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NBA Finals Game 2 Betting Odds Cleveland Cavaliers vs Golden State Free Pick

The NBA Finals continue on Sunday night and we will see the Cleveland Cavaliers travel to Oracle Arena to take on the Golden State Warriors, in game 2 of their best-of-7 series. Free Pick to follow. The game has a start time of 8:00 pm (Eastern) and will be televised on ABC. Current Vegas betting odds have the Warriors listed as 8 point favorites, while the total is set at 201`. 

Analysis: The Cleveland Cavaliers were at one point 19-20 on the year and many were questioning whether this team had what it takes to win the title this year. Well now they are in the NBA Finals after sweeping the Celtics, winning in 6 games over the Bulls and then sweeping the Hawks. This team is playing well, but they are beat up and taking on Eastern Conference teams in the playoffs is a lot different than facing the Warriors. Cleveland has gone 13-3 ATS in their last 16 vs. the Western Conference, but 1-6 ATS in their last 7 games following a SU win of more than 10 points. The Cavaliers have been a solid offensive team on the road this year, scoring 101.8 ppg on 44.4% shooting overall and 34.7% shooting from long range. Defensively on the road the Cavs have allowed 99.4 ppg on 46.2% shooting overall and 32.2% shooting from long range.

The Warriors have been the best team in the NBA and took out the Pelicans in 4 games, before having a 6 game battle with the Memphis Grizzlies in round 2 and then finishing off the Rockets in 5 games. The Warriors had a couple of scary injuries to Thompson and Curry in their battle with Houston, but both will be ready for this series. The Warriors have gone an impressive 46-3 at home this year, which includes a 112-94 over the Cavs. Golden State has gone 20-8-2 ATS in their last 30 home games vs. a team with a winning road record, but just 4-9 ATS in their last 13 after scoring 100 points or more in their previous game. The Warriors have scored 111.2 ppg on 49.0% shooting overall and 40.5% from long range at home this year. Defensively they have been decent at home as they have allowed just 97.7 ppg on 43.0% shooting overall and 33.6% shooting from long range.  

Pick: I will look to the Under in this game. Game 1 played at an under pace for much of it and the Cavs were able to stay in the game because of that pace. I look for them to once again slow it down as that is the only shot they have at winning the game, especially with Irving out. Both teas have played excellent defense in the playoffs and Game 1 would have stayed under had their been no OT. I do not see OT in the future of this game as Cleveland will really slow the pace down and keep the scoring in the lower 190s.  

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MovieWho Wins the NBA Finals: Cavs vs. Warriors
The NBA finals are here and Vegas pros Teddy Covers and Steve Fezzik are here to break down who is taking home the trophy. Teddy points out in the past season the teams squared off twice, splitting the results, though the Golden State victory came with a squad with no Lebron James. For Fezzik, the past is the past and he thinks Golden State sweeps Cleveland where LBJ lacks the supporting cast to be a true contender for the title. While Teddy doesn't think the Cavs can win, he doesn't like the price and thinks they are overhyped by organizations like 538 and Nate Silver.