Sunday, June 7th, 2014
NBA Finals - Game 2
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The Golden State Warriors take on the Cleveland Cavaliers on Sunday in Game 2 of the NBA Finals. The Warriors lead the series 1-0. The opening line had the Warriors as 6.5 point favorites and the over/under is set at 201.5.
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The big story coming into this game is the unfortunate status of Kyrie Irving. He has been diagnosed with a fractured kneecap and is now out for the season. The injury happened in the overtime period in Irving's best playoff performance this year. As exciting as Game 1 was, this injury makes it feel like the series may be over. Game 1 was a classic, however, as there were 13 lead changes and 11 ties. Most of the final stats were dead even as well, but you get a feeling that may be the best game of the series.
Lebron James was 18 for 38 from the field for the Cavs. He ended up with 44 points, 8 rebounds, and 6 assists in the losing effort. Irving had 23 points, 7 rebounds, and 6 assists up until the injury. Tristan Thompson chipped in with 15 rebounds, including 6 on the offensive end.
Stephen Curry led Golden State with 26 points, 8 assists, and 4 rebounds. Klay Thompson added 21 points and 6 rebounds while Draymond Green had 12 points, 6 rebounds, and 3 assists. The Warriors bench was a huge storyline, as they outscored Cleveland 34-9. J.R. Smith was the only Cav bench player to score. Curry started off the overtime with 4 straight free throws, and the Warriors never looked back. They eventually grew the lead to 8 before Cleveland even scored, and by then the game was in the books. Golden State is now 47-3 at home this season, including 8-1 in the playoffs.
The Cavaliers are 13-3 against the spread in their last 16 vs. the Western Conference and are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 after allowing 100 points or more in their previous game. They are 7-2 ATS in their last 9 games playing on 2 days rest and are 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games following an ATS loss. Cleveland is 6-2 ATS in their last 8 vs. the Pacific Division and are 9-4 ATS in their last 13 when their opponent scores 100 points or more in their previous game. The under is 4-1 in the Cavaliers last 5 road games vs. a team with a winning home record and is 4-1 in their last 5 road games vs. a team with a home winning % of greater than .600. The under is also 68-27-2 in Cavaliers last 97 Sunday games and is 36-15-1 in their last 52 when their opponent allows 100 points or more in their previous game.
The Warriors are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 vs. the Eastern Conference and are 20-5-1 ATS in their last 26 games playing on 2 days rest. They are 21-8-2 ATS in their last 31 home games vs. a team with a winning road record and are 23-11 ATS in their last 34 games vs. a team with a winning % above .600. Golden State is 2-5 ATS in their last 7 after allowing 100 points or more in their previous game and are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 vs. the Central Division. They are also 3-8 ATS in their last 11 when their opponent allows 100 points or more in their previous game and are 1-6 ATS in their last 7 Sunday games. The under is 5-0 in the Warriors last 5 Sunday games and is 3-0-1 in their last 4 after allowing 100 points or more in their previous game. The under is also 7-1-1 in the Warriors last 9 home games and is 7-1-1 in their last 9 when their opponent allows 100 points or more in their previous game.
In head to head matchups, the home team is 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings and the favorite is 5-2 ATS in the last 7 meetings. The Cavaliers are 3-10 ATS in the last 13 meetings and are 1-6 ATS in the last 7 meetings in Golden State.
Cleveland Cavaliers Betting Trends
Cleveland Cavaliers are 47-50-0 Against the Spread
Cleveland Cavaliers are 41-55-0 against the Over/Under
Golden State Warriors Betting Trends
Golden State Warriors are 54-40-4 Against the Spread
Golden State Warriors are 43-54-0 against the Over/Under
Injuries to Watch
12/24/14 C Anderson Varejao Achilles out for season
06/05/15 G Kyrie Irving Knee out for season
04/27/15 F Kevin Love Shoulder out for season
Golden State Warriors
05/03/15 C Ognjen Kuzmic Ankle out indefinitely
Josh's Pick: Take Golden State
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