Game 1 of the NBA Final went to OT where the home-team took over and won by a score of 108-100. The Golden State Warriors covered the 6-point spread as home-town NBA Final betting favorites over the Cleveland Cavaliers. The wild finish pushed the Warriors to 7.5-point favorites over the Cavs for game two of this best-of-seven series.
The Cavs also may have lost phenom Kyrie Irving for an extended period of time after he limped off of the court, missing OT, after he re-aggravated his knee tendonitis and foot maladies. Kyrie proved his mettle after gutting out almost 44 minutes, making critical shots on his way to 23 points and did his best to keep Cleveland close when LeBron James took his rare rest breaks. The Cavaliers benefited greatly with Irving on the court as they were a +5 with Irving on the floor and -13 — much of that in overtime — when he sat.
— NBA on ESPN (@ESPNNBA) June 5, 2015
A Closer Look At The Cleveland Vs Golden State NBA Final Game 2 Odds, Stats & Pick
Matchup: Cleveland Cavaliers at Golden State Warriors
Date: June. 7, 2015
Start Time: 8:00 PM ET
Location: Oakland, CA
Stadium: ORACLE Arena
TV Info: ABC
Spread: Warriors -7.5
Game Total: 201.5
Stream: Watch ESPN
Radio: Cleveland vs Golden State
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Cleveland Cavaliers’ Projected Starting Lineup:
- LeBron James, SF 6′ 8, 28.7.5 PPG, 10.3 RPG, 7.8 APG
- Timofey Mozgov, C 7′ 1?, 9.6 PPG, 7.5 RPG, 0.6 APG
- Tristan Thompson, C 6′ 9?, 8.9.5 PPG, 8.4 RPG, 0.6 APG
- Kyrie Irving, PG 6′ 3?, 19.0 PPG, 3.8 RPG, 3.5 APG
- Iman Shumpert, SG 6′ 5?, 9.9 PPG, 4.4 RPG, 0.6 APG
Golden State Warriors’ Game 5 Projected Starting Lineup:
- Draymond Green, SF 6-7, 13.9 PPG, 10.1 RPG
- Harrison Barnes, SF 6-8, 11.3 PPG, 5.2 RPG
- Andrew Bogut, C 7-0, 5.2 PPG, 8.2 3PG
- Stephen Curry, PG 6-3, 29.0 PPG, 5.1 RPG
- Klay Thompson, SG 6-7, 19.8 PPG, 4.2 RPG
In OT the Warriors outscored the Cavaliers 10-2 and pushed the game total was over the 203.5 points expected by the NBA Finals oddsmakers. Steph Curry led the way for Golden State with 26 points and eight assists in the win, hitting 10-20 from the field, and 2-6 from three-point land, he also had four rebounds and two steals.
"It was just a classic five minutes that we needed to get that win," Curry said of the overtime.
Shooting guard Klay Thompson, who dealt with concussion-like symptoms during the week before the game, added 21 points, going 5-14 from the field and 3-9 from three points. "That’s what we’ve been doing the whole year," Thompson said, "wearing down teams."
The Warriors shot 44.3% from the field, 37.0% from three points, grabbing 48 rebounds, and adding 24 assists in game one of the finals. Golden State also scored 14 points off fast breaks, 40 points in the paint and committed 12 turnovers.
— NBA on ESPN (@ESPNNBA) June 5, 2015
The Cavaliers were led by a monumental effort from Lebron James, who had a career-high in the playoffs 44 points, shooting 18-38 from the field, 2-8 from the three point arc, grabbing eight rebounds and recording six assists.
"I got to where I wanted to get, step back, made them before," James said. "It’s a make-or-miss league, and we had our chances."
Irving added 23 points on half a leg, going 10-22 from the field and 2-4 from 3-point land. "Obviously you can see in the tone of my voice I’m a little worried," said Irving.
The Cavaliers shot 41.5% from the field, 29.0% from 3-point land, with 45 rebounds and 16 assists. Cleveland had eight points off fast breaks, 44 points in the paint along 12 turnovers.
NBA Finals Game 1 winners are 48-20 in the series. Lebron James’ teams are 18-2 in playoff series when winning the opening game and 7-5 when losing it.
The Warriors are 1-6 ATS in their last 7 Sunday games, 2-5 ATS in their last 7 after allowing 100 points or more in their previous game, 23-11 ATS in their last 34 games vs. a team with a winning % above .600, 21-8-2 ATS in their last 31 home games vs. a team with a winning road record, and 20-5-1 ATS in their last 26 games playing on 2 days rest.
The Cavaliers are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 after allowing 100 points or more in their previous game, 2-5 ATS in their last 7 Sunday games, 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games following an ATS loss, 1-4 ATS in their last 5 NBA Championship games, 4-13 ATS in their last 17 games as an underdog, and 4-10 ATS in their last 14 games as a road underdog.