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[BKL] Jun 3, 2018

NBA Finals Betting Preview: Cavaliers at Warriors

By Gracenote

Cleveland Cavaliers at Golden State Warriors (-11.5; 215.5)

The Cleveland Cavaliers got two days off to digest the mistakes made down the stretch that allowed the Golden State Warriors to escape with a win in Game 1 of the 2018 NBA Finals and put it behind them. The Cavaliers will get another chance to steal homecourt advantage when they visit the Warriors for Game 2 on Sunday.

Cleveland had a chance to take the lead at the end of regulation, but JR Smith dribbled out the clock instead of putting up a shot after securing an offensive rebound, and the Cavaliers went on to suffer a 124-114 defeat in overtime to heavily-favoured Golden State. The Warriors were never publicly among those that thought the series would be a runaway victory and keeping their collective feet on the gas in Game 2 is a priority.

ABOUT THE CAVALIERS: Cleveland superstar LeBron James turned in one of the great performances in NBA Finals history in Game 1 with 51 points, eight rebounds and eight assists, but he might have to play even better going forward. Cleveland coach Tyronn Lue knows James must keep up these types of performances for his team to have a shot at defeating Golden State. James could use more help on the offensive end after being joined in double figures by just Kevin Love (21 points) and Smith (10) in Game 1.

ABOUT THE WARRIORS: Golden State shot 51.1 percent from the floor and 95 percent from the free-throw line while committing just eight turnovers in Game 1 but was still pushed to overtime, in part because Cleveland dominated on the boards with 19 offensive rebounds. Stephen Curry led the offence with 29 points and nine assists while Draymond Green turned in a strong all-around performance with 13 points, 11 rebounds, nine assists, five steals and a pair of blocks.

BUZZER BEATERS

1. Warriors SF Andre Iguodala (knee) is doubtful for Game 2.

2. Love will reportedly not be suspended by the league for coming off the bench and stepping onto the floor during a skirmish at the end of overtime in Game 1.

3. Golden State SF Kevin Durant went 1-of-7 from 3-point range in Game 1 and is shooting 31.7 percent from beyond the arc in the postseason.
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