What to expect as Game 5 takes the series back to Oakland.

    by dustan.copeland on June 12th, 2017

    My last two predictions have been disasters. For Game 3, I predicted a Cavs win. What happened? They suffered a heartbreaking loss on their home-floor. With a 3-0 series lead, I predicted a Warriors win in Game 4. What happened? The Cavs win by 21 points, breaking several Finals offensive records in the process. I have to be honest—my confidence is going down in regards to predicting these Finals. I guess I should have known better than to get to arrogant with my predictions, however. After last year’s 3-1 comeback from Cleveland, we all learned that you can’t really predict much when these two teams face each other.

    As we head back to Oakland for Game 5, it’s easy to pick the Warriors to finish off Cleveland, perhaps bringing home the title on their own floor. But I think it may be jumping the gun a little bit to assume Golden State will have much of a cake-walk.

    Here’s how tonight’s Game 5 is looking right now.

    WARRIORS VS CAVS

    The Warriors have a lot going for them. They’re healthy. Coach Steve Kerr is back at helm. And they have yet to score under 113 points. Despite Game 4’s technical foul fiasco, no Warriors or Cavs were suspended. When Golden State is healthy and doesn’t have any ejected/suspended players, their roster is much deeper and, frankly, better than Cleveland’s.

    The only real disadvantage that the Warriors have is momentum.

    I’m not saying that Cleveland will overcome a 3-0 deficit just because they won one game (though I’m not totally ruling it out). I am saying, however, that the Cavs have momentum. They’re coming off a huge win that included Finals records for three-pointers, first half, and first quarter scoring. Kyrie is coming off two consecutive high-scoring games. JR Smith is finally getting his shots to fall. Love is scoring well. And LeBron is, well, LeBron. They have confidence, and the LeBron-Kyrie duo is refusing to lose. Also, Steph Curry all but completely disappeared in Game 4. The Cavs likely won’t be able to shut down Kevin Durant as he’s making a serious statement in this series, but they can shut down Steph. If Steph plays as poorly in Game 5 as he did in Game 4, the Cavs chances are even better. Though I’m not calling it a comeback, I am predicting a Game 6.

    Cavs win, 120-110.

     Filed under: Sports, NBA Basketball, Playoffs, Finals, Golden State Warriors, Cleveland Cavaliers

    12 Comments

    rebel D: Hopefully your predictions
    Mon, 06/12/2017 - 16:44

    Hopefully your predictions comes out true so that the games can continue.

    NoChill: I am hoping the Cavs take it
    Mon, 06/12/2017 - 17:55

    I am hoping the Cavs take it all the way! We need more action and for the games to continue. Its a tough spread for the Warriors to cover.

    NoBluffin: Go Cavs! I hope they win this
    Mon, 06/12/2017 - 18:09

    Go Cavs! I hope they win this one.

    Prince: I have a feeling the Cavs
    Mon, 06/12/2017 - 20:44

    I have a feeling the Cavs will win tonight.

    Stryker: I think the Warriors are
    Mon, 06/12/2017 - 21:25

    I think the Warriors are going to take it tonight. I don't think the Cavaliers have a chance.

    Messi: I think the Warriors will
    Mon, 06/12/2017 - 22:10

    I think the Warriors will cover their spread.

    MakeItRain: I am giving the Cavs the
    Mon, 06/12/2017 - 23:30

    I am giving the Cavs the benefit of the doubt. I hope they win.

    pokerman: Bye Bye Cavs see you next
    Tue, 06/13/2017 - 03:41

    Bye Bye Cavs see you next year.

    dubbydubdub: I wanted one more game but
    Tue, 06/13/2017 - 03:42

    I wanted one more game but the Warriors are just too good.

    Prince: Lebron could not do it all.
    Tue, 06/13/2017 - 03:43

    Lebron could not do it all. it was a good game though.

    vlade.mikas: The Warriors may win the next
    Tue, 06/13/2017 - 04:49

    The Warriors may win the next 3 finals. Congrats to them.

    Brandon0888: It was a sad ending for the
    Wed, 06/14/2017 - 13:16

    It was a sad ending for the Cavaliers. Better Luck next year.

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