Cleveland Cavaliers vs Golden State Warriors betting tips and predictions for Friday’s NBA game at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse. It’s the 2nd and final meeting this regular season between the Cavaliers and Warriors. Read on for all our free predictions and betting tips.
Cleveland actually came really close to doing something 11 teams before them failed to do and that is to beat the Memphis Grizzlies. In the end though they fell short 115-114 on the road, but they’ll be encouraged by their performance as they head into the game against the defending champions tonight.
Donovan Mitchell didn’t play in that game, he is once again listed as questionable with a groin injury. Cleveland could definitely use him here as they are currently on a 10-game losing streak against the Warriors, while failing to cover the spread in the last 7 meetings in this building. The Cavs do have a 19-4 SU home record this season which is just behind the Grizzlies and Nuggets for the best mark in the entire NBA.
Golden State Warriors
This will be a 2nd night of a back-to-back for Golden State. The Warriors are coming off a overtime loss at Boston last night, in a game in which they had 4 players score 20+ points they still fell short 121-118. Knowing how Steve Kerr operates, there is a solid chance we might see the Warriors rest a few key players here, which would only increase the chances of the Cavaliers winning.
Golden State enters the game as 7-point underdogs, they’ve won just 5 of 23 road games this season which makes them one of the worst road teams in the league. With just 2 wins in their last 7 overall, and a 7-16 ATS record away from home, their fans aren’t hoping for much ahead of tonight’s game.
Mitchell or no Mitchell, I still expect the Cavaliers to dominate here. It’s possible that we don’t even see the Warriors at full strength, they’ll have issues penetrating the 2nd best defense in the NBA without their top guns. Back the Cavs with confidence.
Cleveland Cavaliers vs Golden State Warriors Predictions & Odds
Scoring will be an issue in this game, especially for the Warriors who have struggled against the top teams on that end this season. Cleveland allows only 107.5 points per 100 possessions this season, which makes only the Memphis Grizzlies better than them in that department. They also like to slow things down, right now they average just 98 possessions per game which ranks them bottom of the NBA along with just 3 other teams that are below 100 possessions per game this season.
The total has gone under in 5 of the last 5 meetings between these teams, while the last 10 meetings have seen just 214.1 points per game scored. When playing at home the Cavs are just 11-12 on the O/U, I think all those trends carry on in tonight’s game, so let’s back the under.