We are on the verge of an occurrence that no US sportsbook has seen in over a decade. The Golden State Warriors are one win shy of that holy grail of the NBA Finals. The vaunted clean sweep. Stephen Curry is all wholesome, and family-friendly, and Mickey Mousey. However, when he wants to he can go all Sorcerer’s Apprentice and make those magic brooms dance. Coincidentally, the Cleveland Cavaliers are the last team to have been swept in the NBA Finals. They lost 0-4 to the San Antonio Spurs in 2007. It’d seem as if all that’s left for the Cavs now is what they call in soccer “a consolation goal.”
Betting Golden State
Betting on the Warriors against the Cavaliers is like taking candy from the proverbial baby. Remember that time the Globetroetters made five clones of Larry Bird? You know, in order to practice for a big game. And then it turned out the other team was made up of six Larry Birds. It’s cool if you don’t remember it. Because it never happened, except in an episode of Futurama. And it wasn’t even canon. The point is, the Dubs make it look as if they have an extra man on the court at all times. Which makes LeBron look even more alone out there. If the King falters, who can the Cavs turn to? But if Curry doesn´t shoot up a storm from the three-point line every game, it’s all good. After all, Kevin Durant is still there to pick up the slack. Like that 33-foot long trey to cap off a 43-point performance on Wednesday. “You know, he’s an assassin, and that was one of those assassin plays right there,” James said. With all due respect, LeBron, but Durant is not just an assassin. He’s now a Kingslayer.
In 2016, The Cavaliers became the first team in NBA Finals history to successfully come back from a 1-3 deficit. Unfortunately, according to many a US sportsbook, it doesn’t look as tough they’ll become the first to overcome a 0-3 deficit. That doesn’t mean they can’t still win a game or two. But even that appears doubtful at this point. For LeBron James, it seems as if Thy Kingdom Come. Come to an end, that is. You can now call the Forest City ‘Disbelieveland.’
Golden State Warriors vs. Cleveland Cavaliers – NBA Finals Game 4
- Series: Golden State leads 3-0
- Date: Friday, June 8
- Time: 7:00 PM
- Venue: Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland, Ohio
- Best online sportsbook betting odds:
- Golden State Warriors -4½ (-110) 215½ (-110) -185
- Cleveland Cavaliers +4½ (-110) 215½ (-110) +160
These odds have been taken from MyBookie.ag.
- Golden State is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games
- Golden State is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
- Cleveland is 1-4-1 ATS in its last 6 games when playing Golden State
- Cleveland is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games when playing Golden State
- The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Golden State’s last 8 games on the road
- The total has gone UNDER in 11 of Cleveland’s last 16 games at home
Prediction: According to a Cavs player, who remained conveniently anonymous, “We’d be up 3-0 if Kyrie was still here.” This player must also believe, like Irving, that the Earth is indeed flat. If such a ludicrous statement is indicative of the mindset in the Cavaliers’ lockerroom, they’re up the creek without a paddle. There’s no way that a group of individuals with so little touch with reality could pull off the upset.
Best bet: As we mentioned a propos of Game 3, the Cavs didn’t have enough in them to even cover the spread, at least not one set by a US sportsbook. We also said nothing much would change from game 2 to game 3. Even less will change for the second, and more than likely, final game in Cleveland.