Thu, Jun 7, 2:44pm by Staff Writer
The Golden State Warriors are on the verge of their third NBA Championship in four years after a 110-102 win against Cleveland in game three of the 2018 NBA Finals.
The Warriors now hold a commanding 3-0 lead in the best-of-seven series, with no team in NBA history ever coming back from 3-0 down to win a series.
Golden State are destined to win consecutive titles, with Sportsbet pricing them as $1.005 for the title. The Cavs are out to an unbackable $21.
The Cavaliers started game three strongly and had a balanced performance from their squad, leading by six points at half-time.
The third quarter has been the Warriors quarter during the season and more importantly during the playoffs.
They won the third quarter by eight points and and took a two point lead into the final quarter.
The match was dominated by Kevin Durant’s pinpoint shooting, with the forward now favourite to win the NBA Finals MVP at $1.25.
Durant was outstanding scoring 43 points, including 6-9 from beyond the arc and 15-23 from the field.
His three-pointer with under a minute remaining extended the Warriors lead to six points, which proved to be match-winning.
It was an off-night for the other main scorers for the Warriors, with Steph Curry only 3-16 from the field and 1-10 from three, but his single three-pointer was in the final two minutes and gave the Warriors the lead.
After being the star of game two, Curry took a backseat in game three, with his Finals MVP odds drifting out to $3.60 after his performance.
In what was potentially LeBron James’ final game in his second stint with the Cavs, he played 47 minutes, scoring 33 points on 13-28 shooting.
His signature will be the most coveted in the upcoming offseason, with the Cavs and 76ers locked at $3.30 at Sportsbet to be his next team, with the Rockets and Lakers close behind at $3.60.
Rodney Hood provided much-needed bench scoring for the Cavs with 15 points on 11 shots, with the former Jazz guard seldom sighted during the playoffs.
The Cavs had no answer for Durant all game and leaked easy buckets, particularly down the stretch.
Game four takes place in Cleveland on Saturday with the Warriors $1.44 favourites and the Cavs $2.88 outsiders.
The Cavs are short-priced favourites to end the series on Saturday in a series sweep, with the series total games market favouring this at $1.44.
If the Cavs do win, a five game series is paying $5.
NBA Sportsbet Markets
Golden State $1.005 Cleveland $21
Kevin Durant $1.25
Steph Curry $3.60
LeBron James $15
Draymond Green $251
Klay Thompson $251
Series Total Games
4 games $1.44
5 games $5
6 games $19
7 games $34
Golden State $1.44 Cleveland $2.88
Handicap: -5.5 $1.95 Golden State
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