Golden State Warriors vs Cleveland Cavaliers (GSW leads 3-0)
NBA Basketball: Friday, June 8, 2018 @ 9pm ET (Quicken Loans Arena)
FREE NBA PICK Golden State Warriors vs Cleveland Cavaliers Game 4
A looming 3-0 deficit confronts LeBron James as the Cleveland Cavaliers try avoiding getting swept on home court by the Golden State Warriors. However, the Warriors are a -4.5 point favorite to win the NBA Finals tonight, and a sweep tonight could mark the end of LeBron’s tenure in Cleveland. The outcome of this game —notably if the Warriors win — will have a significant impact on both franchises.
After sneaking out seven-game series wins against the Indiana Pacers and Boston Celtics to get to the NBA Finals, the Cleveland Cavaliers have run into an insurmountable opponent in the Golden State Warriors. This is the fourth consecutive NBA Finals meeting between these two, and definitely the one that’s been the most lopsided. A wild Game 1 foreshadowed what has been an agonizingly difficult series to watch for LeBron fans, as he’s simply been unable to take down one of the best teams of all-time, no matter how many records he breaks. Being down 3-0, it seems like this series is as good as over; but if any player in NBA history can do something about it, it’s King James. In order to win game 4 — let alone the series itself — the Cavs will need to be firing from all cylinders. Cleveland put up a valiant effort to start off game 3, leading 58-52 at halftime, but fell apart in the second half as evident by shooting 34% from the field and 16% from beyond the arc. This time around, they’ll not only need to consistently hit shots all night, but also do their best to stop their Bay Area foes from invading Quicken Loans Arena with 3-pointers the way they’ve done last game — and basically every game ever, for that matter.
The Golden State Warriors couldn’t possibly be in a better position than they are currently in, being on the verge of winning their third NBA Championship in four years with a comfortable 3-0 series lead. The Warriors haven’t been perfect this Finals — although good luck telling that to Kevin Durant after his game 3 performance — but they haven’t needed to be as they have put away the Cavs easily in the last two games and a win tonight seems imminent. The Dubs shot a remarkable 42% from 3 last game, and would have been an even 50% had it not been for game 3 being Steph Curry’s worst postseason outing ever. Even without any substance from their best player Wednesday night, Golden State remained unfazed and the Warriors are now poised to sweep the Cavs on the road.
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Golden State Warriors
9-1 SU in last 10 games vs Cleveland
Total has gone UNDER in 7 of last 8 on the road
Total has gone OVER in 6 of last 9 vs Cleveland
4-8 ATS in last 12 home games
Total has gone UNDER in 11 of last 16 home games
Total has gone OVER in 2 of 3 games this NBA Finals
FREE NBA Prediction Cleveland Cavaliers vs Golden State Warriors
This game 4 can go two completely different ways: (1) LeBron goes full on beast mode, putting up 50+ points while getting some decent help from his supporting cast, enough to take down a Warriors team who would rather cherish a Championship-clinching game back on their home court; or (2) the Warriors get off to a hot start, LeBron throws in the paper towel, and the game turns into garbage time before J.R. Smith gets named Finals MVP for Golden State. Although I’m as big of a LeBron believer as anyone, I lean towards the second outcome as I believe James and the Cavs have already mentally checked out as they know a series win is nearly impossible.
With that being said, I’m taking the UNDER for this game, because if this game gets out of hand quickly, the Cavaliers will turn to role players to finish it out while the Warriors won’t be trying to run up the score too badly. If this is how the game goes, I doubt the total will eclipse 215 points.
Teams facing a 3-0 deficit in the Finals are 0-131 all-time, and although no one would be able to make that comeback like LeBron can, it seems like the ride will end tonight. While a 2018 title seems beyond reach for Cavs fans, they should cherish tonights game as it has the potential of being LeBron’s last wearing the wine and gold.
[button type=”big” color=”blue”] Prediction: Golden State Warriors / UNDER 215.5 [/button]