Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Golden State Warriors
Date and Time: Sunday, June 4, 2017, 8 p.m. ET
Location: Oracle Arena
Cavaliers vs. Warriors TV Coverage: ABC
The odds are against Cleveland in this series for a number of reasons. The Warriors have the home court edge because they finished with the better record, Golden State is the higher scoring team and the Warriors also play better defense. And don’t forget that repeating as NBA Champion is difficult especially when a team is facing the team they beat in the Finals the previous year. This is the first time ever that two teams are facing each other in three straight seasons in the NBA Finals. There have been eight previous NBA Finals rematches since 1970 and in seven of those instances, the teams that lost the previous year won the next year.
The Warriors began this series unbeaten in the playoffs at 12-0 and heavily favored to win the series against Cleveland. The Cavaliers were 12-1 in the playoffs before this series began and unaccustomed to the underdog role. "We're trying to repeat, which is so hard to do.” Kevin Love said, “I think we will use it as fuel, we will use it as motivation, but the idea of playing into it? It's tough for me to say that is the case. I don't feel like we're underdogs."
LeBron James averaged 29.7 points, 11.3 rebounds and 8.9 assists in last season's Finals. He began this series averaging 32.5 points, eight rebounds and seven assists in this year’s playoffs. Stephen Curry averaged 22.6 points in last year's Finals but in four of the seven games he scored less than 20 points.
The Cavaliers are 8-2-1 ATS in their last 11 games overall. The Warriors are 20-6-1 ATS in their last 27 games overall. The Over is 15-6 in the Cavaliers last 21 overall. The Under is 20-7 in the Warriors last 27 vs. the Eastern Conference. The Under is 8-1-2 in the last 11 meetings at Golden State.
Cavaliers vs. Warriors Free Picks
The Cavaliers simply don’t play any defense, so this should be another shootout on Sunday night. I will go over the total in this contest. Make sure to check back for odds at BetDSI.
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Cavaliers vs. Warriors Score Prediction: Warriors 129, Cavaliers 123