After falling behind 3–1, the Cleveland Cavaliers are a favorite in NBA Finals Game 6 against the Golden State Warriors.
The Golden State Warriors are 4–5 straight up and against the spread in their last nine games on the road. On Thursday, the Warriors will try to win their second-straight NBA title on Cleveland’s home court when they face the Cavaliers in Game 6.
Golden State is a two-point road underdog at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com. This is just the eighth time this season the Warriors are an underdog, going 5–2 SU and ATS in the previous seven instances.
The absence of Draymond Green was mostly notable on the defensive side of the court for the Warriors, who allowed an uncharacteristic 61 points in the first half en route to a 112–97 home loss to the Cavaliers in Game 5.
The Warriors will get Green back for Game 6, but will be without center Andrew Bogut, who is out for the rest of the Finals with a left knee injury.
Stephen Curry followed his 38-point performance in Game 4 with a solid 25-point effort in Game 5, a promising sign for the Warriors after he failed to reach 20 points in each of the first three games of the series.
The Warriors have lost 16 games in total this season. In the previous 15 games coming off a loss in the game before, Golden State is 14–1 SU and 10–5 ATS per the OddsShark NBA Database.
The Cavaliers fought off elimination on Monday with a pair of sensational nights from Kyrie Irving and LeBron James. Both were effective in driving to the basket and pulling up for jump shots, combining for 81 points and a 33-of-54 (61.1%) shooting night including 9-of-15 (60%) from three-point range.
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The 41-point games by Irving and James helped overshadow an awful performance by Kevin Love, who had just two points and missed all three of his three-point attempts. Cleveland is 11–2 SU and 10–3 ATS in its last 13 games at home.
Cleveland looked done in the NBA Finals after back-to-back blowout losses in the first two games of this series and a 3–1 series hole at the end of Game 4. But after a tremendous effort in Game 5, the Cavaliers are suddenly a small favorite to force a Game 7 back in Golden State.