Expert Picks For Golden State At Cleveland 2017 NBA Finals Game 3

Posted by Ted Merrick on June 6, 2017 in

When the Cleveland Cavaliers went into the locker room at halftime of Game 2 of the NBA Finals, they only trailed the Golden State Warriors by three, 67-64, thanks to a beautiful floater that Kyrie Irving lofted over Kevin Durant just before the buzzer that ended the second period. Then, though, the Warriors upped their game a gear, winning the second half, 65-49, and the game, 132-113. Now the series shifts to Cleveland, with the Cavaliers in a deep hole. Can they pick up a win? Or will the Warriors push them to the brink of elimination? Find out more about the latest NBA betting odds here.

Analyzing The Expert Picks For Warriors At Cavaliers 2017 NBA Finals Game 3

When: Wednesday, June 7, 2017, 9:00pm ET
Where: Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland
TV: ABC
Radio: ESPN Radio
Live Stream: Watch ESPN
NBA Odds: Golden State Warriors -3½ (-105)

 

 

Why should you bet on the Warriors?

Steve Kerr finally returned to the sideline for the Warriors, his back finally letting him spend a game out on the floor for the first time since the opening round of the playoffs. His charge to Stephen Curry was to “play with passion and play with joy,” as Curry told ESPN.com. What happened, especially in the second half, was pure artistry, as Curry and Kevin Durant simply demolished the Cavaliers. Curry had his first playoff triple-double (32 points, 11 assists, 10 boards), and Durant put up 33 points, 13 rebounds, six assists and five blocks. While LeBron James also had a triple-double (29 points, 14 assists, 11 boards), he just couldn’t keep up with the twin superstars wearing home white. That star power could push the Warriors all the way to a sweep.

Why should you put your money on the Cavaliers?

A year ago, the Warriors headed to Cleveland up two games to none in the NBA Finals. The Cavaliers split the two games in Cleveland — and then won the next three to take the trophy. LeBron James now has eight triple-doubles in the NBA Finals, tying him with Magic Johnson in that category. If we’ve learned nothing else over the past seven seasons, it is that you make a crucial mistake when you count LeBron out too early. As raucous as the fans are in Oakland, they are just as passionate and just as hungry in Cleveland, and you can believe that building will be intense on Wednesday night. If the Warriors come out with careless ball security, like they did against the Cavaliers at some points in Game 2, the Cavaliers will have that home court energy to push them to a lead.

Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction

Game 3 in the Eastern Conference finals was the lone Cleveland loss in that series — at home to the Boston Celtics. However, the Cavaliers had a 2-0 lead in that series and could be forgiven for a slight lack of intensity. There will be all hands on deck, and if the Cavaliers are going to have a shot at taking down the NBA’s superteam, this will be that shot. I predict a real war in Game 3 — but I see the Warriors holding on at the end, just too fast and too talented for the Cavaliers. I predict a 129-126 Golden State win.