Cleveland Cavaliers vs Golden State Warriors Championship Finals Game 2 Preview

Cleveland Cavaliers vs Golden State Warriors Championship Finals Game 2 Preview

The Dubs mop the floor with the Cavaliers’ blood, but let’s turn the page for Game 2 of the 2017 NBA Finals. Kevin Durant took the show for the first game, but what will be LeBron’s answer? Keep reading to find out.

What: Cleveland Cavaliers at Golden State Warriors

  • When: Sunday, June 04, 2017, 8:00 PM ET
  • Where: Oracle Arena, Oakland, CA
  • Spread: Warriors -8.5
  • Over/Under: 220.5

Betting on the Cavaliers

Last year, the Cavaliers lost by 15 in Game 1, then by 33 in Game 2, so last night’s loss shouldn’t raise too much your concerns that this series is over.

Can you really expect LeBron James to give anything less than the best? In fact, yesterday’s loss can arguably be more due to the fantastic work done on Love and Irving than anything James didn’t do.

Everything, except for James, went wrong for the Cavaliers. They shot 35% from the floor, Irving was nullified in the second half, Love had 21 rebounds but failed to produce points, Tristan Thompson scored zilch, and, of course, they turned the ball over 20 times.

The one big adjustment the Cavaliers need to make for Game 2 is on avoiding turnovers and just take control of the flow of the game.

Betting on the Warriors

The Warriors blew out Cleveland in the first game, but Game 2 will be a closer game. Even if Golden State is the favorite to win, you don’t get to humiliate LeBron James and expect him to roll over and quit.

Recall, Games 1 & 2 of last year’s Finals had a similar outcome and then James just wouldn’t have it. So, best take care that it doesn’t happen once more.

Clearly, Kevin Durant and Stephen Curry were key for Game 1’s victory, but it was the Warriors’ defense that really bagged the win. It was defense that forced Cleveland into turning the ball over 20 times and they also had 12 steals which is amazing. They also put a lid on Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving which just might be the key to winning the championship.

Trends

  • Cleveland is 12-2 SU in its last 14 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 15 of Cleveland's last 22 games
  • Cleveland is 4-1-1 ATS in its last 6 games on the road
  • Golden State is 6-1 ATS in its last 7 games
  • Golden State is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 5 of Golden State's last 6 games

Pick And Prediction: It’ll be a close game, how close? The Warriors will win by 4 points. Which means if you’re betting ATS, take Cleveland at -8.5.

 
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