Thursday, June 1, 2017
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The Cleveland Cavaliers travel to Oracle Arena to play the Golden State Warriors on Thursday, June 1, 2017 in Game 1 of the NBA Finals. The opening line for this matchup has Golden State as 7 point favorites.
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Cleveland is coming off a 4-1 Eastern Conference Finals victory over the Boston Celtics. The Cavaliers finished the regular season with an overall record of 51-31. They were 1st in the Central Division. They had a point differential of 3.1 as they averaged 110.3 points per game while giving up 107.2 per contest. Golden State is coming off a sweep of the San Antonio Spurs in the Western Conference Finals. They are 16-0 so far this postseason. The Warriors had a regular season record of 67-15. They finished the year 1st in the Pacific Division. They averaged 115.9 points per game and surrendered 104.3, good for a point differential of 11.6.
Valuable Cleveland Cavaliers Betting Trends
The Cleveland Cavaliers are 36-43-3 against the spread
The Cleveland Cavaliers are 47-35-0 against the over/under
Important Golden State Warriors Betting Trends
The Golden State Warriors are 39-39-4 against the spread
The Golden State Warriors are 32-50-0 against the over/under
Key Cleveland Cavaliers Injuries
No key injuries to report
Key Golden State Warriors Injuries
05/23/17 PG Patrick McCaw Ankle injured last game, probable
05/22/17 C Zaza Pachulia Heel "?"
LeBron James comes into this contest averaging 26.4 points per game while playing 37.8 minutes per night so far this season for the Cavaliers. He pulls down 8.6 rebounds per game and dishes out 8.7 assists per game as well. His field goal percentage is 55% while his free throw percentage is currently at 67%. Kyrie Irving averages 25.2 points per game in 35.1 minutes per contest this season. He averages 5.8 assists per contest and 3.2 rebounds per game for Cleveland. His field goal percentage is 47% for the year while his free throw percentage is 91%.
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Stephen Curry averages 25.3 points per game while playing 33.4 minutes per contest this year for the Warriors. He grabs 4.5 rebounds per game and has 6.6 assists per contest on the year. His field goal percentage is 47% and his free throw percentage currently is at 90%. Kevin Durant averages 25.1 points per game this season and he sees the court an average of 33.4 minutes per contest. He also averages 8.3 rebounds per contest and 4.9 assists per game. His field goal percentage is 54% and his free throw percentage is 88%.
Useful Team Statistics
Cleveland averages 110.3 points per contest this season which ranks them 4th in the NBA. Their average scoring margin is 3.18 and their shooting percentage is 47% as a team which has them ranked 5th. Behind the arc they shoot 38% which is good for 2nd in the league. They average 43.8 rebounds per game and 22.7 assists per game which ranks them 12th and 13th in those offensive categories. In the turnover department they rank 16th with 13.7 per game. The Cavaliers allow 107.2 points per game to their opponents which ranks them 20th in the league. They also allow a 46% shooting percentage and a 36% average from behind the arc ranking them 17th and 18th in those defensive categories. Opponents average 44.2 rebounds a game which ranks 20th and they give up 24.7 assists per contest which puts them in 29th place in the league. They force 12.6 turnovers per game which ranks them 3rd in the league.
Useful Team Statistics
Golden State averages 115.9 points per game this year which ranks them 1st in the league. Their average scoring margin is 11.63 and their shooting percentage is 50% as a team which has them sitting in the 1st spot in the league. Behind the arc they shoot 38% which is good for 3rd in the NBA. They average 44.4 rebounds per game and 30.4 assists per contest which ranks them 8th and 1st respectively. In the turnover department the Warriors rank 9th with 14.8 per game. The Warriors allow 104.3 points per game to their opponents which ranks them 11th in the league. They also allow a 44% shooting percentage and a 32% average from behind the arc ranking them 1st and 1st in those defensive statistics. Opponents average 43.6 rebounds a game which ranks 14th and they give up 22.7 assists per contest which puts them in 13th place in the league. The Warriors force 15.5 turnovers per game which ranks them 30th in the NBA.
The Cavaliers have an offensive rating of 113.6 and a defensive rating of 110.3. In terms of pace they average 96.2 possessions per 48 minutes and their effective field goal percentage is 55%. As a team they have a true shooting percentage of 58% and they shoot 3 pointers on 40% of their shots. Cleveland turns the ball over an average of 12.6 times per 100 possessions and they force 11.4 on the defensive end. Their defensive effective field goal percentage for the season currently is 52%.
The Warriors rating on offense is 115.6 and they have a defensive rating of 104. They get 99.8 possessions per 48 minutes and they have an effective field goal percentage of 56%. As a unit they have a true shooting percentage of 60% and they attempt 3 pointers on 36% of their shot attempts. Golden State turns the ball over on 13.2 out of every 100 possessions and their opponents average 13.5 turnovers per 100 possessions. Their defensive effective field goal percentage for the year is 49%.
Who will win tonight's Cavaliers/Warriors NBA game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take Golden State -7
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