Well, after seeing Game 4, there are an awful lot of pro basketball bettors who probably don’t like the chances of the Cleveland Cavaliers winning two out of the next three games, especially as they have to play twice in Oakland. But they are confident that they can come up with the defensive effort necessary to turn things around after Thursday night’s humiliating 103-82 defeat at the hands of the Golden State Warriors, who may have taken the Cavs by surprise with a smaller lineup. So how will Cleveland adjust to what is going on? Or, do they think they just need better games out of Lebron James and Matthew Dellavedova, who appeared to be exhausted on the floor in Game 4? We will get the answers on Sunday night at 8 PM ET, and BetAnySports customers can place wagers after the tipoff, betting on numbers that change constantly according to the action through the magic of Live Betting Extra.
Golden State shot 46.8% in Game 4, which was the highest against Cleveland in the last 13 contests, and when that is combined with the Cavaliers’ pitiful 4-27 performance from three-point range, you’ve got the makings of a rout. Admittedly Lebron was way off his game, as he scored only 20 points. But at the same time, that was a by-product of the pressure the Warriors were putting on him defensively. The trigger for all this was Andre Iguodala, who was in the starting lineup for the first time this season and not only was critical to the defensive effort, but also scored 22 points. He really looked like an All-Star out there (which he was at one time).
For Golden State, it’s really a chance to take command in the series, and in the pro basketball betting odds posted at BetAnySports, they are favored by quite a few points:
Golden State Warriors -8.5
Cleveland Cavaliers +8.5
Over 195.5 points -110
Under 195.5 points -110
Steve Kerr, the crafty Golden State coach, was secretive about his plans, and no one really expected that he was going to sit Andrew Bogut down for all but two minutes and 46 seconds of the game. After all, Bogut was considered a defensive stalwart, named in fact to the second team NBA All-Defensive squad, and was also second in the league in Defensive Rating. But it was Kerr’s determination that he was not contributing enough offensively, and they needed a spark. So he inserted Draymond Green at the center position and used to small forwards alongside him. Green, Iguodala and Harrison Barnes combined to pull down 23 rebounds and scored 53 points.
BetAnySports patrons know full well that Cleveland isn’t going anywhere unless they get some better shooting out of the backcourt. Their three-man rotation was just 5-29 on Thursday, and Iman Shumpert has shot only 22% over his last five games. JR Smith is so inconsistent (only 30% in this series) that he can’t really be depended upon.
Do the pro basketball betting trends favor Golden State? Maybe; they are, after all, 47-4 straight-up at home over the course of the season, with a very strong 30-19-2 ATS mark in Oakland. But Cleveland has the confidence of knowing that they have emerged victorious on this court already. The Cavaliers have also won 13 out of 14 games in the playoffs when they are even with or win the rebounding battle over an opponent..
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By Charles Jay