Date & Time: Thursday, June 16, 9:00 PM
Venue: Quicken Loans Arena (Cleveland, Ohio)
Head to head record
Golden State Warriors vs Cleveland Cavaliers 97-112 (2015/2016 NBA)
Cleveland Cavaliers vs Golden State Warriors 97-108 (2015/2016 NBA)
Cleveland Cavaliers vs Golden State Warriors 120-90 (2015/2016 NBA)
Golden State Warriors vs Cleveland Cavaliers 110-77 (2015/2016 NBA)
Golden State Warriors vs Cleveland Cavaliers 104-89 (2015/2016 NBA)
Cleveland Cavaliers vs Golden State Warriors prediction
Cleveland Cavaliers will be looking to tie the series to 3-3 in the NBA finals when they welcome regning champions Golden State Warriors at their Quicken Loans Arena on Thursday night. Cavs face do-or-die situation in game 6.
The James-Irving effect
Despite being regarded as underdogs in game 5, Cleveland Cavaliers did remarkably well to beat defending champions Golden State Warriors in Oakland. Thanks to the triumph Tyronn Lue’s men showed character in the 112-97 victory over Warriors, but they need to keep on improving their game if they are to win the trophy. LeBron James and Kyrie Irving scored 82 points between each other in game 6 and it has to be noted that the “King James” missed just seven shots during the match (17 of 24). Cleveland Cavaliers are eager to tie the series to 3-3, but it remains to be seen if they are capable of handling the pressure. It is well known that Cavs are a real force to be reckoned with at home and you should bear in mind that Tyronn Lue’s team recorded eight wins in previous nine games at their Quicken Loans Arena.
Kevin Love returned to the starting line-up in game 5 after overcoming his injury, meaning that coach Tyronn Lue will have a full squad to choose from against Golden State Warriors on Thursday.
Yet another match-ball
Golden State Warriors failed to get their job done in game 5, with the defending champions suffered a shocking loss to Cleveland Cavaliers in front of home fans. However, Steve Kerr’s charges will have two match-balls more to defend the trophy they won last season. Warriors missed a lot of open shots in game 5 and that was the main reason why they suffered the 112-97 defeat to LeBron James and Co. Golden State scored no more than one point in the last six minutes of the game and they are desperate to put an end to the negative trend. Klay Thompson has been the team’s key player in the 2016 NBA finals so far, but, as always, all eyes will be on the MVP Stephen Curry when the two teams take on each other at Quicken Loans Arena on Thursday. Golden State Warriors recorded four wins in last five away games and it remains to be seen if they are capable of clinching the NBA trophy with a victory over Cavs.
Coach Steve Kerr has no injury worries ahead of game 6 and he will count on all of his key players for Thursday’s match as Draymond Green returns from suspension.
- Cleveland scored 100+ points in 15 of their last 16 home games
- Cavs recorded 11 wins in previous 13 matches at home
- Golden State recorded four victories in previous five away matches
- Irving scored 30+ points in previous four games in the NBA finals
- LeBron James had 16 rebounds and 41 points in game 5
Cleveland Cavaliers vs Golden State Warriors betting pick
Cleveland Cavaliers have no other choice but to leave their hearts on the court in game 6. Cavs face a must-win situation in Thursday’s match, but seeing that Golden State coach Steve Kerr welcomes Draymond Green back to the squad, I believe that there is a big value in betting on the title holders. Warriors have already defeated Cavs on the road in the process, meaning that away win should be considered.
Pick: Golden State to win