With a 3-0 lead in the 2017 NBA Finals, the Golden State Warriors are on course to win their second title in three years. The only question before Cavs vs Warriors Game 4 on Friday night is whether or not they will be the first team to be perfect in the playoffs.
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After watching the Warriors go undefeated through 15 postseason games, it could be difficult to find any Game 4 predictions that have the Cavaliers spreading the series. Golden State survived Cleveland’s best shot in Game 3, and the second sweep of the NBA Finals for LeBron James’s career is on the horizon. Betting odds reflect both the Warriors favored by 6.5 points on the road, through OddsShark, in what is likely to be the last game of the NBA season.
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Somehow, this year’s series has been similar to the first confrontation between the Cavs vs Warriors. Cleveland was unlikely to lead Golden State to six games behind a historic effort by James, but the team never had a chance to win the series without the injured Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love. The same could be said for this year, when despite having three healthy All-Stars in the starting lineup, the Cavaliers simply are not good enough to beat one of the best teams ever assembled.
“I said it after we won the Eastern Conference final that we are preparing for a juggernaut,” LeBron James said during the Wednesday post-match press conference. “It’s probably the majority, the greatest firepower I’ve ever played in my career. I’ve played against some big teams, but I do not think any team has had this kind of firepower.”
Cleveland could have won the third game if they had played better in the last two minutes of the fourth quarter, and their mistakes on the stretch will haunt them this summer. But it was just another proof that they have to be almost perfect to defeat the Warriors, and no team can do it four times in a seven-game period.
Finishing Game 3 with 39 points, 11 rebounds and nine assists, James is averaging a double triple for the series. The best player in the NBA is scoring 32 points per game with 55.4 percent of shots, and still might not be enough to make Cleveland just win.
The Cavs have been unable to get great performances from their three stars at the same time. James has been great in all competitions, although he did not receive help in the first match of the series. Love scored 27 points in the second game, as Irving had more shots than points. Irving set a show with 38 points in Game 3, but Love made only a field goal.
Even if James, Love and Irving find a way to click Cavs vs Warriors Game 4, they will still have to keep up with perhaps the biggest offense the league has ever seen. Friday is 228.5 plus / minus, and the Warriors are averaging 121 points per game in this series.
Kevin Durant is on his way to winning the MVP of the NBA Finals Cavs vs Warriors with 34 points per game and the highest shot of the series. Stephen Curry is almost averaging a double triple with 28.7 points, 9.7 rebounds and 9.0 assists per game. To make matters worse for the Cavs, Klay Thompson has found the shooting that he had previously lost this postseason, scoring 52 points in just 30 shots in the last two games.
Expect another big James game, and Cleveland is not going to go down without a fight, but it probably will not be enough to keep his championship hopes now slim alive.
Prediction: Golden State over Cleveland, 125-115