The Golden State Warriors took a three games to two lead in the NBA Finals against the Cleveland Cavaliers on Sunday night and you know what they say about winning game 5!
Winner takes all!
When the Finals have been tied 2-2, the Game 5 winner has claimed the series 71.4% of the time (20 of 28). Golden State can close out the series in Cleveland on Tuesday night where the Warriors are 4.5-point road favorites over the Cavaliers at the Quicken Loans Arena in Ohio.
A Closer Look At The Golden State Warriors Vs Cleveland Cavaliers NBA Final Game 6 Odds, Pick & Game Info
Matchup: Golden State Warriors at Cleveland Cavaliers
Date: June. 16 2015
Start Time: 9:00 PM ET
Location: Cleveland, OH
Stadium: Quicken Loans Arena
TV Info: ABC
Point Spread: Warriors -4.5
Game Total: 195
Stream: Watch ESPN
Radio: Cleveland vs Golden State
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Why You Should Bet On The Golden State Warriors To Cover The 4.5-point Spread Against the Cavs In Game 6
Cavaliers’ Coach David Blatt played a small ball lineup for most of Game 5. The lineup proved to be effective, but the problem is that even when Cleveland’s brand of small ball is effective, it’s difficult to make it effective for an entire game.
— NBA on ESPN (@ESPNNBA) June 15, 2015
Golden State has more moving parts in their small ball offense. They bring David Lee and Leandro Barbosa off of the bench for offense. By putting Shaun Livingston into the game with Steph Curry and Klay Thompson, Golden State has 3 point-guards on the floor. That puts a lot of pressure on the Cavs to keep up. Golden State is wearing down the Cavaliers so that by the start of the fourth quarter, LeBron and his teammates are gassed. If they do the same thing on Tuesday night, they’ll win the NBA Championship.
Why You Should Bet On The Cleveland Cavaliers To Cover The 4.5-point Spread Against the Warriors In Game 6
Coach Blatt tried to counter Coach Kerr by playing the same type of small ball game that the Warriors unleashed onto the Cavs in Game 4. It didn’t work because nobody can do small ball as well as the Golden State Warriors.
"I feel confident because I'm the best player in the world." – LeBron James http://t.co/DE8s1Lh6fM
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) June 15, 2015
What Coach Blatt should consider doing is countering Kerr’s small ball with a different type of offense altogether. He should play Timofey Mozgov, Tristan Thompson and LeBron James upfront with J.R. Smith and Matthew Dellavedova in the backcourt. They need to run the pick and roll with Smith, Thompson and LeBron and they need to let Dellavedova run to the basket or spot up for easy shots once the double-team comes to the player in the post. In other words, what they need to do is slow down the game and play traditional basketball: point-guard (Dellavedova) to post with some LeBron isolations sprinkled in once in a while. If they don’t do that, they’ll lose again on Tuesday night.