The Golden State Warriors head to Cleveland up 2 to 0 in the 2017 NBA Finals best of seven series. In Game 2, Golden State rocked Cleveland 132 to 113. It’s do or die time for the Cavaliers. The game takes place at Quicken Loans Arena on Wednesday, May 7. Tip-off is scheduled for 9:00 pm ET.
The Golden State Warriors remain perfect in the 2017 NBA Playoffs. Golden State has not only won 14 straight games, but they’ve also covered in 10 of the 14. The Warriors have covered in 5 straight.
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) June 5, 2017
The Cleveland Cavaliers are now 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games during the playoffs. The Cavaliers have lost 3 out of their last 5 straight up after winning their first 10 games during the NBA Playoffs.
Warriors Vs Cavaliers NBA Finals Game 3 Odds
Golden State Warriors at Cleveland Cavaliers
When: Wednesday, June 7 at 9:00 PM ET
Where: Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland, OH
Spread: Golden State -2.5
Moneyline: Golden State -140 vs Cleveland +130
Why The Warriors Will Win
Golden State might be unbeatable. The Warriors have dominated the first two games in every fashion. In Game 1, Golden State’s defense showed up. It held the Cavaliers to 34.9% shooting from the field. The Cavs shot 35.5% from three. Cleveland scored 91 points.
In Game 2, Golden State’s offense showed up. Cleveland pushed the pace. All the Warriors did was match Cleveland’s offensive intensity with 132 points from 51.7% shooting from the field. The Warriors also shot 41.9% from three.
Also in Game 2, Kerr returned to the bench to a rousing ovation, waving to the fans while back on the sideline for the first time since Game 2 of the first round against Portland on April 19 because of pain issues stemming from complications after 2015 back surgery.
Why The Cavs Will Win
There were moments in Game 2 where it appeared Cleveland could stick with Golden State. After the first quarter, Golden State was only up 40 to 34. Cleveland outscored Golden State by 3 points, 30 to 27. On their home court this Wednesday, the Cavs figure to bring it.
Don’t forget, this was the same scenario the Cavs were facing last year after going down 3-1 in the series until they won three straight to take the title.
NBA Finals Game 3 Analysis
So far, it doesn’t appear that Cleveland belongs on the same court as Golden State. But, the light switch went off last season for the Cavaliers. Could it go off this season?
I’m not positive it will. Still, it is never a smart bet to go against LeBron James at the Quicken Loans Arena in Believeland. He understands what must be done for the Cavaliers to beat the Warriors. A couple of wins and Cleveland’s right back in this thing.
There are two things the Cavs must do. First, they must get points from starter J.R. Smith. He has three points in the two losses and shot 1-of-4 from beyond the arc. Smith must start driving to the hoop, not get aggressive with his jump shot.
Second, LeBron must start posting up. Nobody can take him on the blocks. Right now, he’s playing at the top of the key or on the wing. The Cavs must take it to Golden State inside.