Wed, Jun 6, 5:03pm by Staff Writer
Date and Time: Thursday June 7, 11am AEST
Venue: Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland
The NBA Finals shift to Cleveland for games three and four, with the Golden State Warriors holding a commanding 2-0 lead in the best-of-seven series.
The Warriors are $1.54 favourites to win on the road at the Quicken Loans Arena, with the Cavs $2.56 outsiders.
Cleveland had their chances to snare a big win on the road in game one as underdogs, but a late George Hill missed free throw and J.R. Smith’s poor game management led to an overtime period, where the Cavs were blown away.
Game two was a disaster for Cleveland from the outset, as they failed to stifle Steph Curry, who shot an NBA Finals record nine three pointers on his way to a 33-point game.
The Cavs will need an enormous upturn in form from a number of their role players including George Hill, Jeff Green, J.R. Smith and Jordan Clarkson.
Their offensive output at present is unacceptable and Cavs stars LeBron James and Kevin Love need help in the scoring department.
Golden State do not have that same offensive struggle, averaging more than 120 points per game in the series and 118 points per game in their last four trips to the Q.
The Warriors will be wary of the Cavs however, who were down 2-0 in the Eastern Conference Finals against Boston before rallying and winning the series in seven games.
Cleveland is capable of winning its home games at the Q and many believe they will win one of the next two upcoming matches at least.
As 4.5-point underdogs, the Cavs are an appealing option at $1.95, but just as we backed in game one, the Cavs to take the first quarter is the better wager.
Golden State’s most prolific quarter this season has been the third, with the squad struggling at the outset of matches.
Coupled with the raucous atmosphere expected in Cleveland and the Cavs desperation to win, they will surely come out and take the first quarter.
They are $1.83 to do so at Sportsbet and that looks like a worthwhile wager.
The Cavs last win against the Warriors was a 137-116 win in game four of last season’s playoffs.
Former point guard Kyrie Irving scored 40 points, with the Cavs dropping 49 in the opening period to never be headed.
They will need a similarly strong performance from their team in game three if they are to make a contest out of this series.
The Warriors are $1.02 to win the NBA Championship, with the Cavs at $15, but both of those prices won’t last if the Cavs come out and win game three.
Best bet- Cleveland to win first quarter at $1.83
Value bet- Cleveland Big Win Little Win 1-10 at $3.52
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