Can the Warriors’ small ball beat the Cav’s Grit Squad in Game 5 of the NBA Final?
The Golden State Warriors got ‘Iggy with it’ in taking down LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers 103-82 in Thursday night’s Game 4 matchup to even the 2015 NBA Finals at two games apiece
Now, the Warriors will look to pull off a repeat performance and take a series lead for the first time since winning the opening stanza of this intriguing pairing.
Best of all, you’re about to find out if the Dubs can complete their stated task against a Cavaliers tam that may be undermanned, but one that simply will not go down without a fight as long as LeBron James is on the roster.
Cleveland Cavaliers Vs Golden State Warriors Game 5 Spread, & ATS Pick
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
Warriors’ head coach Steve Kerr made an ingenious move by inserting veteran swingman Andre Iguodala into the starting lineup in place of veteran center Andrew Bogut – and the move worked perfectly for a Golden State team in desperate need of a spark.
Steve Kerr credited video coordinator Nick U'Ren with the idea to start Andre Iguodala over Andrew Bogut. http://t.co/o47iTND327
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) June 12, 2015
‘Iggy’ scored a team-high 22 points and added eight rebounds while simultaneously harassing Cavs superstar LeBron James into a dismal 7-for-22 shooting night while helping the Dubs regain homecourt advantage.
The win represented the largest margin of victory in what has been an extremely tight series.
"He looks great out there," Kerr said of Iguodala. "He’s been our best player through four games."
The Cavs got 20 points, 12 rebounds and eight assists from James, but Cleveland shot a pitiful 29-for-88 from the field (33.0 percent) in the humbling loss.
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
James also suffered a gash on his head when he inadvertently fell into a cameraman late in regulation. The Cavs got some absolutely horrific perimeter shooting from guards Matthew Dellavedova (3-for-14), J.R. Smith (2-for-12) and Iman Shumpert (2-for-9) and know they’ll need to do better if they want to complete their finals upset over the favored Warriors.
"Defensively, we were pretty good," James said. "Offensively, we were terrible. There’s no way we can go 4-for-27 at the 3-point line and expect to win. Our offense hurt us just as bad as anything."
Center Timofey Mozgov had a game for the ages in scoring a team-high 28 points and grabbing 10 rebounds but the blossoming 7-1 big man struggled on the perimeter defensively
"At the end of the day, you’re going to want Mozgov to beat you," Green said. "You’re going to take the chance on Mozgov beating you before you take the chance on LeBron beating you."
Golden State also got 22 points from reigning league MVP Steph Curry while forwards Draymond Green added 17 points. Blossoming small forward Harrison Barnes chipped in 14 points and eight rebounds after going scoreless on 0-for-8 shooting in Game 3.
James took a nasty spill and suffered a cut on his head in the second quarter after Golden State center Andrew Bogut refused to give up a free layup (finally) and sent James crashing into a row of cameramen.
"I was just trying to regain my composure," James said. "It was hurting, and I was hoping it wasn’t bleeding. Obviously, the camera cut me pretty bad. Our medical staff did a great job of stopping the bleeding."
Cavs Vs Warriors Game 5 Against the Spread Betting Prediction
I have absolutely no doubt whatsoever that the Cleveland Cavaliers are in real and legitimate trouble right now as they go back to Golden State to take on a Warriors team that played Game 4 much like they did all season.
After playing at a snail’s pace (for them) for the better part of the first three games, the Warriors spread the floor and pushed the tempo. Now, heading back home I believe the Warriors are a virtual lock to win this contest and cash in against a Cleveland team that simply doesn’t have enough firepower to keep up.
The Cavaliers may be 4-1 ATS in their last 5 road games and a surprising 15-4 ATS in their last 19 games against Western Conference foes, but they’re also 1-4 ATS in their last five games following a double-digit loss at home.
Conversely, Golden State is 6-2 ATS in their last eight games against Eastern Conference opponents and a blistering 17-7-1 ATS in their last 25 home games against a team with a winning road record.
While Game 5 could turn into another knock-down, drag-out affair, I just don’t see that happening now that the Warriors have found a bit of their ‘mojo’ thanks to Andre ‘Iggy’ Iguodala.
The Dubs will win and narrowly cover the NBA Finals ATS odds.