The Cleveland Cavaliers are coming into this series off of a 4-1 win over the Boston Celtics in the Conference Finals. They pretty much crushed them in all except one game and the only way Boston was able to get by them in that one game was with a last second three-pointer. To put the entirety of the series in perspective, the Cavaliers outscored the Celtics 605 to 499. Still leading the charge for the Cavaliers is LeBron James. James is now playing in his seventh straight NBA Final and he’s far and away have the best post-season of his career. He’s the leading scorer of the players left in the post season, averaging 32.5 points per game, and he’s come by that average while also managing to be one of the most prolific passers in the post season. He’s ranked ninth in the playoffs in assists, averaging 7.0 per start. And LeBron has not been alone in making sure the Cavaliers make their mark on the scoreboard. Kyrie Irving has averaged 24.5 points per game during the 2017 playoffs and Kevin Love has averaged 17.2 of his own. The biggest issue that will be dogging the Cavaliers will be their inability to their opponents in check from beyond the three point line. They’ve kept their opponents to only a 36% completion rate from beyond the long line and that’s especially troublesome against a team like the Warriors.
Looking to the Golden State Warriors, no one has had an easier time in these playoffs than them. They haven’t played a single extraneous game, winning all three of their first series in four games. And just like LeBron James has led the Cavaliers, Steph Curry has continued to lead the Warriors. He’s averaged 28.6 points per game so far in these playoffs which is his highest post season mark ever and he’s achieved that thanks to his best ever three point completion percentage in a playoff run (43%). But this is not totally unfamiliar territory for this match up and it means little in the context. What really matters for the Warriors is that they’ve made some roster improvements since losing the NBA Finals to the Cavaliers last season. Most importantly they added Kevin Durant and he’s given them more than 25 points per game during the playoffs. The Cavaliers were able to figure out how to guard Curry last year, but they might never figure out how to guard Durant at the same time in this brand new battle.
Cavaliers vs. Warriors Spread, Total, and Money Line Odds from Bet365
Current Series Status – Warriors Lead Series 3-1
Game 5 Odds – June 12th
|Teams||Money Line||Spread||Totals Odds|
|Cleveland Cavaliers||4.20||+9.0 @ 1.90||Over 231.5 @ 1.90|
|Golden State Warriors||1.25||-9.0 @ 1.90||Under 231.5 @ 1.90|