NBA Finals Vegas Online Sports Betting & Free Picks Friday June 8th, 2018
Golden State Looks to Close Out Another Championship Tonight
The Golden State Warriors are one win away from their second straight championship and third in four years. That puts them into dynasty territory.
Coupled with the shooting struggles of Stephen Curry, it’s fair to say that Durant has vaulted into the lead in the MVP vote as well. It would be his second straight.
In the Warriors 110-102 win, Durant had 43 points, shooting 15-23 from the field and 6-9 from three-point range. He also had 13 rebounds and was essentially a one-man wrecking crew.
No one else on the team had more than 11 points.
Curry struggled with his shot all night, one game after breaking a finals record for three-pointers with nine. This time he missing his first nine long-range shots and wound up 1-10 from deep and just 3-16 from the field. That added up to an 11-point night.
Cleveland gave Golden State another strong fight, about as much as they could handle. For the second time in three games, they were within striking range of a win and just couldn’t get the job done.
LeBron James led the way in a losing effort with a triple double of 33 points, 11 assists and 10 rebounds. Kevin Love had 20 points and 13 rebounds. Rodney Hood, pressed back into service over veteran Kyle Korver looked good as well with 15 points on 7-11 shooting.
Cleveland led 58-52 at the half, but the Warriors, as they are known for doing, took over in the third quarter and were up by two, 83-81 entering the fourth. Cleveland took its last lead with 3:11 remaining in the game. Curry knocked in a couple of key baskets to put the Warriors up by four they never looked back. Durant hit the back-breaking three-pointer from 33 feet out with 49.8 seconds remaining to put Golden State up by six and seal the game. The shot was reminiscent from game three of last year’s final as well, when Durant hit a three from almost the same spot on the court, with time winding down that put the Warriors up for good.
If last year is anything to go on, the Cavaliers trounced Golden State in game four, their only win of the series before the Warriors ended it in game five.
The Warriors are -4.5 point favorites and the over/under is 215.5. I do think last year’s result is a good reminder that the series ending in a sweep is not inevitable. The Cavaliers have worked hard in this series and are deserving of at least one win. The Pick: Cavaliers 116-111.