Glittering Golden State could continue to dazzle the Cavaliers
Warriors can edge closer to NBA crown
BT Sport 1, 2am Wednesday night
After two drubbings in Oakland, the Cavs will be hopeful of a happier outcome in Cleveland for Game Three of the NBA Finals.
But on the evidence of the first two matches it’s hard to escape the conclusion that the Warriors, yet to taste defeat throughout the playoff campaign, are about to go one win away from regaining their crown.
Homecourt advantage counts for plenty in the NBA and Cleveland boast a proud 36-11 record at the Quicken Loans Arena. Among their victims were Golden State, beaten 109-108 in December.
But right now it’s hard to see Cleveland getting close to the western powerhouses.
LeBron James has been outstanding in the first two games, even producing a triple-double in Game Two – a match the Cavs lost 132-113. Even with James on top of his game, Cleveland have been second best.
A big game from Kyrie Irving is overdue and some rebounding at both ends is required from Tristan Thompson. The fact is that Golden State have all the answers and while Cleveland are a different beast at home than on the road, the Warriors still get the nod.
The point spread is 2.5 but if you fancy the Warriors then it may be worth being a little bolder and backing them to cover a line of 4.5 at 11-10 with Paddy Power.
Golden State -4.5
2pts 11-10 Paddy Power