- They’re dealing with the offensive shell of Klay Thompson, with the All-Star guard shooting 37% during the playoffs.
- The Warriors rested for 9 days, which could’ve made them rusty.
- And the last edge is that the pressure is on Golden State to win, thanks to the addition of Kevin Durant.
Despite these advantages, the Cavilers weren’t even close to Golden State, falling 113-91.
Meanwhile, Golden State looked as sharp as ever, running their playoff record to a perfect 13-0. And given their dismantling of the Cavs, it’s a wonder if they’ll even be challenged in these Finals.
Let’s discuss whether the Warriors will keep rolling, or if Cleveland can offer up some resistance in Game 2. We’ll also cover the betting line and offer some advice in this category too.
NBA Finals Game 2: Cleveland Cavaliers vs Golden State Warriors (Warriors lead series 1-0)
- Game time: Sunday, June @ 8:00pm ET
- GTBets.eu Betting Line: Cleveland +8.5 (-110); Golden State -8.5 (-110)
- Over/Under: 221 (-110)
- Money line: Cleveland +320, Golden State -420
Why the Cavs will Cover their +8.5 Spread
This loss was ugly. But when you look at some of the other matchups between these two teams, it’s definitely not unusual. In the last 11 times the Warriors and Cavs have met in the Finals, there’s only been one close game.
The last real contest between these two teams was Game 7, where the Cavs won the championship 93-89.
When Golden State wins against Cleveland in the Finals, they average 107 points, with the Cavs averaging 91.5 points. When the Cavs win, they average 105, with the Warriors averaging 94.
Taking all of this into account, Cleveland’s 22-point loss isn’t necessarily an indication that they can’t hang with Golden State. In fact, they can play with the Warriors if they get more physical.
Kevin Love alluded to this point after Thursday’s game.
“The onus is definitely on us,” said Love. “That’s a mindset. Like I mentioned, we need to understand when to take fouls, when to be super-assertive, super-aggressive on the defensive end and in the open court, know how we’re going to fan out to different defenders, not open up the lane for certain guys, and just make second and third efforts to get the 50-50 balls.”
Besides getting more physical, Cleveland could also do a much better job of handling the basketball. They quickly piled up 15 turnovers in the first half and finished the game with 20.
Assuming Cleveland takes care of the ball and plays more aggressive, we may see a different game on Sunday.
Cleveland ATS: Cleveland is 5-1-2 against the spread (ATS) in road playoff games. Their lone loss is to the Warriors, but we don’t see this happening again on Sunday.
Why the Warriors will Cover their -8.5 Spread
The team’s biggest stars came through, with Durant scoring 38 points on 14-of-26 shooting, and Curry adding 28 points on 11-of-22 shooting. KD also added 9 boards and 8 assists, while Curry dished out 10 assists.
As mentioned before, the Warriors committed just 4 turnovers, which was a big reason for their win. They also played stifling defense on Cleveland, putting the pressure on LeBron James’ supporting cast.
The only thing that the Warriors could improve upon is their shooting. You wouldn’t know it from the score, but they hit just 42.5% of their shots.
Draymond Green (3-of-12) and Thompson (3-of-16) had really tough nights. If these two can hit around the same rate as KD and Curry, then Cleveland is in some real trouble.
Golden State ATS: Golden State is 3-4 ATS in home playoff games. Considering their -8.5 spread against a Cavs team coming off a loss, we don’t like them in this contest.
Final Thoughts on Cavs vs Warriors Betting
No NBA team in history has cruised through the playoffs at the rate that Golden State is. They’re 13-0, and, given their most-recent game, they don’t show any signs of slowing down.
As Love said, the onus is on Cleveland to come out and play physical. They’re certainly capable of doing so, and we can even see them winning thanks to their star power and complimentary role players.
Even if Cleveland doesn’t win, the second game should be close enough that they’re at least worth a bet.
Final Score Prediction: Cavs win 113-109, and cover their +8.5 spread.