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NBA Finals Game 4 Betting Preview: Warriors Aiming to Put Finishing Touches on Cavs

LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers drives against Draymond Green #23 of the Golden State Warriors during Game Three of the 2018 NBA Finals at Quicken Loans Arena on June 6, 2018 in Cleveland, Ohio.

The Golden State Warriors have been the team to beat in the NBA all season, and three games into the 2018 NBA Finals, the Dubs are on the verge of winning their third championship in four years. No NBA team has swept the best-of-seven Finals since the San Antonio Spurs dispatched the Cavs in four games in 2007. Game 4 gets underway in Northeast Ohio on Friday.

MyBookie opened the Warriors as 5-point road favorites with a total of 215.5.

SHARK BITES
  • The Cavaliers are 7-1 SU in their last eight games after consecutive losses.
  • The Warriors are 6-17 ATS in their last 23 games with one day off between games.
  • The total has gone UNDER in the Warriors’ last four games with one day off between games.

The Warriors, who closed as -3.5 chalk in Game 3, went on to cover the spread easily in a 110-102 effort. Cleveland’s eight-game unbeaten streak at Quicken Loans Arena was snapped as a result. Through three games, Golden State is 2-1 ATS, with the lone ATS loss coming in Game 1 when they failed to cover the -12.5 number in a 124-114 overtime triumph. The Dubs haven’t been stringing together covers on the road, however, as Stephen Curry and company are 3-9 ATS in their last 12 away from home after covering in their most recent home game.

The total has held steady since opening at 215.5. Two of the three Finals games have gone OVER so far, with the lone UNDER coming in Game 3, which went below the closing 215.5 total by 3.5 points. Kevin Durant carried the torch for the Warriors in a game-high 43-point performance, but Curry (11 points), Klay Thompson (10) and Draymond Green (10) all had off games. Safe to say, if the aforementioned trio can get back to looking like their usual selves, the OVER easily cashes in Game 4.

Cleveland is the 14th team to fall behind 3-0 in the Finals, with the other 13 going on to lose the series. In NBA history, no squad has come back from a 3-0 deficit in a best-of-seven series. Tonight’s game is especially noteworthy since LeBron James could be playing his final game for Cleveland before entering an uncertain free agency. You can read about which teams have the best chance to sign James in the summer here.

When the Cavs have found themselves as underdogs of 5 points or less, they’ve been a risky wager. Cleveland is 1-4 ATS in its past five games as a dog of 5 points or less.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

Oddsmakers at BetOnline opened the Cleveland Cavaliers as 5.5-point underdogs in this betting matchup earlier today, while the OVER/UNDER betting line was sitting around 215.5 earlier at Bovada.

Handicapping prediction models run by the computers at OddsShark pick a 113-102 result in favor of the Warriors. 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 are 62-41 so far on the NBA season, and 41-61-1 ATS vs the spread betting line. The Golden State Warriors, meanwhile, are 73-29 and 45-56-1 ATS. OVER/UNDER bettors have seen Cleveland go 49-52-2 and the Warriors go 47-54-1 on the total. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Cleveland vs Golden State injuries news.

The betting Power Rankings at OddsShark have the No. 22-rated Warriors taking on the No. 8-rated Cavaliers in this NBA contest.

Statistical Matchup

In rebounding, the battle of the boards features Cleveland's No. 24-rated NBA squad against Golden State's No. 15-rated roster. When it comes to long-range shooting, Cleveland rates No. 5 in the league with 11.59 per game, while their foes tonight rank No. 8 with 11.25 per outing.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

Cleveland was victimized by Kevin Durant for 43 points as the Warriors defeated the Cavaliers 110-102 in NBA action on Wednesday.

Betting Trends
  • Golden State is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games
  • Golden State is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 10 of Golden State's last 13 games
  • Golden State is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games on the road
  • Cleveland is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games
  • Cleveland is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games at home
  • Cleveland is 4-8 ATS in its last 12 games at home
  • Cleveland is 8-1 SU in its last 9 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

Golden State home to Cleveland, Monday, June 11

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