Golden State at Cleveland NBA Finals Betting Odds Game 4

Posted by Ted Merrick on June 8, 2017 in

As the third period of Game 3 of these NBA Finals entered its final minute, Kyrie Irving sliced and diced to the hoop and made one of those impossible floaters that have become his calling card. Cleveland led, 94-87, their largest advantage at any point in this series, a lopsided Finals so far in which they had lost the first two games by a combined 41 points. The Cavaliers would hold a lead for most of the fourth period, but it never got bigger than those seven points, and the Warriors would hold Cleveland without a field goal for the final 3:09 of the game, posting an 11-0 run to finish the contest and win, 118-113. Now comes Game 4 on Friday night. Will the Warriors complete that dream 16-0 playoff run for the first time in league history? Or do the Cavaliers have one final stand in them? Let’s take at the NBA odds for Game 4.

Golden State at Cleveland NBA Finals Betting Odds Game 4

When: Friday, June 9, 2017, 9:00pm ET
Where: Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland
TV: ABC
Radio: Golden State / Cleveland
Live Stream: WatchESPN
NBA Odds: Warriors at -6

Why should you bet on the Warriors?

It just took one mistake in the waning seconds of the game to give Golden State the one chance they needed to take a late lead. LeBron James went under on a Draymond Green screen for Durant, leaving KD open for a three-ball from the top of the key, and Golden State went up by one point with 45 seconds left. After a Cleveland miss and a foul, Golden State was up three, and LeBron was in the corner for a shot from downtown, but Andre Iguodala (the 2015 Finals MVP) blocked his shot before he even jumped, and then the ball dribbled off James and out of bounds. After a huge night from Kyrie Irving and a defensive masterpiece from Kevin Love, the Cavaliers still couldn’t win. What can they offer on Friday night?

Why should you put your money on the Cavaliers?

I’ll say the same thing I said before Game 3 — can you ever really count out the Cleveland Cavaliers with LeBron James on their roster? He’s matured light years from that time in Boston when he just stood and watched the Celtics eliminate the Cavaliers (during his first stint on the shores of Lake Erie). Sure, James and Irving combined for 77 points and shot 55 percent from the floor. J.R. Smith even had a terrific game. For 45 minutes of Game 3, everything went exactly as they wanted to. All they have to do is finish at home — but they have to finish against what may be the greatest Superteam since the Showtime Lakers or the Auerbach Celtics.

Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction

Cleveland threw everything that they had at the Warriors in Game 3 — and they still lost by five. How do you come back from that and win in Game 4? At this point, I wonder how much they still have in the tank. I predict a Warrior sweep — and a 120-112 win.