Who Will Win Game 3 Of The NBA Championship Between Cleveland Cavaliers and Golden State Warriors?

Who Will Win Game 3 Of The NBA Championship Between Cleveland Cavaliers and Golden State Warriors?

After two games of the 2017 NBA Finals, it appears the Warriors are unmatched and unrivaled.

Is Golden State’s breakneck pace too much even for the likes of LeBron James? Maybe, but the Cavaliers were in a 3-1 in last year’s final and as everyone recalls Cleveland won.

So, before even considering that it’s all over, hold on to your hats and get ready for Game 3.

What: Golden State Warriors at Cleveland Cavaliers  

  • When: Wednesday, June 7, 2017 – 9:00 PM ET
  • Where: Quicken Loans Arena – Cleveland, OH
  • Spread: Warriors -3
  • Over/Under: 226

Betting on the Warriors

Betting on the Warriors

It doesn’t seem that anyone will be able to stop the Warriors from winning these finals.

After winning Game 2, the count of wins in the postseason tallies to 14.

Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant are in the zone, leading Golden State to the 112-93 victory.

Curry bagged his first career postseason triple-double with 32 points, 11 assists and 10 assists.

Meanwhile Durant put up 33 points, 13 boards, and 13 dishes along with five blocks.

Klay Thompson also seemed to wake up from his slumber and swished the net for 22 points on 8 of 12 shooting from the field.

Nevertheless, the Warriors should remind themselves that they’re headed to LeBron’s court where the 20 turnovers they committed in Game 2 just won’t cut it.

The Kevin Durant Factor

It’s Durant’s first season with the Warriors. And he’s making it count.

Through the first two games, he’s been practically unstoppable on offense and rock-solid on defense.

He’s clearly in the lead for the Finals MVP title, leading all players in points and blocks and is hitting 56.3 percent of field goals.

And, in case that’s not enough, he’s the Warriors’ go to man in rebounds (11.0) and three-point percentage (50.0), and second on the list in assists (7.0) and steals (1.5).

What About Curry? 

It wouldn’t do justice to Durant without speaking about Curry’s contribution.

The point guard has amassed incredible numbers over both games as well: 60 points, 21 assists, 16 rebounds and 10 triples.

Curry’s performance even prompted head coach Steve Kerr’s admiration: "(Curry) just generates so much force to the game.”

Betting on the Cavaliers

Betting on the Cavaliers

It’s back to Quicken Loans Arena for Game 3 where you can be sure LeBron James won’t roll out the welcome mat for the Warriors.

Once more, James was up to snuff in Game 2. But even a triple double (29 points, 11 rebounds, 14 assists) wasn’t enough to stop Cleveland from losing.

However, it’s not James that’s the problem here but the rest of the team that’s missing.

Kyrie Irving needs to pick up the slack. He’s only scored 43 points on 18-of-45 shooting from the field through the first two games.

Tristan Thompson has only grabbed eight rebounds and score the same amount of points, while J.R. Smith was a non-factor in Game 2 as well, failing to score a single point in 14 minutes of action.

What Needs To Change In Game 3?

Unfortunately LeBron needs to do more if they want to leave Game 3 unscathed.

This is what it’s going to take to defeat this Warriors team.

And even still, it might not be enough if Durant, Curry, and Thompson are firing on all cylinders.

LeBron can score 30 points in a finals games (and that’s how many points he needs to put up as a minimum), but if Irving, Love, and Smith don’t start contributing, it’s going to be a short Finals series.

Trends

  • Golden State is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games
  • Golden State is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 6 of Golden State's last 7 games
  • Cleveland is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games
  • Cleveland is 12-3 SU in its last 15 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 16 of Cleveland's last 23 games

Pick and Prediction: If last year took a monstrous effort to come back from a 3-1 hole, this year it’s going to be even harder to come back from this 2-0 deficit.

This Warriors team is even deadlier than last year’s. And, considering that NBA teams are 18-271 all-time after trailing 2-0 in a best-of-seven series, the Cavs have a mountain of a battle ahead of them. 

My pick? Golden State wins it and covers. Get ready for a new king to be crowned.

 
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