2017 NBA Finals Game 5: Cleveland Cavaliers vs Golden State Warriors

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Saturday, June 10, 2017 2:10 PM GMT

Getting a split at the Q should be enough to make Golden State Warriors fans very happy. But it’s not. Will the Cleveland Cavaliers beat the odds again in Game 5?

We were going to see history made Friday night at the Q, one way or the other. Turns out we saw the Cleveland Cavaliers break all sorts of records in their 137-116 win over the Golden State Warriors (–5 away). The Cavs scored 49 points in the first quarter, and they finished the night 24-of-45 (53.3 percent) from behind the arc. Mix in some friendly officiating, plus some bent rims by the Warriors, and presto: Game 5 is back in Oakland on Monday, tipping off at 9:00 p.m. Eastern on ABC.

Friday’s unusual events shouldn’t cause us too much concern here at the ranch. We had the Warriors and the UNDER on our menu for Game 4; if those were sharp NBA picks at the time, they should be even sharper for Game 5. Let’s see how those opening lines look... okay, Warriors –9 with a total of 231. All righty then.

Norm?
I think it’s safe to say we’re going to stick with the UNDER. You may recall the NBA odds for Game 2 in Oakland; the Warriors were –9, but the total was “only” 221 points, down from 225 points in what proved to be a low-scoring Game 1. Now the over/under is on a flight path somewhere in the upper stratosphere. To be fair, Golden State (11-of-39, 28.2 percent) didn’t shoot well from a long distance Friday night, but if I’m doing the math correctly, the two teams shot a combined 41.7 percent on their 3-pointers. That’s still a bit high. There’s some room for regression there.

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Cavs have 13 3 pointers in the first half and only up by 18. And went to the free throw line how many times? This is ludicrous

— BEN BALLER™ (@BENBALLER) June 10, 2017
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In theory. We’ve had four straight games now where the two teams scored over 70 points in the first quarter alone. Is this the new normal? Is this what we should expect every time the Cavs and Warriors step on the court? Maybe, but I’d be remiss in my duties if I recommended anything but the UNDER in this situation. Make them earn it.