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Game 5 NBA Finals: Cleveland Cavaliers vs Golden State Warriors

It’s due or die for the Cleveland Cavaliers tonight if they want to extend the series and send it back to Oracle Arena. Though it’s going to take a mighty effort to do this, since the Warriors are so good on their home court, Cleveland still has a shot. Can the Cavaliers pull an upset win or will the Warriors seal the deal? Keep reading for the full game preview.

Cleveland Cavaliers vs Golden State Warrior

  • Time:Monday, June 13, 2016 9:00 PM ET
  • Place: Oracle Arena
  • Betting Odds: Golden State -6
  • Total: 204.5

Cavaliers Betting

It’s not looking pretty for the Cavaliers. And, this is a gross misstatement because now behind 1-3 in the series puts Cleveland in one big hole that they might not be able to get out of if statistics are to tell anything. No team has ever come back from being behind 1-3 in the Finals.

However, when you have a player of such caliber as Lebron James, the Warriors would be fooling themselves into believing they’ve already won. James leads the team in points, rebounds, assists, steals and blocks. But, he’s also been a bit careless with the ball with an average of six turnovers per game over the last four matches.

James will need Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love to step up as well. Irving has been pulling his own weight with 24 points on average per game, while Love accounts for 16.

The Cavaliers will also need to ramp up the pressure on Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson. If they can manage to keep them at bay, then they have a solid shot at winning.

Warriors Betting

Golden State is not likely to take any chances and give the Cavaliers breathing room. They’ll probably come to tonight’s game wanting to crush their opponents, even if they lead the series 3-1.

However, with Draymond Green now suspended because of his scuffle with James in game 5, it opens up a chink in their armor that the Cavaliers might take advantage of. Of course, this also puts more pressure on Curry and Thompson to come through in scoring. Though these two have struggled somewhat against Cleveland, they can also change at the turn of a dime and if Curry has another night like he had in Friday night’s game, then the Warriors will likely win.

  • Cleveland is 13-5 SU in its last 18 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Cleveland's last 6 games
  • Cleveland is 1-5 ATS in its last 6 games on the road
  • The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Golden State's last 6 games when playing Cleveland
  • Golden State is 9-3 ATS in its last 12 games when playing at home against Cleveland
  • Golden State is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games when playing at home against Cleveland

Game Prediction: James has a great game, leading his team to victory.