds. The Golden State Warriors are shooting 35.2 percent from beyond the arc and 82.3 percent from the free throw line. The Golden State Warriors are allowing 31.4 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 45.7 rebounds per game. The Golden State Warriors have won nine of their last 10 home games.
The Cavaliers are 2-9 ATS in their last 11 games playing on 2 days rest, 5-1 ATS in their last 6 vs. Western Conference and 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The Warriors are 4-10 ATS in their last 14 games playing on 2 days rest, 1-7 ATS in their last 8 vs. Eastern Conference and 0-5 ATS in their last 5 vs. NBA Central. The Cavaliers are 2-4 ATS in the last 6 meetings in Golden State, 3-6 ATS in the last 9 meetings and the favorite is 6-3 ATS in the last 9 meetings.
I'm taking a stab with the Cleveland Cavaliers and the points once again, as they probably should have won game one, and that was with Korver, Love, Smith, Hill and Thompson doing nothing to very little offensively. LeBron is going to play well every game, especially on extended rest, but you have to think some of those role players can chip in more offensively to give them a chance. The Warriors shot 51.1 percent from the field and still almost lost the game before overtime. That can't make Golden State feel too good. The Cleveland Cavaliers have now covered five of their last nine games when a double-digit underdog. The Golden State Warriors have now failed to cover seven of their last 10 games when a double-digit favorite. Give me the points.