The 2015 NBA Finals are heading east to Ohio as LeBron James and his gritty, under-manned Cleveland Cavaliers host Steph Curry and the Golden State Warriors with the oddsmakers setting the NBA playoff betting spread at an even pick.
The Cavaliers tied the best-of-seven series at an even 1 with a stunning 95-93 overtime win over the \Warriors in Game 2 on Sunday night at Oracle Arena. LeBron recorded a triple-double with 39 points, 16 rebounds and 11 assists in the win. This was his second straight legend-making performance to start the series — and the Cavs got just enough help elsewhere, not JR Smith, to steal a game on the road.
A Closer Look At The Golden State Warriors V Cleveland Cavaliers Game 3 NBA Playoff Betting Odds, Free 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
Game Total: 194.5
Stream: Watch ESPN
Radio: Golden State vs Cleveland
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The Golden State Warriors Will Beat the Cleveland Cavaliers If
If Steph Curry shoots better from the three-point line
In Cleveland’s 95 to 93 Game 2 victory over Golden State, one thing is apparent. The Golden State Warriors will not win the NBA Championship unless they can hit their three point shots.
The Warriors were an awful 22.9% from behind the arc. Nobody on Golden State’s squad was as awful as MVP Stephen Curry who was 2 out of 15 from the three-point line. Curry threw up duck after duck and scored only 19 points after shooting 5 out of 23. He simply wasn’t on versus the Cavaliers in Game 2.
— NBA on ESPN (@ESPNNBA) June 8, 2015
Klay Thompson wasn’t much better. Curry’s backcourt teammate went 4 out of 12 from behind the arc. Unless the Warriors are able to shoot much better than 22.9% from behind the three-point line, they won’t cover the spared in Game 3, much less win it. Curry and Thompson have to get hot from the arc.
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 Cleveland Cavaliers Will Beat the Golden State Warriors If
The Cavs can get some help for LeBron
Although the Cavaliers got away with the victory versus the Golden State Warriors in Game 2 of the NBA Finals, LeBron pretty much had to do everything on his own again. The Cavs victory had as much to do with Golden State’s inability to shoot 40% from the field and at least 35% from behind the three-point line.
Game 2 was an emotional one for LeBron James. pic.twitter.com/Pg4iJPLvKs
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) June 8, 2015
LeBron won’t be able to control every game in this series. The King scored 39 points, grabbed 16 boards and dished 11 assists. He won’t be able to produce a triple-double in every game, which means that if the Cavaliers are destined to cover the spread and win Game 3, another player is going to have to give LeBron some help. As well as Golden State figures to shoot in Game 3, after their terrible performance in Game 2, the Cavaliers will need a player to give LeBron some help in the scoring department in order to win.
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