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NBA Betting — Cavs Hope Not to Be Caught in “Small Ball” Again

There was some suspense among the media as to whether Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr would go with a small lineup in Game 5 of the NBA Finals, and he was kind of cool a in answering that question at press conferences. Well, everybody got their answer when the game tipped off, and in fact, Kerr went to a greater extreme than he had before.

Players taller than 6-foot-7 logged a total of only 12 minutes for Golden State in their 194-91 victory that has now brought this series to a point where, with a victory, the Warriors can clinch their first world championship in 40 years. NBA betting action will get underway at 9 PM ET at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, where the Cavaliers have emerged victorious in at 27 out of their last 30 games. BetAnySports customers know that they will need such “home-court advantage” if they are going to force a seventh and deciding game, which would be held back on the West Coast.

Yes it has been a one-man show with Lebron James as the star, but to his credit, it has been a one-man show for the ages. King James put in another brilliant performance on Sunday as he recorded triple-double, scoring 40 points, twice as much as he had garnered in the previous game, adding 14 rebounds and 11 of the teams 17 assists. But it was to no avail in the 104-91 defeat. Golden State’s switch to a small lineup caused Cleveland coach David Blatt, or whoever is making decisions over there, to give big man Timothy Mozgov a lot of time on the shelf. Mozgov scored 28 points for the Cavs in Game 4, but he play just nine minutes and had one field goal attempt. He was without a rebound and went scoreless on the evening.

So will Blatt decide to “go big” or “go home”? Are those the only two alternatives?

In the NBA betting odds posted on this game by the people at BetAnySports, the Warriors are the favorites on the road:

Golden State Warriors -4

Cleveland Cavaliers +4

Over 194 points -110

Under 194 points -110

One of the key ingredients for Golden State success over the last two games, which have both been double-digit victories, has been that they have been able to shake Stephen Curry loose. Curry, the Most Valuable Player in the league, had been hassled to no end by a well-orchestrated Cleveland defense, but he became a huge factor in this game, particularly in the fourth quarter, as he had 17 points and helped the Warriors pull away with five minutes left. For the evening, Curry was 7-13 from three-point range and had 37 points, as he continues to dazzle BetAnySports patrons.

Coming off the bench for Golden State were versatile people like Shaun Livingston and Leandro Barbosa, and Andrew Bogut sat the whole game. It was a little surprising for a center who was the anchor for defense that led the NBA in opponents’ field-goal percentage. But it turned out to be successful, because it forced Blatt’s hand, and Cleveland has far less flexibility than Golden State does in terms of personnel.

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By Charles Jay

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