After ripping the heart out of the Cleveland Cavaliers with a late comeback to steal Game 3, the Golden State Warriors are expected to finish them off tonight and conclude an unprecedented 16-0 run through the NBA playoffs.
As of Friday morning, online sportsbooks were listing the Warriors as 6-point favourites in Game 4. Golden State is a -210 favourite on the moneyline at Sports Interaction, the best price on the Warriors at any of the sportsbooks we recommend for Canadians.
Here’s a look at the other full-game betting lines at Sports Interaction for Game 4.
Golden State at Cleveland Game 4 Betting Pick
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There was still a belief level in Cleveland after the Cavaliers were blown out in the first 2 games in Golden State. The same thing happened in last year’s Finals, and the Cavs famously came back to win the series, becoming the first team in NBA history to overcome a 3-1 series deficit in the NBA Finals.
That belief cannot exist anymore, even for the most passionate (or delusional) Cavaliers player or fan. The 0-3 comeback is virtually impossible, with no team ever having done it in the history of the entire NBA playoffs, not just the final. Even with a victory here tonight, the Cavaliers’ prize is to have to fly all the way across the country again, get pounded by 20+ points and watch the Dubs and their fans celebrate on their home court.
Sometimes a favourite will let down with a 3-0 series lead, but don’t expect that from the Warriors tonight. They’re motivated to finish this NBA playoffs unbeaten, plus they will have no sympathy for Cleveland because of last year’s result in the Finals.
The moneyline is a much safer play in my opinion (maybe you can parlay it with something else on tonight’s card), but I think laying the 6 points here is also a good way to go. Play Golden State -6 as the Warriors finish off an historically dominant playoffs and give Kevin Durant his first ring.