Cleveland Cavaliers vs Golden State Warriors – 6/7/15 NBA Playoff Fantasy Sports, Basketball Picks, Odds & Predictions
NBA cash fantasy league roster managers have difficult decisions to make in Game 2 of the Finals when the Golden St Warriors face the Cleveland Cavaliers. Follow your rosters on Sunday June 7th at 8PM Eastern Time from Oakland California over ABC TV.
The Golden St Warriors are up 1-0 in this series as they defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers 108-100 in overtime at home. The game was tied at 98-98 after four quarters then the Warriors went on a 10-0 run in overtime as the Cavaliers playing their starters heavy minutes wore down and missed a lot of jump shots.
Terrible news for the Cleveland Cavaliers as they lose point guard Kyrie Irving for the rest of the season with a broken knee cap. Irving was the second leading scorer on the team with 19 points per game in an average of 35 playoff minutes per game. With the loss of Irving that means Matthew Dellavedova will get the start and J.R. Smith will pick up more minutes. LeBron James will most likely handle the ball a bit more on the court. Irving’s defense will be greatly missed as Dellavedova doesn’t have the lateral foot speed to rotate and disrupt the Warriors jump shooters.
Cleveland Cavaliers Shooting Guard: J.R. Smith will be asked for more offense with the injury to Irving. He is averaging 13 points per game in the playoffs and hitting on 43% from the field. He shot a woeful 3 of 13 from the field and scored 9 points in 34 minutes in Game 1. Despite the poor opener Smith has shot better in the postseason with Cleveland than in his time with the Knicks and Nuggets.
Cleveland Cavaliers Small Forward: LeBron James is coming off a monster Game 1 of the NBA Finals with 44 points. He appeared to have worn down in the overtime period as he finished the game with 46 minutes of play. LeBron is having a poor postseason from the three point line hitting 18.4% from beyond the arc.
Cleveland Cavaliers Power Forward: Kevin Love has been lost for the season after playing just four playoff games.
Cleveland Cavaliers Center: Timofey Mozgov and Tristan Thompson are getting minutes in the postseason. Mozgov averages 9 points and 7 rebounds while Thompson is grabbing ten rebounds with nine points per game average.
Golden St Warriors Point Guard: Stephen Curry in 43 minutes in Game 1 had 26 points and eight assists. For the playoffs the Warriors point guard is averaging 29 points per game. With Kyrie Irving out for Cleveland Curry should be able to dribble penetrate more and his assists totals will go up.
Golden St Shooting Guard: Klay Thompson is averaging nearly 20 points per game in the playoffs. In game 1 he was sharp at the free throw line making all eight shot attempts. From the field he was cold hitting 5 of 14 shots. Thompson did not show any ill effects on Thursday from the blow to the head he suffered in the Houston Rockets series.
Golden St Power Forward: David Lee has seen no minutes in the past two playoff games. The Warriors did a very good job of forcing LeBron James to shoot jump shots and kept him from driving in the paint excessively. Lee could be more of a force for NBA fantasy league owners when the series shifts to Cleveland.
Golden St Warriors Small Forward: Draymond Green has been cold from the field in his past two playoff games shooting a combined 7 of 28 from the floor. Even though Green may be struggling with his shot he is still pulling down rebounds and playing excellent defense for the club so his minutes are not at risk.
Golden St Warriors Center: Andrew Bogut in Game 1 of the NBA Finals played 28 minutes which was his most in the past three games. Bogut won’t get many scoring opportunities but will pull down rebounds for the club. The Warriors center grabbed seven boards in Game 1.
Fantasy NBA Finals Real Money League Tips
PG: Stephen Curry (Warriors)
SG: Klay Thompson (Warriors)
PF: David Lee (Warriors)
SF: LeBron James (Cavaliers)
C: Timofey Mozgov (Cavaliers)