Cleveland Cavaliers vs Golden State Warriors – 6/9/15 NBA Playoff Fantasy Sports, Basketball Picks, Odds & Predictions
The NBA Finals will return on Tuesday June 9th as the Cleveland Cavaliers are hosting the Golden St Warriors for Game 3. Check out your one day cash league fantasy team’s scoring on ABC TV for the telecast from Cleveland at 9PM Eastern Time.
Game 2 marked the second consecutive overtime period in the Finals as the Cleveland Cavaliers even the series at 1-1 with a 95-93 road victory. Cleveland was able to steal Game 2 with Kyrie Irving out and the point guard will miss the rest of the series with a broken kneecap.
LeBron James played 50 minutes and scored 39 points. James dished 11 assists and grabbed 16 rebounds for a triple double. LeBron James fantasy value could be impacted moving forward by the amount of minutes he has logged in thus far. James has played 97 of the possible 106 minutes in these NBA Finals. There is only one day of rest for Game 3 and on Monday the teams had to make the long flight from Golden St to Cleveland. It will be interesting to see if LeBron looks to facilitate more to his teammates in the first half to save his energy for the end game.
The Warriors are a deeper team and have more options offensively so fatigue would be less likely to impact their performance. The team also shot poorly and figures to bounce back from a bad game. They also have game film of the Cavaliers playing without Kyrie Irving on the court and will look for ways to exploit them.
Golden St Warriors Point Guard: Stephen Curry looks to bounce back from a 5 of 23 shooting from the field in Game 2. He was just 2 of 15 from three. Film study should make an impact here as Matthew Dellavedova played heavy minutes on Sunday guarding Curry.
Golden St Warriors Shooting Guard: Klay Thompson had his shooting stroke in Game 2 as he converted on 14 of 28 shots as he scored 34 points. That was a bounce back from a 5 of 14 shooting game in Game 1. Curry breaks down the Cavs defense then Thompson will get open looks at the basket.
Golden St Warriors Small Forward: Draymond Green had only seven shot attempts on Sunday and finished with 10 points. His shot is not falling as he is a combined 6 of 20 in the playoffs. Green had ten boards in Game 2 and that still makes him productive for fantasy league owners.
Golden St Warriors Power Forward: The power forward position is a weak spot on both clubs for picking fantasy rosters. David Lee for the third straight game had no minutes. The good news is that Lee is fresh and could be a factor as there are few rest days in these Finals.
Golden St Warriors Center: Andrew Bogut had just one shot attempt on Sunday. The big man won’t get much offensively but his ten rebounds Sunday produced fantasy value for league owners.
Cleveland Cavaliers Shooting Guard: Matthew Dellavedova, Iman Shumpert and J.R. Smith are listed as shooting guards for the Cavaliers. J.R. Smith leads the trio with 13 points per game in the playoffs. His shots are not falling in this series as he is a combined 8 of 26. Shumpert is 4 of 17 from the floor in the NBA Finals. Dellavedova didn’t take a shot in Game 1. He saw 42 minutes in place of Kyrie Irving and shot 3 of 10 on Sunday.
Cleveland Cavaliers Small Forward: LeBron James numbers have been outstanding in the Finals. The question is can he maintain this production without feeling the effects of fatigue as there isn’t much rest between the two games held in Cleveland.
Cleveland Cavaliers Power Forward: Kevin Love is out for the season with a shoulder injury.
Cleveland Cavaliers Center: Timofey Mozgov and Tristan Thompson are seeing time in the center position and are helping to fill the void for Kevin Love. Mozgov had 17 points and 11 rebounds in Game 2 and is producing more at this position offensively for Cleveland.
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PG: Stephen Curry (Warriors)
SG: Klay Thompson (Warriors)
PF: David Lee (Warriors)
SF: LeBron James (Cavaliers)
C: Timofey Mozgov (Cavaliers)