Cleveland (3-3) at Golden State (3-3)
When: Sunday, June 19th 2016
Where: Oracle Arena, Oakland, CA
Time: 8:05 ET | TV: ABC
The Cleveland Cavaliers have fought all the way back and can make history as the first team to win an NBA Title while down three games to one. Standing in their way are the crumbling Golden State Warriors who hope to use their strong homecourt advantage in Game 7 of the NBA Finals on Sunday night. Regular season MVP Steph Curry managed to score 30 points for just the second time this series, but committed four turnovers and fouled-out for the first time all season. To make matters worse in the loss, Curry was ejected after receiving his sixth foul for throwing his mouth-guard in frustration. Klay Thompson added 25 points, but was just 3-of-10 from three-point land. It was the defense that couldn’t stop LeBron James and company in the 115-101 Game 6 loss. Golden State allowed Cleveland to get out to a big lead early and shoot 51.9% for the game. The Warriors were outrebounded 45-35 and Draymond Green, who missed Game 5, was ineffective both on offense and defense. Golden State is 50-4 at home this season and will need one more to bring home back-to-back championships.
James leads all players in this series in every offensive statistic and could really cement his legacy with a road Game 7 victory on Sunday. James had 41 points for the second consecutive game and is 7-for-14 from beyond the arc in those contests. His 11 assists in Game 6 tied his postseason high this year and the 16 rebounds he had in Game 5 was a playoff-high. He just seems to be getting better as the playoffs roll on. Kyrie Irving followed up his 41 point performance with just 23 on 7-of-18 shooting, but he go to the free-throw line seven times – making all of them and is now 27-of-29 in this series. Kevin Love got into early foul trouble and played just 12 minutes on Thursday. Richard Jefferson didn’t fare much better off the bench scoring three points in 32 minutes. Cleveland allowed the fast-paced Warriors to only score 10 point off the break in Game 6.
Golden State is just too good at home to come all this way and not be competitive. The Warriors will get the offense rolling tonight, but LeBron will keep this an interesting game. We have had six blowouts so far, but I’m predicting a very close game with Golden State pulling it out.
Pick: Cavaliers +5