When many NBA betting experts thought the series was done for (myself included), the Cavaliers put on a magnificent display of basketball. The Cavs went to Oracle Arena and prevented any early celebrations on the Warriors, now forcing the series to go for a 6th game to be played at Cleveland. A win there for the Cavs will take this series to an epic (and fitting) seventh game to be played at Golden State. This might be the start of the resurgence of the Cavs, and perhaps the first step in an impressive comeback.
After last night’s game (112-97), the Cavaliers have stunned the Warriors and shifted the pressure on to them. Despite being the NBA betting underdogs for Game 5, and being on the verge of elimination they put up a fight that not only did impressed many, it has a lot of experts wondering if they have it in them to beat the Warriors in 7. That’s a tough task to achieve, but not impossible. Especially if Kyrie Irving and LeBron James have a night like the one they had last night, when they scored 82 points combined.
Bookies and odds makers are big on the Cavs now as the line opened up with them as favorites:
Warriors +2½ (-110) 207½ (-110) +117
Cavaliers -2½ (-110) 207½ (-110) -137
The Cavaliers will now get a complete version of the Warriors at home. Draymond Green will be back to Golden State’s starting line up and undoubtedly this team will now have an extra edge that his presence will provide. Game 5 might have sparked a comeback for the Cavaliers, but it also could awake the Warriors who only need one more win to take the Championship. Fans that bet on NBA games know that game 6 will be an attractive one. The line is truly tempting and it can entice some to lay money on the Warriors. But, the Cavaliers might have this one down. Unless Curry and Thompson wake up and stop laying bricks, this series might have a surprising outcome.
Also, for those keen on betting totals, game 5 continued the trend of games going for the over as it ended up in 206, now game 6 opens up with 207½ and it seems that these two teams will likely continue this upwards trend. Both have talented offenses that can produce numbers as it was demonstrated on the previous games played so far. The over right now seems like easy money.
As for the final outcome of the series, it I hard to tell. But in order to provide a prediction we can safely say that game 6 will definitely go for the Over in NBA betting lines. It does remain to be seen if we will see a game 7, but with Draymond back on the court we might get the better version of the Warriors, and the Cavaliers, as good as they are, struggle when they face that type of basketball intensity. This one is up for grabs, but the Warriors will come out on top.