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Warriors vs. Cavaliers betting lines – NBA Finals game 3

Warriors vs. Cavaliers Game 3 Predictions

Golden State Warriors vs. Cleveland Cavaliers – 2015 NBA Finals Game 3

Tip-Off: Tuesday, June 9th 2015 at 9:00pm ET.
Venue: Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio.
Watch: ABC

THE 2015 NBA Finals will head to Cleveland, Ohio with the series tied up at 1-1, as the Cavaliers just evened up the series with an overtime win in game 2 (95-93). Both games have needed OT and the series is living up to the high expectations.

You just knew Lebron James was going to step up in game 2 without Kyrie Irving, but I honestly didn’t expect the Cavs to even up the series. However, the Cavs were able to put some doubt into the Warriors with an exceptional win.

Warriors vs. Cavaliers point spread, money line and over/under

Cleveland have actually opened up as the favorite at home, which is surprising.

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It’s early, as the betting lines just opened, but the Warriors are getting about 75% of the early action, so it wouldn’t surprise me if the point spread dropped to a PK by tip-off. The over/under is likely to increase slightly before the game starts as well.

Will the Cavs or GSW take control of the 2015 NBA Finals?

Several role players had great games for the Cavs in the win on Sunday night, but if James is unable to average a triple-double the Cavaliers have no chance at winning the 2015 NBA Championship. Will James be able to continue his dominance?

James had 44 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists in the series opener – he followed that up with 39 points, 16 rebounds and 11 assists last night. Even with the great numbers on paper – James needs to be more selective with his shot (11 of 35 from the field in G2).

Shooting 31.4% from the field isn’t going to cut it against the Warriors most nights. The Cavaliers as a team only shot 32.2% from the field (29 of 90), 33.3% from beyond the arc (9 of 27) and 70% from the charity stripe (28 of 40).

They were fortunate the Warriors struggled shooting the basketball too.

Golden State shot 39.8% from the field (33 of 83), 22.9% on 3-pointers (8 of 35) and 76% on FT’s (19 of 25). The Warriors aren’t likely to struggle from beyond the arc two games in a row, so the Cavs will need to shoot way better at home.

Klay Thompson led the way for the Warriors with 34 points (14 of 28 from the field), but he was just 4 of 12 on 3-pointers. I was surprised Stephen Curry struggled so much, but Matthew Dellavedova deserves a lot of credit for covering him.

Curry went 5 of 23 from the field (2 of 15 from deep) in game 2. I was certain Curry would have a big game against Dellavedova, but he clearly took the young PG way too lightly. Curry has been wildly inconsistent in the playoffs, but I know he’ll bounce back.

So, how are the big men performing in the series?

The Warriors won the battle in the paint in the opener, but the Cavs dominated the paint in game 2. The Cavaliers had more offensive rebounds (14 to 10) and defensive rebounds (41 to 35) than the Warriors, which they need to repeat.

Timofey Mozgov finished with 17 points and 11 rebounds – he had a great game in the opener as well.

For some reason Mozgov isn’t getting too many minutes and I think that’s a shame based on the way he’s playing. Going small makes no sense against the Warriors, as they’re much better off having the size edge and banging low in the paint.

Cavaliers vs. Warriors best bets for game 3

The point spread is only +1.5 points, so I’m just betting on the money line at plus money.

I believe the shorter rest with benefit the Warriors even though they’ll be playing on the road. The Warriors have a much deeper rotation, however, the bench isn’t producing too well other than Andre Iguodala on the defensive end of the court.

The over/under is several points lower than the last game and I’ll be betting on over 194.5 points. There’s no way the Warriors will shoot as bad as they did in game 2 and even the Cavaliers should have a much better shooting performance.

ScottThis article was written by Scott

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