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Tuesday, June 6, 2017

NBA Odds: Can Warriors Keep up the Pace in Cleveland?

This might be the greatest basketball team of all-time. The Golden State Warriors devastated the defending champion Cleveland Cavaliers in the first two games of the NBA Finals, winning both games at home by a combined 41 points. Game 3 is in Cleveland this Wednesday; tip-off is 9 PM ET on ABC.

The Cavaliers played better in Game 2 on Sunday, going into the dressing room down just three points, but Golden State kept their foot on the gas pedal while Cleveland faltered in the second half. Final score: Warriors 132, Cavaliers 113. With head coach Steve Kerr returning to active duty, the Dubs easily covered as 9-point home favourites, blowing out the posted total of 222 points. This was just the second playoff game in NBA history where two opposing players – LeBron James and Stephen Curry – finished with triple-doubles. But for the second straight game, it looked like James was out of breath in the late stages. The Warriors used their superior bench strength to put the kibosh on Cleveland. Unless the Cavs make some wholesale changes going home for Game 3, it won’t matter how well James plays down the stretch.

NBA Odds: Can Warriors Keep up the Pace in Cleveland?

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NBA Odds: Cavs Down 0-2 Going Back to Cleveland

The Cleveland Cavaliers head back home down 0-2 in the 2017 NBA Finals after losing the first two games straight up and against the spread to the Golden State Warriors by wide margins. Game 3 is Wednesday at 9 PM ET on ABC.

Cleveland kept things closer in Game 2 on Sunday, but they ran out of gas in the second half and eventually lost 132-113 as 9-point road dogs – this was despite LeBron James recording a triple-double for the Cavs. Stephen Curry did the same for Golden State, and Kevin Durant led all scorers with 33 points.

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