NBA Betting: Warriors Look To End Championship Drought In Game 6

The Golden State Warriors are one win away from ending their 40-year NBA title drought. They will have the opportunity to finish the job in front of a fan base that is just as desperate for a championship. The Warriors will head back to Ohio looking to knock off the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 6 of the NBA Finals and they have all of the momentum behind them after consecutive wins. Perhaps just important is the fact that Golden State seems to have rediscovered its killer instinct in the series including the NBA MVP Stephen Curry. The Warriors have Cleveland on the ropes and while they are just one win away it won’t be easy to put away LeBron James and the Cavaliers.

2015 NBA Finals – Game 6
Golden State Warriors @ Cleveland Cavaliers
Tuesday June 16, 2015 – 9:00 PM ET
Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland, Ohio

What The Warriors Have To Do To Win

After struggling earlier in the series there is no doubt that Curry has found his rhythm coming off a Game 5 win in which he scored a team-high 37 points including seven 3-point shots. Curry has heated up and Golden State will need the MVP at his best in order to put Cleveland away on the road. It has certainly helped that Curry’s supporting cast has been excellent in this series including Andre Iguodala, who has been one of the major talking points for his performance. Iguodala scored 14 points with eight rebounds, seven assists, three steals and two 3-point shots in Game 5 and just importantly he was solid as the primary defender on LeBron once again. Draymond Green and Klay Thompson have also found their rhythm once again and they have to smell blood in the water heading in to this contest. The Warriors certainly don’t want to let the Cavaliers off the ropes with the chance to play a Game 7 and in order to avoid that fate and finish this series off they have to play with the type of urgency and killer instinct they showed in the last two.

What The Cavaliers Have To Do To Win

There is no doubt about the fact that what LeBron has done so far in this series certainly deserves to be considered among the best NBA Finals performances of all-time and while Cleveland will once again need him to perform at an elite level the reality is that alone will not be enough. The Cavaliers need more from the supporting cast and it will be interesting to see how head coach David Blatt adjusts from the Game 5 loss. One talking point has been the limited minutes given to Timofey Mozgov as he played just nine minutes in Game 5 after scoring 28 points with 10 rebounds in 33 minutes in Game 4. Blatt opted to go with a smaller lineup to match the Warriors in Game 5 and while it worked at the offensive end of the floor when Smith was hot the Cleveland defense was absolutely torched without Mozgov’s presence in the paint. The Cavaliers might be better off bringing Mozgov back in to try and pound the rock inside and keep Golden State from getting easy looks inside so it will be interesting to see if they make that move. Cleveland’s best chance is to muck it up with its big men and hope that the supporting cast can give LeBron just enough help to push the series to seven games but it will start with personnel decisions and whether we see more of Smith or Mozgov early on.

Outlook & Pick

It’s totally understandable why Blatt decided to go smaller and match the Warriors but that doesn’t mean it was the right decision as Smith, Iman Shumpert and Matthew Dellavedova are far too inconsistent to be relied on to play such big minutes. The strength of this Cavaliers’ team in both of its wins was its ability to slow the game down and muck it up inside with LeBron, Mozgov and Tristan Thompson wearing down Golden State in order to limit their pace at the offensive end of the floor but that certainly wasn’t something we saw from them in Game 5. The Warriors have looked much fresher and as a result they have been able to get out and run in order to play with the pace that made them the best team in the NBA this past season. There will be a sense of urgency for Golden State to get the job done and not allow LeBron and the Cavaliers to play a Game 7 and if the Warriors come out flying the way they did in Game 5 this series will end with Golden State ending its title drought and being crowned champions on Tuesday night.

NBA Betting Pick: Golden State