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Cleveland sensationally threw a spanner in the Warriors’ works by winning on the road at Oakland’s Oracle Arena on Tuesday afternoon (AEST). LeBron James and Kyrie Irving starred for the Cavaliers, registering 41 points a pop in what could have been the final match of the season.

Despite Golden State’s loss, Steve Kerr’s men still hold an overall advantage with a 3-2 series lead. However, LeBron, Kyrie, Kevin and co will be resolute and determined to send the NBA Finals to a deciding game, which will be played at the Warriors’ home base if required.

Game VI is scheduled for Quicken Loans Arena in Ohio and the Cavs have a pretty decent record at home this season, while Golden State is far and away the most successful travelling team – underlined by their last start win in Cleveland. Steph Curry has been well below his best this NBA Finals but the defending two-time MVP is bound to produce a Jordan-esque that punters have become so accustomed to over the past few seasons.



WARRIORS at CAVALIERS

Fridau, June 17, 11:00am (AEST) @ Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland

  • The Warriors average more points per game than the Cavaliers 103 – 95.8.
  • Cleveland averages more rebounds per game in this series 43.3 – 40.5.
  • Golden State has more assists than the Cavs, with 24.8 per game to their opponents’ 17.5.
  • Both sides are relatively even in turnovers per game with 15 to the Cavs and 14.3 to the Warriors.
  • Curry and Thompson have scored or assisted in 57.4% of Golden State’s total points this series.
  • LeBron James and Kyrie Irving have combined for a phenomenal 281 points and 151 assist points in this series and combining for a total of 432 of the Cavaliers’ 495 points at 87.3%!
  • Just two of 32 teams have forced a seventh game when losing 3-1 in NBA Finals history: the 1951 Knicks and 1966 Lakers!
  • Irving averages more than 35 points per game in his last three Finals matches.

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