After a pair of games in Cleveland, the best-of-7 series now moves back to Golden State’s Oracle Arena with the 2015 NBA Finals knotted at 2-2. Game 5 will tip-off on Sunday, June 14, at 8 p.m. Eastern on ABC. The early NBA betting odds had opened with Golden State as a 9-point favorites and quickly settled at -8.
Including the regular season and playoffs, the Warriors are 47-4 at home including Cleveland’s Game 2 win at the Oracle Arena. Cleveland is 7-2 on the road in this year’s playoffs, winning five of their seven victories on the road by at least eight points.
In Cavs playoff history, Cleveland has played in 14 series that were tied 2-2 (6-8 record in those series), including this year’s semifinals win over the Chicago Bulls.
Now with all eyes focused on the Oracle Arena, which team should you bet on to get the edge in the seven game series?
Cleveland Cavaliers Vs Golden State Warriors NBA Final Game 5 Odds, Pick & TV Info
Matchup: Cleveland Cavaliers at Golden State Warriors
Date: June. 14, 2015
Start Time: 8:00 PM ET
Location: Oakland, CA
Stadium: ORACLE Arena
TV Info: ABC
Spread: Warriors -8
Game Total: 195.5
Stream: Watch ESPN
Radio: Golden State vs Cleveland
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The Cavs Will Cover the 8-point Spread Versus the Warriors If
Coach Blatt can come up with a line-up that counters the Warriors ‘small ball’
LeBron James should be well-rested after 2 days off, but even a healthy LeBron may not make up the 21 point difference from the Cavaliers’ 82 to 103 Game 4 home loss to Golden State. LeBron will be more effective because he’s LeBron. Andrew Igoudala’s defense on LeBron, though, doesn’t figure to take a rest.
Andre Iguodala guarded LeBron on 63% of the Cavs' possessions in Game 4. LeBron went just 7-22 FG last night. pic.twitter.com/91Ss5whTdr
— NBA on ESPN (@ESPNNBA) June 12, 2015
So, The King gets 30 and the Cavaliers lose by what? 15 instead of 21? The problem for Cleveland is that they have to match Golden State’s small ball line-up with a small line-up of their own. The 5 on the floor should probably be: LeBron, Shumpert, J.R. Smith, Dellavedova and…who? Tristan Thompson is someone that could play, but he doesn’t shoot well from the perimeter. Maybe, Blatt should put in ‘The Matrix’, Shawn Marion. In any case, Coach Blatt has to find a way to counter Kerr’s small-ball line-up.
Cleveland Cavaliers’ Projected Starting Lineup with 2015 NBA Playoff Stats:
- LeBron James, SF 6′ 8, 29.3.5 PPG, 10.6 RPG, 8.8 APG
- Timofey Mozgov, C 7′ 1, 10.1 PPG, 7.4 RPG, 0.6 APG
- Tristan Thompson, C 6′ 9, 8.5 PPG, 10.4 RPG, 0.6 APG
- Iman Shumpert, SG 6′ 5, 9.7 PPG, 5.0 RPG, 1.3 APG
- Matthew Dellavedova SG 6’4, 6.7 PPG, 3.0 APG, 1.9 RPG
The Warriors Will Cover the 8-point Spread Versus the Cavs If
Curry and Co. can speed the game up like in Game 4
The reason that MVP Steph Curry and the Golden State Warriors won Game 4 so easily is because they picked up the pace. The offense flows better when they can pick up the pace. Even Curry was faster in one-on-one situations. He was already making moves and getting past the first defender before the second defender could get to him.
Steph Curry's family leading a "Warriors" chant late in Game 4. https://t.co/gtKRofm7EG
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) June 12, 2015
This is what makes the Warriors offense lethal. It’s the pace within the offense, the speed at which they play inside of their offensive sets, it’s not necessarily how fast they can score. If they’re faster cutting to the basket, swinging the ball, Curry is faster penetrating and dishing, popping a shot from behind the three, etc., the Warriors are impossible to stop. All they have to do is play the same way they played in Game 4 on Sunday in order to win and cover the spread in Game 5.
Golden State Warriors’ Projected Starting Lineup with 2015 NBA Playoff Stats:
- Draymond Green, SF 6’7, 13.6 PPG, 10.5 RPG, 4.9 APG
- Harrison Barnes, SF 6’8, 11.3 PPG, 5.1 RPG, 1.6 APG
- Andre Iguodala, SF 6’6, 9.4 PPG, 4.3 RPG, 3.3 APG
- Stephen Curry, PG 6’3, 28.4 PPG, 4.9 RPG, 6.4 APG
- Klay Thompson, SG 6’7, 20.6 PPG, 3.9 RPG, 2.8 APG