Warriors (27-28, 12-14 road) at Cavaliers (20-34, 11-15 home)
- Time: 5PM PST – 7PM CST – 8PM EST
- Place: Rocket Mortgage Arena, Cleveland, OH
- TV: NBCSBA | Bally Sports Ohio | NBA League Pass
Both teams swing into play on the second night of the back-to-back and both had to travel as Golden State destroyed Oklahoma City, 147-109, in OKC, and Cleveland dumped Charlotte, 103-91, in the Queen City.
The Warriors check-in at 4-8 on the second night of a back-to-back while the Cavaliers post a 5-7 record in games of the same nature.
Golden State is on the second game of its five-game east coast swing as the Warriors are 12-14 vs. the Eastern Conference and have won put together a 5-5 ledger in the last 10 games. Golden State is sitting as a 9-seed in the play-in side of the Western Conference bracket as the Warriors are one game back of eighth-place Memphis and 4.5 off of 6-seed Portland.
Cleveland is home for this one and then goes on the road for four of the next five outings. The Cavaliers are two games off of the 10-seed Chicago Bulls for a berth in the play-in game.
Stephen Curry scored 36 points in the earlier meeting as the Warriors took a 129-98 win over the Cavaliers on Feb. 15. Golden State assisted 34 of 46 makes as Draymond Green checked in with 16 of those assists, himself. Collin Sexton led the Cavs with 23 points.
The Warriors are 7-0 in the last seven games in the series and are 63-52 in overall history.
Injuries to Key Contributors
- Golden State Warriors – Kelly Oubre Jr. (wrist), Eric Paschall (hip), Klay Thompson (right Achilles), James Wiseman (knee) – OUT
- Cleveland Cavaliers – Damyean Dotson (knee), Collin Sexton (groin) – Day to Day; Dylan Windler (knee) – OUT
Warriors (26-29 ATS):
- Golden State is 4-1 ATS in it’s last 5 games
- The Warriors are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games vs. Cleveland
- The Warriors are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 road games
Cavaliers (23-31 ATS):
- Cleveland checks in at 4-1 ATS in it’s last 5 games
- The Cavaliers are 0-5 ATS in their last 5 home games vs. GSW
- The total has gone OVER in 4 of Cleveland’s last 5 games the season
Last Time Out
Steph Curry pillaged the Oklahoma City Thunder for 42 points as the Golden State Warriors embarrassed OKC, 147-109, last night. Curry scored 25 of his 42 points in the third quarter after his 53-point effort on Monday night pushed him past Wilt Chamberlain as the Warriors’ all-time leading scorer. It was his second straight game with 10 three-pointers which is just the second time he has accomplished that in his career.
Taurean Prince scored 25 points and Jarrett Allen, back from injury, had 15 points and eight boards, as Cleveland upset Charlotte, 103-90, to hand the Hornets third consecutive home loss. Collin Sexton missed his second straight game with a strained groin. Cleveland outscored the Hornets 41-19 off the bench as Charlotte played without four of its top six scorers.
|Teams||Spread||Money Line||Total Points|
|Warriors||-7.5 (-110)||-300||O 224 (-110)|
|Cavaliers||+7.5 (-110)||+250||U 224 (-110)|
*Odds Courtesy of BetUS Sportsbook
Advantage, Golden State Warriors
Watching Stephen Curry play basketball is like an actor, musician or dancer at the top echelon of his or her craft. The 33-year-old superstar gets better with age as he has shown this week. He has scored 32 or more points inch of his last eight games after coming back from injury as he has averaged 38.8 points per game in those eight games while pushing his points average to 30.7 per night. He also has averaged 13 threes over his last three games. Curry has carried the Warriors with a once-again injury-riddled lineup and the Cavaliers’ three-point defense is one notice because they give up 38.3 percent per game (27th/NBA).
Key Warriors Stat:
Draymond Green has done an absolutely incredible job of playing the set up role for the Warriors as well as he had 16 assists last night against OKC which completed a triple-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds. Green’s team high 8.6 assists are seventh best in the NBA. Andrew Wiggins is also coming into his own as he has averaged 20.3 points per game since the all-star break. He has made 25-of-50 field goals and is averaging 19.3 points per game over his last three.
Steph Gonna Steph:
Ray Ridder, the incomparable Warriors PR man, has a stash of Curry superlatives in his game notes that is paralleled by no other player in the league. Curry is on a tremendous role right now and no one is betting against what he may be able to do if he can push the Warriors into the playoffs. His string of 30-plus points in eight consecutive games is a new career mark.
If you can get a prop bet on Steph Curry to score 30 or more once again, you might ask well go for it!
Advantage, Cleveland Cavaliers
Playing at home and with the Warriors on this road trip should benefit the Cavaliers, but Cleveland has to find a way to at least neutralize Curry while picking up some scoring themselves. The Cavaliers benefitted from the lift Taurean Prince gave them on the point in place of Collin Sexton last night with his 25 points, otherwise, the Cavaliers could have been left with a loss to the injury-depleted Charlotte team.
Jarrett Allen’s reentry into the lineup will be an asset in the middle. His rebounding presence alone could give Golden State trouble as the Warriors are last in the NBA in oppositions’ rebounds as they get 47.8 per game.
Key Cavaliers Stat:
Cleveland averages 8.2 steals per game (8th/NBA) and 5.0 blocks (13th/NBA), but their 15.4 turnovers per game (26th/NBA) neutralize the two defensive offerings. They have averaged 16.3 turnovers in these last three games and they score 17.6 per game (24th/NBA) on average this season.
Getting Sexton back in the lineup gives the Cavaliers the obvious best chance to attack the paint. Cleveland has scored 52.8 points in the lane this season as he and Darius Garland consistently can control the lanes off the dribble.
Winner: Warriors (-7.5) 119, Cavaliers 110