Golden State Warriors vs Cleveland Cavaliers Predictions, Odds, Picks

  • The Warriors look for a victory in their third game of a four-game road trip.
  • The Cavaliers are treading water with Collin Sexton and Evan Mobley unavailable.
  • The Warriors have been victorious in their last eight meetings with the Cavaliers.

Golden State Warriors vs Cleveland Cavaliers Odds

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Team Point Spread Total Money Line
Warriors -8.5 (-110)
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O 207.5 (-110)
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-375
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Cavaliers +8.5 (-110)
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U 207.5 (-110)
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+290
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Golden State Warriors vs Cleveland Cavaliers Predictions and Picks

In regards to the Golden State Warriors, there is no team that is in better form. The Cavaliers are young, energetic, and focused defensively. But lacking two key players and coming up against a quality Warriors offense, the Cavaliers should come up on the losing end.

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Head-to-Head: Golden State Warriors vs Cleveland Cavaliers

Golden State Warriors
Head-to-Head Cleveland Cavaliers
Steve Kerr Head Coach J.B. Bickerstaff
12-2 (1st in West) Standing 9-6 (5th in East)
W-L-W-W Form L-W-W-L
112.7 (2nd of 30) Off Rtg 106.3 (21st of 30)
99.5 (1st of 30) Def Rtg 104.5 (9th of 30)
101.4 (6th of 30) Pace 96.7 (26th of 30)

Leaders (Per Game)

S. Curry (28.7) PPG D. Garland (16.8)
D. Green (7.9) RPG J. Allen (10.9)
D. Green (7.1) APG D. Garland (6.7)
S. Curry (1.7) SPG R. Rubio (1.4)
D. Green (0.9) BPG E. Mobley (1.6)
G. Payton II (.680)/S. Curry (9.2) FG%/FGM J. Allen (.694)/C. Sexton (6.2)
N. Bjelica (.438)/S. Curry (5.4) 3P%/3PM K. Pangos (.500)/D. Garland (2.6)

Injury Report

Player Team Date Status Info
K. Thompson Golden State Warriors 14 Oct 2021 Out (Right Achilles) Thompson is practicing with the team, but there is no timetable for his return.
J. Wiseman Golden State Warriors 1 Nov 2021 Out (Knee) Wiseman has been cleared to return to full-team practices.
C. Sexton Cleveland Cavaliers 8 Nov 2021 Out (Knee) Sexton suffered a torn meniscus and is expected to miss significant time.
J. Allen Cleveland Cavaliers 16 Nov 2021 Day-to-Day (Illness) Allen did not play in Cleveland’s Monday (Nov 15) game.
K. Love Cleveland Cavaliers 16 Nov 2021 Day-to-Day (Health & Safety) Love did not play in Cleveland’s Monday (Nov 15) game.
L. Markkanen Cleveland Cavaliers 16 Nov 2021 Day-to-Day (Health & Safety) Markkanen did not play in Cleveland’s Monday (Nov 15) game.
E. Mobley Cleveland Cavaliers 16 Nov 2021 Out (Elbow) Mobley is expected to miss the next 2-4 weeks with an elbow sprain.
L. Stevens Cleveland Cavaliers 16 Nov 2021 Day-to-Day (Ankle) Stevens did not play in Cleveland’s Monday (Nov 15) game.

How can the Warriors beat the Cavaliers?

The Warriors seem to be back in their groove to open the season, relying on some fantastic ball movement and strong defensive standards. When they face the Cavaliers, they need to start their approach from the inside out.

Cleveland may be near last in the league in blocks, but that doesn’t mean that their interior defense is poor. Due to the strength of their center rotation, the Cavaliers’ shot-blockers actively dissuade most teams from attacking the paint.

The Warriors are a solid three-point shooting team, but their approach needs to target Cleveland’s center into forcing rotations so they can find better opportunities. If they let the Cavs clog the paint, it’ll be a difficult scoring night for Golden State.

Warriors Key Player: (G) Stephen Curry

If you want to talk about a superstar, look no further than Stephen Curry. The Warriors are back in title-winning form, and he is leading the way.

Curry is coming off of a fantastic game where he led the Warriors to victory over the Brooklyn Nets. He posted 37 points, 7 rebounds, 5 assists, 2 steals, and 1 block in just 29 minutes of play.

The Cavaliers are solid on the defensive end, but Golden State’s ball movement should neutralize the threat. Curry should feast.

How can the Cavaliers beat the Warriors?

The Cleveland Cavaliers are missing one of their key offensive creators in Collin Sexton, as well as an interior presence in Evan Mobley. If there’s anything they can carry over recent games, it is their ability to find quality open shots.

In their loss to the Boston Celtics, Cleveland shot 16 of 40 from three-point range, with four different players shooting 40% or better from deep.

Against the Warriors, they’ll need to maintain that shooting efficiency to keep pace. However, they need to mix in ball movement, as they had just 18 assists on 31 field goals in a loss to Boston.

Cavaliers Key Player: (G) Ricky Rubio

With Collin Sexton out of the lineup, it has been Ricky Rubio who has stepped up to help carry to Cavs. While not normally touted as a scoring threat, Rubio has been productive when needed.

In a recent loss to the Boston Celtics, Rubio posted 28 points, 6 rebounds, and 2 assists in 37 minutes of play. He even hit 4 three-point field goals and made 6 of 7 free throws.

Despite his recent scoring outburst, Rubio needs to return to his playmaking roots. A fantastic passer, Rubio’s ability to create for others can help Cleveland overcome Golden State’s swarming defense.

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How to Watch Golden State Warriors vs Cleveland Cavaliers

Golden State Warriors vs Cleveland Cavaliers Information
Teams Golden State Warriors vs. Cleveland Cavaliers
Location Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse, Cleveland, OH
Time 7:30 PM EST, November 18th, 2021
How to Watch Bally Sports Ohio, NBC Sports Bay Area

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