Cleveland Cavaliers vs Golden State Warriors – 6/11/15 NBA Playoff Fantasy Sports, Basketball Picks, Odds & Predictions
The NBA Finals will return after one day of rest as the Golden St Warriors look to break a two game losing streak against the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 4. Cleveland will be at home on Thursday June 11th and follow fantasy league roster performance at 9PM Eastern Time on ABC TV.
Through the first three games of the NBA Finals the Golden St Warriors have been unable to reach 100 points after a full four quarters of play. They face a similar spot in the playoffs they had in Round 2 as the team fell behind 2-1 against Memphis with Game 4 on the road at the Grizzlies home court. The Warriors with their backs to the wall responded with three straight wins all by double digits including two wins on the Grizzlies home court in that span to win the series in six games.
After shooting 44% in Game 1 the Warriors have gone ice cold from the field hitting 40% in Game 2 and Game 3. Golden St has lost the rebounding battle in the past two games all resulting in losses. A positive note for the team is they were able to get Stephen Curry going as his outside shots were going in during their attempt to come back in the fourth quarter.
Cleveland needs to do a better job of finishing games in the fourth quarter. The Cavaliers saw leads reduced in each game but in Game 3 were able to avoid an overtime period with clutch shooting by LeBron James and Matthew Dellavedova. The Cavaliers guard Dellavedova had to spend the night in the hospital after Game 3 as he showed symptoms of dehydration after playing 39 intense minutes.
Cleveland Cavaliers Shooting Guard: After his Game 3 performance it looks like the NBA fantasy value is on Matthew Dellavedova at this position. Dellavedova had 20 points on Tuesday and the reports are positive for a quick recovery from dehydration.
Cleveland Cavaliers Small Forward: LeBron James put up 40 points in Game 3 and he continues to carry this team. So far there have been no signs of fatigue yet as King James continues to log in heavy minutes by choice in these playoffs. James has played 142 of a possible 151 minutes in these NBA Finals. These minutes are from a player who has played in five straight finals.
Cleveland Cavaliers Power Forward: Kevin Love is the only option at this position for the Cavaliers. Love is out for the season with a shoulder injury.
Cleveland Cavaliers Center: Timofey Mozgov after 17 points in Game 2 had just six points in Game 3. His rebounds dipped to five but he did block four shots on Tuesday. Another option here is center Tristan Thompson who is logging minutes with the Love injury. Thompson provides the best fantasy value at center for the Cavaliers because of his consistency on the glass. He is averaging 13 rebounds per game in the finals and contributed with 10 points in Game 3.
Golden St Warriors Point Guard: Stephen Curry bounced back from a 5 of 23 shooting game in Game 2 by hitting 50% of his shots on Tuesday. He contributed for his mock draft owners with six rebounds and six assists.
Golden St Warriors Shooting Guard: Klay Thompson shoots much better at home than on the road. He was just 6 of 16 in Game 3 and had 14 points which were 20 fewer points than he scored in Game 2.
Golden St Warriors Small Forward: Draymond Green continues his shooting slump. After a 2 for 10 shooting night in Game 3 he is 8 of 30 from the field in the NBA Finals. He has averaged eight rebounds per game in this series.
Golden St Warriors Power Forward: David Lee finally saw action in the NBA Finals. He has fresh legs and was 4 of 4 from the floor with four rebounds and 11 points in 13 minutes of play. Expect Lee to continue to see floor time in this series.
Golden St Warriors Center: Andrew Bogut has his hands full defensively trying to clog the basket and help on LeBron. He has scored just 10 points total over the three games and is averaging eight rebounds. He had a series low 17 minutes on Tuesday.
NBA Finals Best Real Monday Fantasy Picks
PG: Stephen Curry (Warriors)
SG: Klay Thompson (Warriors)
PF: David Lee (Warriors)
SF: LeBron James (Cavaliers)
C: Tristan Thompson (Cavaliers)