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Will History Repeat Itself in Game 6?

Stephen Curry LeBron James

No team has ever come back from a 3-1 hole to win the NBA Finals, and only two of 32 teams in that position have managed to take the series to seven games. In fact, the last time that happened was in 1966. The Cleveland Cavaliers will attempt to defy history tonight when Game 6 gets underway in Ohio on Thursday.

Shark Bites
  • The total has gone UNDER in six of the Warriors' last seven games with a closing total of 207.5 or less.
  • The Cavaliers are 3-1 SU and ATS in their last four games with two days off between games.
  • The favored team is 7-3 SU in its last 10 games in this matchup.

Cleveland’s dynamic duo of LeBron James and Kyrie Irving combined for 82 points in the Cavs’ 112-97 victory in Game 5, denying the Golden State Warriors a chance to repeat on their home court. Kevin Love returned to the starting lineup in that contest but managed only two points and three rebounds.

The biggest difference for Golden State in that game was the absence of Draymond Green, as Green missed Game 5 due to a suspension for hitting James below-the-belt in Game 4. If the power forward receives another flagrant one, he’ll miss a potential Game 7.

If you’ll remember back to last year, the Warriors were in the exact same position. Up 3-2 in the series, they closed out the Finals in front of Cleveland’s home crowd. Earlier in the season, Curry stated he hoped the locker rooms “still smelled of champagne.”

The Cavs, who opened as 2-point favorites at most shops, have been producing as home faves as of late. In their last eight when tabbed as home chalk, the wine and gold are 7-1 ATS.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

Cleveland Cavaliers opened as -1-point favorites at online sportsbook BetOnline, while the NBA total line was sitting around 207 at Bovada for those who prefer OVER/UNDER betting on the total amount of points scored.

A 103-102 result in favor of the Cavaliers is the prediction by the Odds Shark handicapping pick engine. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming NBA matchups here.

Golden State Warriors vs Cleveland Cavaliers Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The Cleveland Cavaliers currently sport a record of 71-30, and have posted a corresponding betting slate of 48-51-2 ATS. The Golden State Warriors are 88-16 and 57-44-3 ATS. Betting totals have seen the Cavaliers post a 47-51-3 OVER/UNDER record this season, while the Warriors have gone 53-49-2 against the total number of points scored. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Cleveland vs Golden State injuries news.

The power rankings show a disparity between these teams with the Cleveland Cavaliers rated this week at No. 4 and the Golden State Warriors sitting at No. 1.

Statistical Matchup

Offensively the game matches up Cleveland's No. 7-ranked offense (104.43 PPG) against a Golden State Warriors defense that ranks No. 19 at 103.95 PPG. The Cleveland Cavaliers have averaged 46.21% from the field per game, less than the Golden State Warriors have managed so far this NBA season (48.17% on average).

Recent Outings Betting Recap

 

Betting Trends
  • Golden State is 6-2 ATS in its last 8 games
  • Golden State is 6-2 SU in its last 8 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Golden State's last 7 games
  • Golden State is 17-8 SU in its last 25 games on the road
  • Cleveland is 14-5 SU in its last 19 games
  • Cleveland is 7-1 ATS in its last 8 games at home
  • Cleveland is 8-1 SU in its last 9 games at home
  • Cleveland is 3-7 ATS in its last 10 games when playing Golden State

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