Well, the Cleveland Cavaliers have already done what many people thought was unlikely, which was to force a seventh game in the NBA Finals. After the first two blowout losses, they were more or less left for dead, but now they have the opportunity to bring Cleveland its first major sports championship in 52 years, as they line up at the Oracle Arena in Oakland for a 8 PM ET tipoff. Of course, the Golden State Warriors have lost only four times there all season long, but Cleveland has registered a victory there, winning by a double-digit margin, like all six games have been, as they stayed alive, having gone down 3-1 in the series. After the opening tip off, BetAnySports customers have the opportunity to stay involved in the action as they partake in real-time wagering through the state-of-the-art software available through Live Betting Ultra.
What can you say about Lebron James, except that he has taken over the situation in each of the last two contests. James has scored 41 points in both Game 5 and Game 6, and this is reminiscent of what he did in last year’s Finals, as he had to deal with the injuries to both Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love. Well, Irving is healthy and also contributed 41 points in Game 5, but Love, who is healthy also, has been more or less a liability for these cavaliers, with a minus-8 plus/minus figure for the series and only two field goals in the last two games. Don’t be surprised if this member of the “Big Three” gets rather limited playing time in this deciding game.
Cleveland got off to a 31-11 lead at the end of the first quarter in the last game, led by 16 points at the half, and then rode 18 straight points by James to a commanding lead that they never surrendered. Steph Curry fouled out of the game, then through his mouthpiece, hit a fan, and could conceivably have received the suspension for this one, although you know the NBA would not have issued that.
In the NBA finals odds posted on this game by the people at BetAnySports, the Warriors are the favorites:
James has sought to take matters into his own hands over the last couple of games, and Golden State has not had a ready answer for him defensively. They had been limiting his “good looks” in the early part of the series, but he has now shot 55% over the last four games, and Andre Iguodala, one of the Warriors’ people who they hope can at least slow King James down, is suffering from a back injury that has required some special therapy. The Warriors have also suffered from the inaccuracy of small forward Harrison Barnes, who has missed 14 straight shots. Add to that the injury to center Andrew Bogut, who played limited minutes but contributed with his shot-blocking and shot-altering abilities, and Golden State is going into this game with some questions to answer.
BetAnySports patrons may be surprised by a few things that they have seen; namely that the “Death Lineup” that has been so successful for the Warriors all season long has actually been outscored by 14 points per 100 possessions in this series. Yet, that is the best Steve Kerr has at his disposal, and he will go with it.
Golden State was also perceived as the team that could play “fast” better, but Cleveland has actually had a sizable 97-59 edge when it comes to fast-break points, and they have shot better than the Warriors in the first six seconds of the shot clock. So a swifter pace has not necessarily bothered them.
It should also be noted that the Finals have come down to a Game 7 eighteen previous times, and the home team has won 15 times. No team has ever come back from a 3-1 deficit to win the world championship, and it has been tried 32 times over the years.
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