NBA Finals Preview: Golden State at Cleveland, Game 6
Without Draymond Green on the floor in Game 5, the Golden State Warriors knew that defense would be tougher to come by. With Kyrie Irving nailing shot after shot with Klay Thompson’s hand in his face, and LeBron James draining shot after shot, the Warriors watched the two Cavs stars put on a clinic, with Irving and James each dropping 41 points. These were the first teammates to put up 40 or more points each in an NBA Finals game. Find the latest NBA odds here.
NBA Finals Preview: Golden State Warriors at Cleveland Cavaliers, Game 6
When: Thursday, June 16, 9:00pm Eastern time
Where: The Q Arena, Cleveland
Radio: WTAM 1100 AM Cleveland
Live Stream: NBA-Stream.com
NBA Odds: Cleveland (-2), O/U Total 207.5
Why should you bet on Golden State?
Even with James and Irving putting on their offensive fireworks, the Warriors were still tied at 61 at halftime. However, they went 6 for 20 out of the gate after halftime, and they missed the energy that Green brings to the floor. Klay Thompson scored 37 points, including six threes, while Steph Curry added 25 points, seven boards, four assists and two blocks. Down the stretch, though, they were missing their deep shots, and their defense was suffering. With Green back in Game 6, though, and bristling with motivation, it’s unlikely that they will have anything but the utmost in energy when the series shifts back to Ohio.
Why should you put your money on the Cavaliers?
Cleveland has only lost one playoff game at home this year (although that was Game 4 to the Warriors). They showed that Irving can take over a game, even with tough defense, and that without stiff opposition, LeBron can take over a game. The energy in The Q Arena will likely be just as frenzied as it was in Game 3, when the Cavaliers returned from Oakland in a 2-0 hole and facing the possibility of a sweep. If the Warriors look tight, as they did in the second half of Game 5, the Cavaliers have a terrific chance of winning this game and sending things back west for an all-in Game 7.
Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction
Two things happened in Game 5 that will not happen in Game 6. Draymond Green won’t be watching the action from a suite from a nearby baseball stadium, as he was in Game 5, so he will be on the court — and will have plenty to offer in the way of resistance. Also, Irving is not going to drain every shot he makes with Klay Thompson’s hand in his face. So while the Cavaliers proceeded without a lot of resistance in Game 5, that won’t be the case in Game 6. I’m predicting a 114-109 Golden State win (and I’m predicting that this game goes over the total too).