The Golden State Warriors moved to within one win of clinching their second consecutive NBA title with a 110-102 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Wednesday night. History is certainly on their side as no team has ever battled back down 0-3 in NBA Finals before. The Warriors will likely keep their foot on the gas as they look to complete the sweep in Game 4 on Friday night. Will Cleveland respond with its best effort yet in order to extend the series to five games at the very least? Or will Golden State finish the job on the road? Here is a closer look at this NBA matchup heading in to Game 4.
NBA Finals Game 4 Point Spread and Odds
The fact that no team has ever come back from a 0-3 hole illustrates just how tough of a position the Cavaliers are in. However, Cleveland will take it one game at a time beginning with attempting to win Game 4 on its home floor. The Cavaliers are 5-1 against the spread in their last six home games versus teams with road winning percentages greater than .600. However, Cleveland is just 2-5 ATS in its last seven games after allowing an opponent to score 100 points or more in the previous contest.
For their part, the Warriors are 4-1 ATS in their last five overall and have won each of the first three games of this series by eight points or more. Golden State scored 110 points in Game 3 after averaging 123.0 points over its first two wins at home. To put it simply, the Cavaliers are going to need to find a way to start scoring if they are going to have any shot at winning and extending this series beyond Game 4.
Golden State Warriors
The fact that Stephen Curry went 3-of-16 from the field including 1-of-10 from beyond the arc and the Warriors still won by eight is a testament to their incredible talent and depth. Kevin Durant stepped up with an MVP-caliber performance while JaVale McGee, Draymond Green and Jordan Bell each pitched in with 10 apiece. That’s just another area where the Warriors have an edge: they can get 20 from bench guys like McGee, Bell, Nick Young, Shaun Livingston but the Cavs have nothing.
Meanwhile, the Cavaliers had no answer for K.D. in Game 3. He scored a game-high 43 points with 13 rebounds, seven assists and six three-point shots. But it probably doesn’t matter if he gets to that number again. Curry and Thompson should rebound, so as long as all of the Warriors don’t go cold on the same night, they’ll be in this.
Cleveland looked like a much better team at home in Game 3 than they did in Game 2. The starting five was more aggressive from the jump, Kevin Love performed at a high level at both ends of the floor and even Rodney Hood managed to score 15 points on 7-of-11 shooting off the bench. The problem for the Cavaliers is that all of that still wasn’t enough – even with LeBron James recording a triple-double with 33 points, 11 assists and 10 rebounds.
Can they play any better? More importantly, can they even duplicate what they did? Is Hood good for another 15 or will he revert back to being useless as he was the rest of the playoffs? Can J.R. Smith chip in with 13 again – after totaling just 15 points through the first two games? Can they keep Curry/Thompson under wraps again? It seems like a lot to ask. Too much has to go right for Cleveland and too much has to go wrong for Golden State.