Tuesday, June 9th, 2014
NBA Finals - Game 3
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The Golden State Warriors take on the Cleveland Cavaliers on Tuesday in Game 3 of the NBA Finals. The series is tied 1-1. The opening line had the Cavs as 2.5 point favorites and the over/under is set at 194.
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Sunday's Game 2 was a classic just like Game 1. It required overtime once again but unlike in Game 1, the Cavs came out on top 95-93 in an ugly slugfest between the two teams. Lebron James finished with 39 points, 16 rebounds and 11 assists in 50 minutes, carrying the Cavs on the road. The Warriors had been 47-3 at Oracle Arena. The overtime was 8-6 in favor of Cleveland, as they stole an important game on the road before heading back to their home floor. "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, who shot 11-of-35 from the floor and seemed to wear down as the game dragged on. "To be back in the same position we were in three days ago and to come back and even the series is big time." Timofey Mozgov finished with 17 points and 11 rebounds for the Cavs, helping the void left by the Kyrie Irving injury. Matthew Dellavedova had a scrappy game for Cleveland as well, finishing with the game clinching free throws in overtime.
Stephen Curry had one of the worst shooting performances of his entire career, finishing with 19 points on 5 of 23 from the floor. That included 2 for 15 from 3 point range and 6 turnovers. "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." Klay Thompson had a great game for Golden State, finishing with 34 points and 5 rebounds in the losing effort.
The Warriors are 5-1 against the spread in their last 6 vs. the Eastern Conference and are 5-2 against the spread in their last 7 games playing on 1 days rest. They are 11-5 against the spread in their last 16 road games vs. a team with a winning home record and are 24-11 against the spread in their last 35 games following a straight up loss. Golden State is 2-6 against the spread in their last 8 vs. the Central Division and the under is 4-0 in their last 4 Tuesday games. The under is 6-0 in the Warriors last 6 games following an against the spread loss and is 6-1 in their last 7 vs. the Central Division. The under is also 8-2 in the Warriors last 10 games playing on 1 days rest amd is 4-1 in their last 5 games following a S.U. loss.
The Cavaliers are 14-3 against the spread in their last 17 vs. the Western Conference and are 7-2 against the spread in their last 9 vs. the Pacific Division. They are 5-2 against the spread in their last 7 games vs. a team with a winning S.U. record and are 5-2 against the spread in their last 7 games overall. Cleveland is 3-8 against the spread in their last 11 games following an against the spread win and the under is 5-0 in their last 5 home games vs. a team with a road winning % of greater than .600. The over is 4-0 in the Cavaliers last 4 home games vs. a team with a winning road record and is 4-0 in their last 4 home games. The under is 4-1 in Cleveland's last 5 vs. a team with a winning S.U. record and is 10-4-1 in their last 15 vs. the Pacific Division. The under is also 36-17-1 in their last 54 games playing on 1 days rest.
In head to head matchups, the under is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings and the Warriors are 10-4 against the spread in the last 14 meetings.
Cleveland Cavaliers Betting Trends
Cleveland Cavaliers are 48-50-0 Against the Spread
Cleveland Cavaliers are 41-56-0 against the Over/Under
Golden State Warriors Betting Trends
Golden State Warriors are 54-41-4 Against the Spread
Golden State Warriors are 43-55-0 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
Guy's Pick: Take Golden State
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