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2016 NBA Finals: Warriors vs. Cavaliers Game 6 Picks

Warriors vs. Cavaliers Game 6 BettingWhen: Thursday, June 16th 2016 at 9:00 PM ET
Where: Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio
Watch: ABC

CLEVELAND needed LeBron James and Kyrie Irving to step up on Monday night and they did in a big way – the two stars scored 41 points each. It was the first time two players on the same team scored 40+ points in the same game during the NBA Finals. The series is now 3-2 in favor of Golden State.

While the performances by Irving and James were impressive – Warriors fans will be quick to note that they were missing Draymond Green as he was serving his one-game suspension. Green will be back, but GSW may be without Andrew Bogut. He’s traveling with the team, but questionable to play.

Warriors vs. Cavaliers game 6 point spread and money line odds

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The Cavaliers are seeing about 60% of the point spread bets, while the Warriors are seeing about 60% of the money line bets. Action on the over/under is nearly split down the middle as well.

GSW at CLE starting line-ups for game 6

Golden State Warriors:

Cleveland Cavaliers:

The line-ups won’t be confirmed until Thursday and we may see the Warriors roll out a different unit, but I expect them to go small early if Bogut is unable to suit up and keep Festus Ezeli coming off the bench.

Warriors vs. Cavaliers game 6 ATS predictions

Golden State shot the basketball uncharacteristically poorly in game 5 – shooting 32/88 (36.4%) from the field and 14/42 (33.3%) from beyond the arc. The Warriors bench played 74 minutes and only combined to score 15 points, which was below what the bench had been averaging this series (35 PPG).

Without Green, the Cavs were able to attack the paint in transition. Cleveland shot 60% in the paint last game, whereas in the previous four games, they shot 50.5% from the paint. With Green off the court the Warriors are -22 (-/+) and when he’s on the court, the Warriors are +36 (-/+).

There were moments in game 5 when it looked like the Warriors were going to go on a run and takeover, but the Cavaliers were extremely efficient all night. Green is going to disrupt that efficiency.

I don’t expect Irving and James to score 40+ points each again, but they may not need to if Kevin Love can step up. Love played 31 minutes in game 5 – finishing with 2 points, 3 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 block and 2 turnovers. He was 0-3 on 3-pointers and looked timid from behind the line all game.

The Warriors need Barnes to step up if they want to win the NBA Championship in Cleveland. Barnes shot a brutal 2/14 from the field in 38 minutes. He didn’t contribute for large portions of the game. If Bogut plays, Barnes will likely play less minutes, as Iguodala will slot in at the SF position.

Two of five games have had more than 208 points scored in the 2016 NBA Finals. The Warriors ran away with game 3 and the Cavs dominated game 5. This match-up will be close and therefore I expect this game to stay under the total. Although it hasn’t happened this series – neither team will score 100 points.

Green is going to be pumped up for game 6 and he’ll ensure the Warriors don’t allow 110+ points again. He sets the tone and the Warriors were missing him on the defensive end. Cleveland drove to the basket and scored a lot of easy buckets. James and Irving were also on fire from beyond the arc.

Cleveland took advantage of Green being out last game, but they typically play at one of the slowest paces in the NBA. They’ll likely come out and look to slow down the Warriors by limiting possessions. My score prediction is the Cavaliers 98 and the Warriors 95.

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