Cleveland at Golden State Game 7 NBA Finals Betting Pick

Posted by Aaron . on June 17, 2016 in

Only two teams in NBA history had ever come back from a 3-1 deficit in the Finals to force a Game 7. Until last night, of course, when Cleveland defeated the Golden State Warriors, 115-101, to send the series back to California. Even though Golden State won the first two games by a combined 48 points, and even though no game has been decided by single digits, the teams enter Game 7 tied at 610 aggregate points over the first six games. No Game 7 has featured teams that have entered tied in total points. So to say that this has become a very even series is an understatement. Golden State heads home as favorites in the NBA betting lines.

Cleveland at Golden State Game 7 NBA Finals Betting Pick & TV Info

When: Sunday, June 19, 2016, 8:00pm
Where: Oracle Arena, Oakland
Radio: Cleveland / Golden State
Live Stream: WatchESPN
NBA Odds: Golden State (-4.5), O/U Total 206.5

Why should you bet on Cleveland?

Andre Iguodala — last year’s NBA Finals MVP — appears to be playing at about 70% because of his back  issues. That means that he can’t guard LeBron James as well as he did in Games 1 and 2 — or during last year’s Finals. James poured in 41 points in Game 5 and 41 more in Game 6. If the Warriors shift Draymond Green over to cover James, then Tristan Thompson can go nuts on the boards for the Cavaliers, since Golden State doesn’t have Andrew Bogut on the boards inside. The Cavaliers shot 52 percent on the night, and if the Warriors can’t make them work harder to score, the Cavs will not only be the third team to force that Game 7, but the first team ever to be down 3-1 in the Finals and win the title.

Why should you put your money on the Warriors?

Golden State shot 40 percent from the floor. I don’t expect to see Steph Curry and Klay Thompson clanking shots in Game 7, and Harrison Barnes can’t keep shooting this poorly — can he? Better shooting from the Warriors, and some better defense against James, should bring the Warriors the win in Game 7, and the title. The energy in The Q Arena clearly rattled Curry and the rest of the Warriors, and frankly, the officiating got a little bit ridiculous as well. Curry fouled out for the first time all season, and three of the six fouls were not the sort that you see called much at all, especially against one of the marquee stars in the league.

Expert Betting Pick and Final Score Prediction

Each time the Warriors have been punched in the mouth this season, they have responded by elevating their game. This is why you work hard to get the best record in the NBA — so you can host Game 7 in the Finals if you need to. The Warriors will win this one at home, 118-111 — so I like them to cover, and for the game to go over.