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NBA Finals Game 7 Preview

Warriors Vs Cavs Game 7 Betting Lines & Overview

By Dan Favale

Golden State Warriors (-4.5) vs. Cleveland Cavaliers (+4.5)


The Golden State Warriors have not given you any reason to trust them over the last two matchups with the Cleveland Cavaliers. Even if you chalk up Game 5's loss to Draymond Green's suspension, you're still left with the disaster that was Game 6, during which the Warriors fell behind by 20-plus points in the first quarter and never fully recovered.

Nothing truly points to them improving for Game 7. Andrew Bogut is out with knee issues, Stephen Curry clearly isn't right and Andre Iguodala is laboring through back pain. Mix in Harrison Barnes' crappy shooting, and you have a blueprint for basketball catastrophe.

And let's not forget that LeBron James is operating on a different plane right now. He is even better this year than he was during the 2015 Finals. That's saying something. He is scoring efficiently, setting up his teammates effectively and playing top-notch defense for the entire game. He has almost single handedly kept the Cavaliers from giving this series away.

But the Warriors must still be considered the favorites for this winner take all Game 7 on Sunday night. It sounds weird, given all that's happened since Game 4, but they remain the most sensible choice.

To start, it's more likely that the Warriors return to their old ways, even if they're shorthanded, than it is for LeBron to churn out a third consecutive all time NBA Finals performance. He can do it, don't get me wrong. But it will be tough.

Even if James continues playing like the NBA's greatest alien, though, you can still see the Warriors winning. That speaks to the inconsistency of his supporting cast members.

J.R. Smith has been hot and cold. Iman Shumpert is the Harrison Barnes of the Cavaliers. Matthew Dellavedova is unplayable. Kevin Love isn't far behind him. Tristan Thompson has been a defensive force in the middle every night, but with the exception of Game 6's explosion, his offense has failed to truly impress. And Kyrie Irving, though a superhero in Game 5 and at the beginning of Game 6, has disappeared behind a haze of low percentage isolation possessions this series.

Thus, you need to ask yourself what's more likely to occur during Game 7, at Oracle Arena, where the Warriors have been basically unbeatable all season.

Will James continue putting forth outer body efforts, or perhaps get some much needed help from his supporting cast—the kind of help he hasn't gotten since Cleveland's Eastern Conference Finals date with the Toronto Raptors? Or will Curry, Green and Klay Thompson return to their normal levels of production, together, in such an astounding yet totally typical way that reminds us these Warriors are one of, if not the absolute best, team to ever step foot on the hardwood?

This isn't a tough decision, folks. The Warriors are your team for Game 7.

The Pick: Warriors (-4.5)

My Team's Next MatchCleveland Cavaliers

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