Warriors vs Cavaliers

Warriors vs Cavaliers Online Coverage: The Cleveland Cavaliers have had their opportunities to defeat the Golden State Warriors in the 2018 NBA Finals. There was LeBron James’ masterful 51-point performance in Game 1, and then Stephen Curry’s 3-16 shooting display in Game 3. Neither contest resulted in a victory for the Cavs, making it hard to believe that the series will last beyond Friday night’s Game 4.

Golden State took a commanding 3-0 lead Wednesday night with a 110-102 victory at Quicken Loans Arena. The Warriors survived Curry’s worst game of the postseason. Klay Thompson scored just 10 points on 11 shots, and Draymond Green was a minus-two in 40 minutes.

Kevin Durant was unstoppable in Game 3, scoring 43 points on 15-23 shooting, including a 33-foot three-pointer with 49.8 seconds remaining that put the game away. He outplayed James, who had his worst shooting night of the series but still managed to record a triple-double with 33 points, 10 rebounds and 11 assists.

When James isn’t by far the best player on the court, Cleveland has no chance. If he is able to outperform Durant and Curry by a wide margin, he still needs some help from a supporting cast that hasn’t offered all that much support this postseason. Golden State learned that in the series when they overcame James’ 51-8-8 for an overtime win.

Durant didn’t have it in Game 1, but the Warriors picked him up. When Curry, Thompson and Green underperformed in Game 3, the NBA’s second-best player led them to victory.

Why would Game 4 Warriors vs Cavaliers be any different?

Golden State Warriors

Stephen Curry #30 and Draymond Green #23 of the Golden State Warriors celebrate with Kevin Durant #35 against the Cleveland Cavaliers in the second half during Game 3 of the 2018 NBA Finals at Quicken Loans Arena on June 6, 2018 in Cleveland. Photo: Jason Miller/Getty Images

Cleveland’s role players performed a little better at home like they have for the entire postseason. Kevin Love recorded another triple-double, while Rodney Hood finally contributed with 15 points off the bench. But J.R. Smith still had more shots than points after a strong first half, and George Hill was nowhere to be found with five points and four assists. Kyle Korver went scoreless and Jeff Green made one shot.

In the Eastern Conference Finals, one or two role players stepped up in Cleveland’s wins, giving James enough assistance to get the Cavs over the hump. That’s not nearly enough against an all-time great team.

The Cavs didn’t go away quietly last year when they fell into a 3-0 hole. They defeated the Warriors 137-116 in Game 4 behind 40 points from Kyrie Irving and 24 made three-pointers.

Without Irving and the same kind of three-point shooting they had in 2017, Cleveland’s chances of pushing the series back to Oracle Arena are not looking good.

Golden State is a 5.5-point betting favorite, according to OddsShark, and the over/under is 215.5.

Game 4 Prediction: Golden State over Cleveland, 111-104

NBA Finals 2018

Over the first three games of the NBA Finals 2018, the Golden State Warriors have put into action what many believed before the start of the series.

Golden State is simply a better, more well-rounded team than the Cleveland Cavaliers, and it’s found a way to win in tight situations as well as in blowout fashion.

The 3-0 lead opened up by Steve Kerr’s team puts every ounce of pressure on LeBron James and the Eastern Conference champions to avoid the humiliation of a sweep.

While the Warriors aren’t expected to take their foot off the pedal in Game 4, they come into Quicken Loans Arena on Friday with enough of a buffer where they can afford to drop a game to the outmatched Cavaliers.

NBA Finals 2018 Game 4 Information

Date: Friday, June 8

TV: ABC

Start Time: 9 p.m. ET

Live Stream: WatchESPN or ESPN app

Even with the lackluster supporting cast around him, James is not going to let the Warriors finish off an NBA Finals sweep in his home building.

On an individual level, James has been nothing short of fantastic in the NBA Finals, with his latest masterpiece being a Game 3 triple-double.

In order to give the Cavaliers a chance to win Game 4, James needs a scoring performance similar to the 51-point outing he had in Game 1.

In addition to making most of his shots, James must receive extra contributions from the players around him, whether it be Kevin Love, JR Smith, Rodney Hood or Kyle Korver.

Hood emerged as a solid player off the bench in Game 3, producing 15 points after receiving less than five minutes of playing time at Oracle Arena.

But even with Hood joining Love, Smith and James in double digits, it still left the Cavs eight points short of a victory.

With the way the Warriors are playing, the Cavs could have four 20-point scorers and still could lose.

Although there’s always the possibility for the Warriors to outshoot the Cavaliers, Tyronn Lue’s team will have the edge Friday night.

With Hood continuing his strong play from Game 3 and Smith knocking down a few timely three-point shots, the Cavaliers will force the series back to California.

Durant’s Rampant Scoring Form Drops Off

If the Warriors complete the sweep and a Most Valuable Player needs to be named, Kevin Durant is the man for the honor.

After scoring 26 points in each of the first two games, Durant lit up the Cavaliers for 43 points in Game 3, while no one else on Golden State produced more than 11 points.

The combination of the Cavs finally finding a solution to stopping Durant on a few possessions and the 29-year-old going cold in key stretches could put Golden State at a disadvantage.

Although Durant’s struggles won’t mean automatic defeat for the defending champion, it will struggle to create separation, as just two of its primary scorers, Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson, split open the weaknesses in Cleveland’s defensive structure.

Durant is still going to make a few shots over the course of 48 minutes, but he won’t be as dynamic, which opens the door for the Cavaliers to sneak in a victory before the championship celebration at Oracle Arena takes place after Game 5 on Monday.

Curry and Thompson will lead Golden State in points in Game 4, with Durant producing somewhere between 15 and 20, but it won’t be enough to end Cleveland’s season.

Predictions

Cavaliers Pull It All Together and Win Game 4

Cavs vs Warriors

Welcome here to watch Cavs vs Warriors. Could Friday night be the last time LeBron James puts on a Cavaliers’ uniform? Will the Warriors sweep the Cavs out of the 2018 NBA Finals?

Or will the Cavs avoid elimination and get to a Game 5?

Either way, Cavaliers fans have at least one more chance to see their team play at Quicken Loans Arena. And people trying to get into Game 4 should expect to spend extra money on the secondary ticket markets.

Here’s a look at how much tickets cost on Flash Seats and SeatGeek as of 11 p.m., on Thursday. We will also look at how those prices compare to what it cost to get into Game 3 on Wednesday night.

Prices on SeatGeek include fees. But the prices on Flash Seats, which are the seller’s asking price, do not account for fees.

Game 4 on Flash Seats

The get-in cost for Game 4 on Flash Seats is an asking price of $210. Seven listings have asking prices of $225 or below.

For fans trying to get into the lower bowl of Quicken Loans Arena, fans should expect to spend at least $350 per ticket. There are 12 other listings at the same price. But the other 12 are all for seats in the upper deck.

The highest asking price for Game 4 is $30,000 for a pair of seats in Section 118, Row 20. But the only bid for it is offering $125 per seat. Courtside seats are selling for a maximum of $25,000 each.

How they compare to Game 3

Even though the Cavs are one game away from being swept, there isn’t a lot of deviation between the tickets for Game 3 and Game 4. The cheapest seats for Friday night are $5 cheaper than they were on Wednesday night.

Tickets to get into the lower bowl are starting at the exact same price of $350.

The most expensive courtside seats are also selling for the same amount. But the priciest tickets for Game 4 are $5,000 per seat more than they were for Game 3.

Game 4 on SeatGeek

The least expensive seats available for Friday night are starting at $337 each. Only four listings have tickets selling for fewer than $350 per ticket.

Lower bowl seats are selling for a minimum of $533 apiece, with another pair selling for $554 per ticket. Both listings are for two tickets in Section 131, Row 29.

The most expensive seats available on SeatGeek for Game 4 are two floor seats selling for about $16,000 each.

How they compare to Game 3

Unlike Flash Seats, it’s generally going to be more expensive to get into Game 4 on SeatGeek. The get-in price is $28 more expensive than it was on Wednesday night.

Seats in the lower bowl were starting at $488 for Game 3. That’s a $45 difference between the two games.

When it comes to the priciest tickets, it will cost $5,400 more to buy those tickets than it did on Wednesday night.

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