Game 4 of the NBA Finals will take place Friday night in Cleveland. The Cavs, looking to avoid being swept, will host the Golden State Warriors at 9:00 p.m. ET.
507 Golden State Warriors at 508 Cleveland Cavs
Friday, June 8, 2018
TV: ABC, 9:00 p.m. ET
Public Betting Information & Betting Odds
According to oddsmakers, the Cavs are 4.5-point home underdogs for tonight’s game. The Warriors opened as 5.5-point road favorites but the line was bet down by a full point. The total, meanwhile, sits at 215.5 points after hitting the board at 216. As of this writing, just 51% of betting tickets wagered at online sports books are on the Warriors.
Warriors Iguodala listed as a probable for Game 4
Andre Iguodala (right lower limb contusion) is listed as probable for Game 4 on Friday. This is a separate injury from what had him sidelined for the six games leading up to Game 3, but it shouldn’t cause him any problems. Iguodala played 22 minutes in Game 3 and had plenty of bounce in a late fourth quarter dunk over Tristan Thompson.
Cavs can’t overcome Warriors despite excellent LeBron
LeBron James triple-doubled on Wednesday with 33 points (13-of-28 FGs, 6-of-7 FTs), 11 assists, 10 rebounds, two steals and two blocks, but it wasn’t enough to avoid a Game 3 home defeat.
LBJ threw himself an impressive alley-oop in the first quarter which you can watch via the link below, and an ankle tweak prior to halftime didn’t appear to hamper him. He wasn’t as dominant as usual down the stretch of a must-win game, but there’s no reason to think he’ll be limited for a must-win home game on Friday. What he needs is added production from his teammates — Rodney Hood and J.R. Smith reached double-digits, but Kevin Love scored most of his 20 points in the first half and the rest of the roster was vacant offensively.
The Warriors have covered the spread in four of their last five games.
The Cavs have dropped 20 of 28 against the spread when playing teams from the Pacific Division.
If the Cavs are going to get one in this series it’s likely tonight. Granted, LeBron and Co. might also mail this one in with the evitable upon them but the more-likely scenario in my eyes is that the Cavs give it their all tonight while the Warriors pop one into cruise control. It’s not inconceivable that the Warriors will want to wrap things up on their home court Monday. Nevertheless, I’d still take the points.
NBA Prediction: Cleveland Cavs +4.5