Golden State Warriors vs Cleveland Cavaliers Prediction, 4/15/2021 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Golden State Warriors vs Cleveland Cavaliers
Date: Thursday, April 15, 2021
Location: Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse in Cleveland, OH
TV: Bally Sports Ohio
Odds/Point Spread: Golden State (-3.5)
The Cleveland Cavaliers (19-34) play the Golden State Warriors (26-28) at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse on Thursday. Golden State opens this matchup as 3.5-point favorites. The O/U is set at 221.
The Golden State Warriors stepped onto the hardwood against the Denver Nuggets and earned the victory with a final of 116-107 in their last game. Golden State finished having earned a 48.1% field goal percentage (39 out of 81) and made 18 of their 44 shots from 3-point land. From the charity stripe, the Warriors made 20 of their 22 shots for a percentage of 90.9%. When discussing pulling down rebounds, they compiled 36 with 4 of them being of the offensive sort. They also dished out 23 assists in the game while creating 19 turnovers and earning 11 steals. In the matter of defense, Golden State allowed their opponent to shoot 47.0% from the floor on 39 of 83 shooting. Denver distributed 23 assists and had 11 steals for the game. Moreover, Denver totaled 41 rebounds (10 offensive, 31 defensive) and had 3 blocks. Denver walked away from this one shooting 84.0% at the charity stripe by burying 21 of 25 attempts. They buried 8 of 26 attempts from three-point range.
Stephen Curry is one guy who was a factor for this game. He racked up 53 points on 14 out of 24 shooting. He was on the court for 35:42 mins and also totaled 6 rebounds. Curry finished 58.3% from the field and earned 4 dimes. An additional guy that came through in this game for the Warriors was Draymond Green. He totaled 7 rebounds in his 36:43 minutes played on the night. He shot 87.5% from the field in the matchup by connecting on 7-of-8 (18 points). When the final whistle was blown, Green earned 7 assists.
Golden State enters this matchup with a record of 26-28 on the campaign. The Warriors are connecting on 36.8% on three-point shots (743 of 2,019) and 77.9% from the free throw line. They are averaging 112.3 points per game (17th in the league) while going 46.3% from the floor. They cough up possession 14.9 times per contest and as a basketball team they are committing 21.6 fouls on a nightly basis. As a unit, Golden State is pulling down 42.5 boards per game and has racked up 1,471 dimes on the season, which ranks 1st in the NBA in terms of passing. On defense, the Warriors are able to force 15.5 turnovers per contest while drawing 20.1 personal fouls. They are 13th in the NBA in allowing assists with 1,305 conceded for the campaign. The Warriors are giving up a FG percentage of 45.7% (835 of 1,086) and they surrender 47.8 boards per game as a squad. They surrender 36.8% on 3-point attempts while they are 22nd in the league in points per game allowed (113.8).
For their last game, the Cleveland Cavaliers went home defeated by a final of 116-109 when they faced the New Orleans Pelicans. The Cavaliers earned 27 defensive boards and 9 offensive rebounds for a total of 36 for the contest. They also turned it over 17 times, while recording 7 steals for the contest. The Pelicans committed 16 personal fouls for this contest which took the Cavaliers to the charity stripe for 17 tries. They were able to knock down 14 of the free throw attempts for a rate of 82.4%. When talking about shots from beyond the arc, Cleveland made 13 of their 40 attempts (32.5%). When the game finished, the Cavaliers finished 41 for 85 from the field which gave them a rate of 48.2%. The Cavaliers permitted the Pelicans to knock down 44 out of 86 tries from the field which gave them a shooting percentage of 51.2% for the matchup. They finished 29.2% from behind the 3-point line via 7 of 24 and ended up shooting 21 out of 26 from the free throw line (80.8%). When talking about cleaning up the glass, Cleveland permitted New Orleans to pull down 50 in total (14 offensive).
Dean Wade ended up being important for the Cavaliers for this game. He converted 8 of 12 for this game giving him a field goal percentage of 66.7%, and had 6 rebounds. Wade accumulated 21 points in his 31:38 minutes on the hardwood and had 2 dimes in this matchup. Another guy that played a role for Cleveland was Kevin Love. He walked away with 3 assists in his 31:07 minutes on the court, and he shot 6 out of 17 from the floor. Love wrapped this one up going 35.3% from the floor in addition to collecting 19 points and 5 total rebounds.
Cleveland has a mark of 19-34 on the campaign. The Cavaliers are committing 18.8 fouls per game and they connect on 73.7% from the free throw line. They are dishing out assists 23.7 times per game (21st in basketball) and they are turning it over 15.4 times per contest. Cleveland has totaled 5,510 pts so far this season (104.0 per game) and they average 42.6 rebounds per game. As an offense, the Cavaliers are hitting on 45.2% from the floor, which is 22nd in the league. The Cavaliers are ranked 12th in basketball in PPG given up with 111.4. The Cleveland defense allows 38.4% on shots from beyond the perimeter (652 of 1,699) and their opposition knocks down 77.6% of their free throw shots. They have conceded 24.5 dimes and 43.9 rebounds per game, which ranks them 13th and 15th in the NBA. They are forcing their opponents into 15.3 TO's every game and allow teams to shoot 48.0% from the floor (28th in the NBA).
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Cleveland (+3.5)
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