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NBA Finals Betting: Should Cavs “Go Small” for Game 6?

By Charles Jay

The opinion on the part of some basketball betting observers was that perhaps with a couple of days to mull over what happened in Game 4 of the NBA Finals, the Cleveland Cavaliers might figure out a better way to deal with the small lineup put out by the Golden State Warriors, who seemed to take the Cavs by surprise with such an approach. Well, they did make the game a little bit closer, but still went down to a double-digit defeat and now they face elimination in their final home game of the season. Our pro basketball preview covers this game that begins at 9 PM ET at the Quicken Loans Arena, and as always, keep in mind that BetAnySports customers have the opportunity to wager after the tipoff, as the numbers change constantly at Live Betting Extra, because the bets are taken while the game is in progress.

NBA Finals Betting – Game 6 between the Cavaliers and the Warriors in Cleveland

In the betting odds for Game 6 of the NBA Finals at BetAnySports, Golden State is laying points on the road:

Golden State Warriors -3.5
Cleveland Cavaliers +3.5

Over 194 points -110
Under 194 points -110

Things were very tight in the first half on Sunday, as Golden State led by just one point in Oakland. With a little over five minutes left in regulation, the game was close (85-84) after a big Cavalier run, but then the Warriors pulled away and shut the door. Lebron James had 16 points in the final stanza, but Stephen Curry was brilliant, scoring 17 points in the quarter and hitting seven triples on the evening. Both of these teams hit a dozen shots from beyond the three-point arc.

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Cleveland hopes that their 27-3 straight-up record at home over their last 30 games will mean something here, but their options as far as flexibility of personnel are severely limited.

One of the keys to the Cavaliers’ defeat was that they were not explosive with long-range shooting in the second half. They did hit 12 triples, but only two of them came in the final 24 minutes. JR Smith, who was supposed to provide a lot more firepower coming off the bench, has shot less than 31% in this series. That has been just part of the disappointing shooting display of the part of this Cleveland bunch, which is below 40% against Golden State, and has obviously not gotten a lot of ball movement, since Lebron James is in control of the ball so much and he has committed himself to a lot of isolation.

Even so, BetAnySports patrons saw them throw up 35 three-point attempts, which is 43% of their overall figure for the evening. That’s probably too much. But of course, that seemed to be the way they had to go as they did not have center Timofey Mozgov in the lineup for 39 of the 48 minutes. It was the decision of coach David Blatt that since his counterpart, Steve Kerr, had removed Andrew Bogut from the lineup, this was the way the Cavs could best match up with what Golden State was doing with its smaller crew. Let’s see if Cleveland, facing elimination, can make some readjustments and push this thing to a seventh and deciding game.

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