Golden State Vs Cleveland Game 6 Odds & Expert Pick

Golden State Vs Cleveland Game 3 NBA Odds, Final Score Prediction & TV Info

LeBron James has turned on his "MJ, get out of my way, I’m gonna win no matter what, kicking and screaming" switch and the Warriors should be afraid, very afraid as the two squads head into Game 3 of the 2015 NBA Finals best-of-seven series. The basketball odds-makers have set the point spread at an even PICK making this anyone’s game to win.

A game three win tonight at home would give the Cavs a two games to one series lead and will push Golden State against ropes having to beat a LeBron James lead team three times in four outings. A tall task for a squad led by a rookie head-coach and zero NBA Finals experience.

But does that mean you should bet the farm on the Cavs to beat the Warriors and win the 2015 NBA Championship? Not necessarily, with Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving both out for the season with injuries LeBron’s supporting cast now includes Tristan Thompson and Matthew Dellavedova and if the Cavs are to have a chance to win game 3, J.R. Smith can’t go 5-13, Iman Shumpert can’t go 2-11 and Thompson can’t go 0-5.

“It’s not cute at all,” LeBron said. “If you’re looking for us to play sexy, cute basketball, then that’s not us. That’s not us right now. Everything is tough. You know, we’re going to come in with an aggressive mindset defensively.”

Golden State Warriors Vs Cleveland Cavaliers Game 3 NBA Playoff Spread, ATS Pick & TV Info

Matchup: Golden State Warriors at Cleveland Cavaliers
Date: June. 9, 2015
Start Time: 9:00 PM ET
Location: Cleveland, OH
Stadium: Quicken Loans Arena
TV Info: ABC
Spread: pk
Game Total: 194.5
Stream: Watch ESPN
Radio: Golden State vs Cleveland

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

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
  • Andrew Bogut, C 7’0, 5.0 PPG, 8.6 3 RPG, 2.0 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

The Cavaliers won game two of the 2015 NBA Finals in OT by a score 95-93, covering the spread as 7.5 point road underdogs. The final score went UNDER the game total set by the NBA odds-makers due to an impressive defensive effort by the Cavs at the Oracle Arena on Sunday Night.

Cleveland was led by Lebron James, who scored 39 points, while shooting 11 of 35 from the field and three of six from three points while grabbing 16 rebounds and 11 assists. James has averaged 41.5 points per game in the first two fames of this best-of-seven NBA Final. This was his fifth career triple-double in a NBA Final game.

"I tried to give it all to my teammates. And they do a great job of giving it back to me. Total team effort," said James. "To be back in the same position we were in three days ago and to come back and even the series is big time."

Center Timofey Mozgov has been the quiet assasin for the Cavs, averaging 16.5 points per game against the Warriors in the finals, along 9.0 rebounds per game. But it was the addition of shooting guard Dellavedova (9 points & 5 rebounds in game two) to the starting lineup that killed the Warriors in Game 2.

"That’s the classic thing you practice as a kid growing up," Dellavedova said. "I felt like I’ve been in that situation a million times before."

How big was Dellavedova for the Cavs? League MVP and the Warriors golden ticket, Stephen Curry went 0-for-8 with four turnovers while being guarded by Dellavedova — some of the most jaw-dropping stats you’ll ever see in the postseason. While Irving played a fantastic defensive Game 1, it’s no secret he’s often a target defensively and unlikely to be the centerpiece of Curry having a 5-for-23 shooting night, as Dellavedova was.

The Cavaliers have shot 36.8% from the field, 31.1% from three points, grabbing 50.0 rebounds per game, and adding 16.5 assists per game in these NBA finals.

It may sound like I have already picked to bet the Cavs to beat the Warriors in Game 3, but Golden State has had a few days to adjust their game-plan based on the Cleveland’s roster changes.

Golden State has averaged 103.9 points per game in the 2015 NBA postseason but has been limited to 92.5 points per game in the first two meetings in regulation against the Cavs. In game two the Cavs were lead by shooting guard Klay Thomson, who scored 34 points on 14-28 from the field, and 4-12 from three points. Point guard Curry added 19 points but had an off night shooting 5 of 28 from the field, and 2 of 15 from three points.

"Shots I normally make I knew as soon as they left my hand that they were off. That doesn’t usually happen," Curry said. "Mechanically, I don’t know if there is an explanation for it. Just didn’t have a rhythm and didn’t find one the whole game."

The Warriors are shooting 45.65% from the field, and 29.95% from three-point land, while adding 20.0 assists per game and averaging 46.5 rebounds per game in these NBA Finals.

Cleveland is 3-8 ATS in their last 11 games following an ATS win, 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games overall, 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games vs. a team with a winning SU record, 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games as a home favorite of 0.5-4.5 points, and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 playoff games as an underdog.

Golden State is 24-11 ATS in their last 35 games following a SU loss, 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games playing on 1 day rest, 19-7-1 ATS in their last 27 playoff games as an underdog, 11-5 ATS in their last 16 road games vs. a team with a winning home record.

NBA Final Game 3 Final Score Prediction: Cavaliers 95-101 Warriors.

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