Golden State is in the position everything thought they would be, up 2-0 over the underdog Cavs. This means that Cleveland desperately needs a victory in Game 3 to avoid falling into the dreaded 3-0 hole.
Do they have it in them? Find out as I preview Cavs and Warriors odds heading into Game 3. Also, keep in mind that you can bet on all the 2018 NBA Finals action at GTBets.
Cavs Warriors Game 3 Odds – 9:00pm on Wednesday (June 6)
- Golden State -4.5 (-114) / -198 moneyline
- Cleveland +4.5 (-104)/ +165 moneyline
- Over 217 (-109)
- Under 217 (-109)
Why Cleveland Will Cover +4.5
Cleveland had a rough outing in the second game, especially on the defensive end. They had multiple miscommunications that led to several layups.
This helped players like Kevin Durant (10-for-14), Klay Thompson (8-for-13), JaVale McGee (6-for-6), and Shaun Livingston (5-for-5) have strong shooting performances. Steph Curry didn’t have an amazing field goal percentage (11-for-26). But he did make an NBA Finals record nine three-pointers. In summary, it just wasn’t Cleveland’s night.
But now they’ve got their backs to the wall with a home game coming up. You know that Cleveland will fire many punches throughout this fight, because if they lose, then the series is undoubtedly over.
The good news for the Cavs is that they played poorly and still hung around until the fourth quarter. LeBron James, who had 29 points, 13 assists, and 9 rebounds, looks like he’ll be a juggernaut every time out. And Tristan Thompson also made a good contribution with 11 points on 5-for-8 shooting.
If Cleveland can get at least one or two other players going, then they have realistic chance to win their first game of the series.
Why Golden State Will Cover -4.5
Golden State was as efficient as ever in dismantling the Cavs. Three of the starters finished with 20+ points, and five players scored in double figures. They shot 57.3% from the floor and 41.7% from the three-point line.
Golden State also held most players not named LeBron to subpar shooting nights. This includes Kevin Love (7-for-18), J.R. Smith (2-for-9), and Jeff Green (2-for-7).
It’s hard for Golden State to make adjustments, because there’s really not much to change. They crushed the Cavs in most facets of the game and will look to repeat this performance in Game 3. As long as the Warriors don’t go cold, then they have a strong chance to go up 3-0.
Final Thoughts on Cavs Warriors Game 3 Odds
One could argue that Cleveland should’ve won the first game. If not for a few plays that went against them down the stretch, this series could easily be 1-1.
But the Cavs can’t argue with much that occurred in Game 2, as they were thoroughly beaten. Changes are, though, that they come out with a lot of fire and make the next contest close.
Meanwhile, Golden State hasn’t been exceptional on the road in the 2018 NBA Playoffs. They claimed a Game 7 victory in Houston to get here, but that was with Rockets guard Chris Paul out. The road aspect is what creates a little drama here.
Look for LeBron to lead Cleveland in an inspired performance that captures the team’s first victory of the series.
Final Score Prediction: Cleveland wins 107-104 and covers their +4.5 spread