Golden State Warriors vs. Cleveland Cavaliers
Date and Time: Friday, June 9, 2017, 9 p.m. ET
Location: Quicken Loans Arena
Warriors vs. Cavaliers TV Coverage: ABC
If the Warriors were going to lose a game, Wednesday was the one. And it almost happened. But NBA games are a minimum of 48 minutes and the Dubs went the distance while the Cavs came up a few minutes short. In the previous two Finals meetings, the Warriors failed to win Game 3 in Cleveland. In his first foray into the trifecta, Kevin Durant would change all that.
Durant scored 14 of 31 points in the fourth quarter, including seven straight points in the latter stages of the period that brought the Dubs back from a 113-109 deficit into a three-point lead with 12 seconds left and all but wrapped up the former MVP’s first championship. The Warriors showed just how resilient they are late in the fourth. Trailing by seven points, they held the Cavs scoreless for the final 3:09 and rattled off the final 11 points in a hostile environment. It was the Dubs sixth straight cover win and they are 11-4 ATS in the postseason.
The Cavs just ran out of gas and it would be a miracle if they overcome the devastation of Wednesday’s loss to at least get one win in the series. LeBron was LeBron scoring 39 points with 11 rebounds and nine assists. Kyrie Irving followed up a disappointing stay in Northern California and was a beast with his drives to the hoop. He scored 38 points on 16 of 29 shooting.
But the minutes and stress of a must-win caught up with the Cavs at the end of the fourth quarter. It was the type of game we expected between the two best teams in the league and they didn’t disappoint. But in the end, the Warriors showed they are just too good. After going all out for 45 minutes and clinging to a 113-107 lead, the Cavs shut down. They didn’t score again missing all eight shots from the floor.
Golden State lost three straight to the Cavs in last year’s Finals and they’re damn well going to make sure nothing like that happens again. With a chance to close out teams in these playoffs, the Dubs have been at their best. They closed out Portland in the opening round with a 128-103 victory. The Jazz were no match in the second round and the Warriors pummeled them in the fourth and deciding game 121-95.
The San Antonio series took a different turn in Game 1 when Kawhi Leonard was injured. The Warriors took advantage and breezed past the Spurs with a 129-115 romp in Game 4 of the Western Conference Final. Golden State outscored its three opponents by 65 points in Game 4 and more impressive, they all came on the road. The Dubs simply don’t let up and with a chance to close this one out against a deflated Cavs team, they will.
Warriors vs. Cavaliers Free Picks
The Warriors needed to win the title last year to go down as the greatest team in NBA history. They set a record with 73 regular season wins and were up 3-1. But the Cavs denied them the opportunity. Revenge is sweet, and the Dubs will soak it in. Durant wasn’t around last year and he joined the Dubs with the sole purpose of winning a title. With the ring so close, he’s going for it. Durant has scored at least 31 points in every game and his dagger three late in the fourth slumped the shoulders of the Cavaliers.
Game 3 was a must-win for the Cavs and they didn’t. It’s not that they lost, rather the way they lost. Playing so well for 45 minutes, they just crumbled at the end. The Warriors haven’t let up during the postseason and they won’t on Friday night. They were a 3.5-point favorite on Wednesday and will be the favorite again in Game 4. You can check back for odds at BookMaker.eu. The Dubs have been merciless in closeout games and the Cavs won’t recover from their Game 3 meltdown.
Warriors vs. Cavaliers ATS Pick: Give the points with Golden State at BookMaker.eu
Warriors vs. Cavaliers Score Prediction: Warriors 117 – Cavaliers 105