Date & Time: Sunday, June 5, 8:00 PM
Venue: Oracle Arena (Oakland, California)
Head to head record
Golden State Warriors vs Cleveland Cavaliers 104-89 (2015/2016 NBA)
Cleveland Cavaliers vs Golden State Warriors 98-132 (2015/2016 NBA)
Golden State Warriors vs Cleveland Cavaliers 89-93 (2015/2016 NBA)
Cleveland Cavaliers vs Golden State Warriors 75-83 (2015 Las Vegas Summer League)
Cleveland Cavaliers vs Golden State Warriors 97-105 (2014/2015 NBA)
Golden State Warriors vs Cleveland Cavaliers prediction
Cleveland Cavaliers will be looking to tie the series to 1-1 when they take on reigning champions Golden State Warriors at Oracle Arena on Sunday. Tyronn Lue’s troops experienced all sorts of problems in game 1 and they are desperate to make amends for the performance they produced in the 104-89 loss to Steve Kerr’s team.
Warriors eager to defend the trophy
Golden State Warriors were on the verge of suffering elimination in the Western Conference finals, but they came from behind to record a 4-3 win over Oklahoma City Thunder. The title holders have regained a much-needed confidence and seeing that they defeated Cleveland Cavaliers 104-89 in the NBA finals game 1, it is more than obvious that Golden State’s poor form is in the past. Steve Kerr’s men aim to double their series lead, but they can’t afford any complacency in Sunday’s match against Cavs. Both Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson failed to impress in game 1, but the Splash Brothers will be the men to watch in the home team. Golden State are eyeing their fifth consecutive win at their Oracle Arena.
Looney and McAdoo are both inactive, but coach Steve Kerr has no other injury worries ahead of game 2. Andrew Bogut scored ten points in the 104-89 win over Cavs and he could play an important role in Steve Kerr’s team in Sunday’s match. Leandro Barbosa has overcome his injury.
Cavs hungry for revenge
Cleveland Cavaliers were beaten by Golden State Warriors in the 2014/2015 NBA finals and Tyrone Lue’s men are determined to get their revenge on the defending champions. Cavs were producing fine performances in the series against Toronto Raptors, but it is more than obvious that they will have a much bigger fish to fry in the tie against Golden State. LeBron James scored 23 points in game 1, with Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love netting 43 point between each other and all eyes will be on the trio in Sunday’s clash at Oracle Arena. Tyrone Lue’s men often struggle on the road and that is the main reason why they are regarded as underdogs in game 2. You should bear in mind that Cleveland failed to beat Warriors on the road in previous three meetings between the two teams at Oracle Arena.
The likes of Kaun and McRae are both out of contention, but, unlike last season, coach Tyrone Lue can count on all of his key players for the tie against Golden State Warriors.
- Stephen Curry made a three-point shoot for the 52nd time in the 104-89 win over Cavs
- Golden State recorded 12 wins in last 13 home games
- Cleveland Cavaliers scored under 100 points in four of their last five away matches
- LeBron James scored under 25 points in previous three meetings with Warriors
- Cavs scored under 96 points in previous four games vs Golden State at Oracle Arena
Golden State Warriors vs Cleveland Cavaliers betting pick
Golden State Warriors proved their worth in game 1. They are the reigning champions and considering that Cleveland Cavaliers are not regarded as good travelers, home win appears on the cards. Stephen Curry failed to impress in the 104-89 win over Cavs, but I believe that he is going to make life difficult for Tyrone Lue’s charges this time out.
Pick: Golden State -6.5