On Christmas Day, NBA fans and bettors will finally get the rematch they have been waiting for when the Cavaliers host the Warriors. Find here our CLEVELAND CAVALIERS v GOLDEN STATE WARRIORS betting preview with expert tips, predictions, best odds, free bets and no deposit bonuses on the NBA Christmas games.
CLEVELAND CAVALIERS v GOLDEN STATE WARRIORS BETTING PREVIEW
These two teams have not met since June 19, when the Cleveland Cavaliers upset the Golden State Warriors 93-89 to win their first-ever NBA championship.
Cleveland Cavaliers are in first place in the Eastern Conference with a 22-6 record and come into the game on a four-game winning streak. They possess one of the NBA’s best offences with an offensive rating of 111.6. LeBron James is playing like a legitimate MVP candidate, averaging 25 points, 8 rebounds, and a career-high 9 assists per game, while Kevin Love is averaging 22 points and 10 rebounds.
JR Smith will miss this Finals rematch and more after suffering a complex fracture in his right thumb. Heading into this game without Smith to guard Klay Thompson would not be ideal. Chris Andersen is out for the season and Mo Williams is out for an extended time recovering from knee surgery.
Golden State Warriors enter the match on the back of 7 wins in a row and they are 27-4 so far. They are averaging the most points per game (117.4) on 49.4 percent shooting and allowing 103.8 points on 42.9 percent shooting. They also are the leaders in the assists stats (31.3), blocks (6.4) and steals (9.4). Compared to the NBA £Finals 2016, Kevin Durant is the new face in the Warriors' roster. The 2014 NBA MVP has settled in fairly well, as he is averaging close to 26 points per game, which leads the team, along with 8 rebounds and 4.5 assists.
It remains to be seen whether Draymond Green will play after the birth of his son. There are no other fresh inuries concerns for the Warriors.
CLEVELAND CAVALIERS v GOLDEN STATE WARRIORS ODDS
|Cleveland Cavaliers|| 2.25 with||Bet £10, win £22.50|
|Golden State Warriors|| 1.75 with||Bet £10, win £17.50|
CLEVELAND CAVALIERS v GOLDEN STATE WARRIORS PREDICTIONS
|OUR PICKS||BEST ODDS||BOOKMAKER|
|Winner: Golden State Warriors||1.75|
|Total Points: Under 222.5||1.92|
|1st Quarter Winner: Cleveland Cavaliers||2.10|
|Winning Margin: Warriors by 1-5 points||2.70|
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