The 2016-17 NBA Finals tip off tonight with a pivotal Game 2 matchup at the Oracle Arena in Oakland. After a Game 1 blowout by the Golden State Warriors, tonight’s contest has a lot riding on it for both teams as a second straight win would push the series 2-0 while a bounce back win by the Cavaliers would even the series up as they make the trip to Cleveland.
As these two teams get set for their Game 2 showdown tonight each team will look to make some adjustments. For the Warriors despite rolling past the Cavaliers the team featured only two players with double digit point totals while also being out rebounded by nine rebounds.
Meanwhile the Cavaliers will need to make multiple adjustments to slow down this high powered Warriors attack. At the front of those adjustments will be finding a way to slow down the combination of Kevin Durant and Stephen Curry. Other key adjustments will be finding a way to slow down the ball movement by the Warriors while finding a way to move the ball on their offensive side of the floor.
Here are the keys to the Cleveland Cavaliers and Golden State Warriors Game 2 showdown at the Oracle Arena in Oakland tonight.
Cleveland Cavaliers – Move The Ball/Knock Down The Shot
After being blown out by the Warriors in Game 1 in Oakland the Cavaliers will need to get back to the basics tonight. This includes moving the ball around the court after picking up just 15 assists in Game 1. This ball movement should help to open up opportunities for them to hit shots. In Game 1 the Cavaliers hit just 30 of their 86 shots including watching Kevin Love hit just four of his 13 shots while both Lebon James and Kyrie Irving hit less than 50% of their shots.
Golden State Warriors Keys To The Game – Keep The Fast Pace
Coming off a dominating performance in Game 1 against the Cavaliers the Warriors won’t need to make many adjustments at all outside of finding a way to win the rebounding battle. With that said the Warriors could dominate their way to a key Game 2 win tonight as long as they continue to move the ball at the fast pace they like while taking advantage of a Cavaliers defense that likes to play at a much slower pace.
Cleveland Cavaliers @ Golden State Warriors (-9.5)
Sunday June 4th, 2017
Cleveland Cavaliers Betting Trends Analysis
After looking at the key betting trends for this matchup going into Game 1 here is a deeper look at some of the other key betting trends for the Cavaliers tonight. Entering tonight the Cavaliers have covered the spread in just 15 of their last 53 games following a loss. The Cavaliers have also had their hands full against the Western Conference this season failing to cover the spread in six straight games. Along with those struggles the club has covered the spread in just one of their last six games on Sunday.
Golden State Warriors Trends Analysis
After another dominating performance in Game 1 against the Cavaliers the Warriors enter this game as nearly a double digit favorite. Much of this has to do with their 21-6-1 mark against the spread over the last couple months of the season as well as the NBA Playoffs. Along with that strong performance the Warriors are also 20-6-1 against the spread following a straight out win this season. Only concern for the Warriors tonight has been their ability to dominate on Sundays where they have covered the spread in just three of their last 13 contests to end the week.
Quick Overview Of Game 2
While it is extremely difficult to pick against the red hot Warriors who have rolled to 13 straight wins in the 2016-17 NBA Playoffs. For us the big concern much like in Game 1 is the nearly double digit point favorite against a team that was the best in the Eastern Conference Finals. As we look at tonight’s contest we expect the Warriors to win the outright contest again but we expect the Cavaliers to play more aggressive while also expecting to see them hit more than just 34% of their shots helping to keep the score a little closer.
NBA Free Pick Prediction – Cleveland Cavaliers +9.5