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Tuesday, June 6, 2017

NBA Odds: Cavaliers-Warriors Series Shifts to Cleveland

The Cleveland Cavaliers haven’t been able to hang with the Golden State Warriors in Games 1 and 2. However, that was the case in last year’s NBA Finals too before they came back and won it.

The Cavaliers have been run off the court in Games 1 and 2, losing both by 22 and 19 points. LeBron James has played about as well as they could have asked, putting up 29 points, 14 assists and 11 rebounds in Game 2. But the Warriors have been in complete control in the fourth quarters of each game.

Golden State is averaging an incredible 122.5 points per game in the NBA Finals. Kevin Durant has been incredible, averaging 35.5 points, 11.0 rebounds, 7.0 assists, 2.5 blocks and 1.5 steals per game. Paired with Steph Curry, who’s averaging 30.0 points per game in the Finals, it’s hard to see how the Cavaliers can win this series unless one of these two cools off.

Golden State has won all 14 of their playoffs games so far. They’ll somehow have to lose four of the next six games if they’re to fall in the NBA Finals.

NBA Odds: Cavaliers-Warriors Series Shifts to Cleveland

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NBA Odds: Cavaliers’ Defense Hurting in NBA Finals

The Cleveland Cavaliers have lost the first two games of the NBA Finals mostly because their defense doesn’t seem to have any answers for the Golden State Warriors. That will have to change if the Cavs are going to get back into this series.

The Cavs had given up more than 111 points just once in their first 13 playoff games, but they’ve given up more than that in each of the first two games of the NBA Finals. Golden State has scored at least 30 points in six of the first eight quarters played so far while averaging 15 three-pointers per game.

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