The Warriors were in this same spot last year and got blown out, but Kyrie Irving isn't around to drop 40 on them like he did in Game 4 last year. Andre Iguodala played 22 minutes in Game 3 and emerged unscathed. Eager to make his mark after missing a lot of time, he'll help Golden State close it out and cover.
23-15-1 IN LAST 39 GOLDEN ST. ATS PICKS | +729
The Cavaliers got exactly what they needed in Game 3 of the NBA Finals -- Kevin Love stepped up, and role players such as Rodney Hood and J.R. Smith provided needed contributions. LeBron James recorded a triple-double. And it still wasn't enough against a Warriors club that saw Steph Curry and Klay Thompson have off games. The formula appeared ripe for a Cleveland upset, but Kevin Durant's monster game, along with a handful of key plays from his teammates, showed again just how big the gap is between these two teams. Barring a Golden State no-show in Game 4, the Warriors should again outlast Cleveland and complete the sweep.
15-10 IN LAST 25 GOLDEN ST. ATS PICKS | +424
This line has come down to the point where I see value on the Warriors. They relish silencing an opposing crowd; I don't see them taking this game off. Lay it as Golden State, which could get a boost from Andre Iguodala's return, puts the hammer down.
Conventional wisdom suggests the underdog, down 2-0 in the series, will give its most spirited effort on its home court in Game 3. However, this scenario presents in a different lens for the Cavaliers, whose Game 1 debacle against the Warriors has left a wound that will take a long time to heal. They were predictably blown out in Game 2, and it's tough to envision an about-face in Game 3. Cleveland still faces the same personnel disadvantage, and maximum motivation might be an obstacle the rest of the way. Lay the short number with the Warriors on Wednesday.
This is a larger spread than anything we've seen recently in the Cavs-Warriors' annual battles. During the just-completed regular season, Golden State beat Cleveland by 10 and by 7. Andre Iguodala's absence is key as he's the best LeBron James defender. Grab the points with the team that's being told all week it has zero chance of even competing.
11-4 IN LAST 15 CLEVELAND ATS PICKS | +676
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