Thursday, June 2, 2016
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The Cleveland Cavaliers travel to Oracle Arena to play the Golden State Warriors on Thursday in Game 1 of the NBA Finals. The opening line for this game has Golden State as 5.5 point favorites and the over/under has been set at 210.
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The Cavaliers had a regular season record of 57-25 and a road record of 24-17. They were 1st in the Central Division. They had a point differential of 6 as they averaged 104.3 points per game while giving up 98.3 per contest. Cleveland was 8-8 against division opponents and they had a conference record of 35-17. The Warriors had a regular season record of 73-9 and a home record of 39-2. They were 1st in the Pacific Division. They averaged 114.9 points per game and surrendered 104.1, good for a point differential of 10.8. Golden State had a division record of 15-1 and a conference record of 46-6.
Lebron James comes into this contest after averaging 25.3 points per game while playing 35.6 minutes per night this season for the Cavaliers. He pulled down 7.4 rebounds per game and dished out 6.8 assists per game as well. His field goal percentage was 52% while his free throw percentage was at 73%. Kyrie Irving averaged 19.6 points per game in 31.5 minutes per contest this season. He averaged 4.7 assists per contest and 3 rebounds per game for Cleveland. His field goal percentage was 45% for the year while his free throw percentage was 89%.
Stephen Curry averaged 30.1 points per game while playing 34.2 minutes per contest this year for the Warriors. He grabbed 5.4 rebounds per game and had 6.7 assists per contest on the year. His field goal percentage was 50% and his free throw percentage was at 91%. Draymond Green averaged 14 points per game this season and he saw the court an average of 34.7 minutes per contest. He also averaged 9.5 rebounds per contest and 7.4 assists per game. His field goal percentage was 49% and his free throw percentage was 70%.
Cleveland averaged 104.6 points per contest this season which ranked them 7th in the NBA. Their average scoring margin was 6.4 and their shooting percentage was 46% as a team which had them ranked 9th. Behind the arc they shot 37% which was good for 3rd in the league. They averaged 52.7 rebounds per game and 22.8 assists per game which ranked them 12th and 11th in those offensive categories. In the turnover department they ranked 6th with 13.3 per game. The Cavaliers allowed 98.2 points per game to their opponents which ranked them 5th in the league. They also allowed a 45% shooting percentage and a 35% average from behind the arc ranking them 14th and 13th in those defensive categories. Opponents averaged 49 rebounds a game which ranked 5th and they gave up 21.5 assists per contest which put them in 9th place in the league. They forced 13.2 turnovers per game which ranked them 23rd in the league.
Golden State averaged 114.7 points per game this year which ranked them 1st in the league. Their average scoring margin was 10.7 and their shooting percentage was 49% as a team which had them sitting in the 1st spot in the league. Behind the arc they shot 41% which was good for 1st in the NBA. They averaged 53.8 rebounds per game and 28.7 assists per contest which ranked them 5th and 1st respectively. In the turnover department the Warriors ranked 23rd with 15 per game. The Warriors allowed 104 points per game to their opponents which ranked them 19th in the league. They also allowed a 43% shooting percentage and a 34% average from behind the arc ranking them 2nd and 4th in those defensive statistics. Opponents averaged 53.3 rebounds a game which ranked 21st and they gave up 22 assists per contest which put them in 15th place in the league. The Warriors forced 14.6 turnovers per game which ranked them 15th in the NBA.
The Cavaliers averaged 102.3 points per game on the road this season and they have scored 114.7 ppg in their past 3 contests. They had an average scoring differential of 4 on the road and in their past 3 games their difference is 13 per contest. The Cavaliers had an offensive rating of 110.9 and a defensive rating of 104.5. In terms of pace they averaged 93.3 possessions per 48 minutes and their effective field goal percentage was 52%. As a team they had a true shooting percentage of 56% and they shot 3 pointers on 35% of their shots. Cleveland turned the ball over an average of 12.7 times per 100 possessions and they forced 12.6 on the defensive end. Their defensive effective field goal percentage for the season was 50%.
The Warriors scored 115.7 ppg at home and they have averaged 119.7 points per contest in their last 3 games. They have an average scoring differential of 1.7 in their past 3 contests and at home this season they had a difference of 14.1 points per game. The Warriors rating on offense was 114.5 and they had a defensive rating of 103.8. They had 99.3 possessions per 48 minutes and they had an effective field goal percentage of 56%. As a unit they had a true shooting percentage of 59% and they attempted 3 pointers on 36% of their shot attempts. Golden State turned the ball over on 13.5 out of every 100 possessions and their opponents averaged 12.6 turnovers per 100 possessions. Their defensive effective field goal percentage for the year was 48%.
Cleveland Cavaliers Betting Trends
The Cleveland Cavaliers were 37-43-2 against the spread
The Cleveland Cavaliers were 41-41-0 against the over/under
Golden State Warriors Betting Trends
The Golden State Warriors were 43-36-3 against the spread
The Golden State Warriors were 45-36-1 against the over/under
Cleveland Cavaliers Injuries
No key injuries to report
Golden State Warriors Injuries
05/31/16 PG Stephen Curry Knee injured last game, probable Thursday vs. Cleveland
Josh's Pick: Take Cleveland
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