The Finals — Warriors Look to Close out the Cavs
Can the Cavs Reach Deep in Game 4 of The Finals?
The Finals of the NBA Season are in full swing and Golden State is in sweet position. They aim to finish off a four-game sweep of Cleveland when they visit on Friday. Golden State is striving to win its third title in four seasons.
The Warriors can become the first team to sweep the best-of-7 finals since 2007. The San Antonio Spurs beat the Cavaliers that season. The Cavaliers are the 14th team to fall behind 0-3 in the NBA Finals. The other 13 lost the series.
Golden State is the only team in NBA history to lead consecutive NBA Finals 3-0. It was against the Cleveland Cavaliers both times.
Oddsmakers opened the Warriors as -5.5-point favorites versus the Cavaliers, while the game’s total opened at 215.5. The line is now 4.5 and the total has settled at 216. Tipoff is set for 9 pm EST on ABC.
Kevin Durant Took Over Game 3 in The Finals
The Warriors rode Kevin Durant’s 43-point outing to Wednesday’s 110-102. Don’t expect them to let their foot off the gas-pedal either.
Durant was very solid through the first two Finals games. Boy did he jockey himself to the front of the pack to win Finals MVP again. It would be for the second consecutive season if he does. In Game 3 he scored his playoff-career-high 43 points
Durant is averaging 31.7 points, 10.3 rebounds, and 6.7 assists in the series. His numbers are a little behind those of LeBron James. James is averaging 37.7 points, 9.0 rebounds, 10.7 assists. Durant has the better team, and it is not even close.
Stephen Curry set an NBA record with nine 3s in Game 2. He then shot 1 of 10 from 3 in Game 3. The Warriors still beat the Cavs for the 10th time in the last 11 games. That does count the regular season.
The Warriors are looking for their third title in four years. All of them have come against Cleveland. It would be their sixth title overall. That would tie them for third all time.
Don’t Expect the Cavs to Lie Down in The Finals
No team has ever come back from an 0-3 deficit in the NBA playoffs. Team down 0-3 are a cool 0-131 for those series. The Cavs are going to be a tough out. They’re 7-2 in elimination games since 2015. Cleveland has successfully faced down elimination three times already this season.
Kevin Love has had some very solid games. He has had at least 20 points and 10 boards in all three games so far. That is giving James at least one player producing, besides himself, against the Warriors.
The Cavs blew a 13-point lead in Game 3. Their disastrous final 36 seconds in regulation of Game 1 took away a win. The series would look a lot different than it does right now if they had made a few plays.
Kyle Korver is averaging 1.3 points on 1-of-10 shooting in the series.
Cleveland Cavaliers The Finals Betting Trends
Golden State Warriors The Finals Betting Trends
|Golden State||Away||Under is 4-0 in Warriors last 4 games as a favorite of 5.0-10.5.||100.00% (4)||4|1||0||||
|Golden State||Away||Under is 4-0 in Warriors last 4 games as a road favorite of 5.0-10.5.||100.00% (4)||0|4||0||||
|Warriors||Away||Under is 4-0 in Warriors last 4 playoff games as a favorite of 5.0-10.5.||100.00% (4)||4|1||0||||
|Warriors||Away||Under is 4-1 in Warriors last 5 games as an underdog of 5.0-10.5.||80.00% (5)||7|17||2||||
|Golden State||Away||Under is 5-0 in Warriors last 5 games as a road favorite.||100.00% (5)||0|5||0||||
|Cleveland||Home||Under is 5-1 in Cavaliers last 6 playoff games as a favorite of 0.5-4.5.||83.30% (6)||1|5||0||||
|Golden State||Away||Under is 5-1 in Warriors last 6 games as a road underdog.||83.30% (6)||1|5||0||||
|Golden State||Away||Under is 5-1 in Warriors last 6 games as an underdog.||83.30% (6)||1|5||0||||
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