Cleveland has its back against the wall down 0-2 in the series. They know it should be 1-1, but that does not matter because it’s not. Anything less than their finest effort will doom the Cavaliers at home.
Golden State did not need any help from the referees in Game 2 of The Finals, they played a free and easy game against Cleveland and pulled away to win by 19 as 11.5-point home favorites.
The Cavaliers lacked the same energy of Game 1, especially on defense as the Warriors made their first seven shots and never looked back. This enabled Swinging Johnson to secure a rare spread winner against me and frankly, I was beginning to feel a little sorry for him, as he was really looking forlorn in his social media pictures.
Cleveland has to go back to the well-worn mantra – One Game At A Time – to get back in the series and playing at home cannot hurt them. The NBA odds have the Cavs as five-point home underdogs and they are 2-2 SU and ATS this season in that role. Is a sweep inevitable or can Cleveland muster one more superlative effort?
Two Days Rest Favors Cleveland
Though the Cavs failed to launch, in Game 3 back O-HI-O, Tyronn Lue’s crew should be readier. This season, Cleveland is only 6-15 ATS when playing with two days’ rest, but that has been almost exclusively as favorites, as their scoring margin is at -1.6 points.
Golden State is not a whole lot better at 7-12 ATS, winning by only +2.7 PPG. Given the numbers and the venue, Cleveland should have every opportunity to make a highly competitive battle.
Thus far in the series, Cleveland is 19-for-64 from behind the arc, which is 29.7 percent. For the season they average 12 trey’s a contest at 36.5 percent. It is not a stretch to think the Cavaliers will catch up to their mean averages playing at home.