NBA Finals Free Pick- Golden State at Cleveland Game 3
Warriors Undefeated in Playoffs going into NBA Finals Game 3
The Golden State Warriors and the Cleveland Cavaliers resume play in this season’s NBA Finals on Wednesday night. The game, at Quicken Loans Arena, is Game 3 of this best-of-seven showdown. BetAnySports has opened the Warriors as three-point road favorites for the 9 p.m. (ET) start on ABC and the betting line for the total has been set at 225.5 points. The line is now Golden State -3.5 and the total is sitting at 227.
Golden State has jumped out to the early 2-0 series lead with a pair of victories at home. The Victories were both straight-up and against the spread. After hammering Cleveland 113-91 in the series opener as 7.5-point favorites, the Warriors rolled to a 132-113 win on Sunday night as nine-point favorites on BetAnySports’ closing line. The total went OVER 221.5 points in that game and it has now gone OVER in six of their last seven postseason games.
Both Kevin Durant and Stephen Curry played a major role in Golden State’s perfect 12-0 SU run through the first three rounds of the playoffs while going 8-4 ATS. Durant has been the team’s leading scorer against Cleveland with 71 combined points and Curry posted a triple-double (32 points, 10 rebounds and 11 assists) in Sunday night’s win. The Warriors led the NBA in scoring during the regular season with 115.9 points per game and they have elevated that average to 118.9 points through 14 postseason contests.
Can Cavs Turn it Around in Game 3 of NBA Finals?
Cleveland is going to have to make the most of its home court to climb back into this series. It went 5-1 SU in six previous playoff games at home this year, but that record falls to 2-4 ATS. The total went OVER BetAnySports’ closing line in five of those six outings. The Cavaliers have failed to cover ATS in four of their last five games overall to fall to 7-6-2 ATS in 15 playoff games.
LeBron James has led the way for Cleveland so far with 28 points and 15 rebounds in Game 1 followed by 29 points, 11 rebounds and 14 assists in Sunday night’s loss. The Cavaliers were able to connect on 50.3 percent of their shots from the field through the first three rounds of this year’s playoffs, but they shot just 34.9 percent in Game 1 and 45 percent in Game 2 against Golden State. In Sunday’s loss, they went an ineffective 8-for-29 from three-point range.
Cleveland could turn things around on Wednesday night at home if everything goes its way, but given just how good the Warriors have looked in their past six games, I am not about to start betting against them now.