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Submitted by Jim Hurley on Friday, June 8, 2018 at 12:00 AM

 

THE NBA FINALS UPDATE –

WARRIORS SHOOT FOR SWEEP TONIGHT

PLUS, WE GETCHA IMPORTANT POINTSPREAD INFO …

THE BASEBALL WEEKEND:

BREWERS-PHILLIES HEADLINES

THE DIAMOND ACTION

 

Okay, so they’ve been playing for NBA championships since the all the way back to 1947 – that’s 71 years now, folks -- and yet we’ve only had eight sweeps in the NBA Finals … and here they are:

 

NBA FINALS SWEEPS –

YEAR                               WINNING TEAM                           LOSING TEAM

1959                               Boston Celtics                               Minneapolis Lakers

1971                               Milwaukee Bucks                         Baltimore Bullets

1975                               Golden State Warriors                Washington Bullets

1983                               Philadelphia 76ers                       Los Angeles Lakers

1989                               Detroit Pistons                             Los Angeles Lakers

1995                               Houston Rockets                          Orlando Magic

2002                               Los Angeles Lakers                      New Jersey Nets

2007                               San Antonio Spurs                       Cleveland Cavaliers

               

This just in …

The Golden State Warriors are a pretty good bet to become the ninth team in NBA Finals league history to “broom” their opponents this evening when they battle the 5-point home underdog Cleveland Cavaliers. Sure, you can talk about Cavaliers’ “pride” here but the bottom line is Cleveland’s played two pretty good games so far in this series and have nothing – zero – to show for it unless you’re counting a Game 1 pointspread cover.

Consider in Game 3 there was Cleveland getting a 33-point / 10-rebound / 11-assist game from LeBron James plus F Kevin Love poured in 20 points and witness protection program’s Rodney Hood registered 15 points in 25 solid minutes – and then there was Golden State’s combo of Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson hitting just 3-of-15 triple tries – and still the Cavs fell short in a 110-102 loss to a 3.5-point favored Warriors team.

 

GOLDEN STATE at CLEVELAND – Warriors lead series 3-0; Game 4 is tonight at 9 p.m. ET, ABC

If you’re the Cavaliers and want to have a S.O.S (as in Save Our Season) game here, then let’s cut straight to the heart of the matter … play better in-the-paint defense and communicate with each other better then you have in the first three games of this NBA Finals series!

The ability of the Warriors to absolutely slice-and-dice Cleveland’s defense on switches, screens, screen-and-rolls, etc. has been well-documented here and those easy hoops along with Kevin Durant’s efficiency in Games 2 and 3 (see 43 points on just 23 field-goal tries in 43 minutes this past Wednesday night) have killed Ty Lue’s club which may be a bit too deflated to come up with a max effort here.

Two quickies to watch here:

Will Lue have his guys double-team Durant – or Curry, should that two-time league MVP heat up – and will either/both George Hill/J.R. Smith shake out of a funk that produced a combine 6-of-20 FG night in Game 3. Can someone please tell Smith if he’s en route to a 5-of-14 night he might want to find a hotter hand (or just give it back to James!). Let’s just say James should take twice as many shots as any other Cavalier teammate – especially Mr. Smith.

 

Here’s the 2018 NBA Finals head-to-head matchups so far between the Warriors and the Cavaliers (all home teams in CAPS):

 

DATE      WINNER         SPREAD  LOSER             SCORE

5-31        GOLDEN ST    - 13         Cleveland       124-114 (ot)

6-3          GOLDEN ST    - 11.5      Cleveland       122-103

6-6          Golden St       - 3.5        CLEVELAND   110-102

 

NBA PLAYOFF POINTSPREAD CHART

(thru games of June 6)

Here’s the pointspread breakdown this post-season for the Cavaliers and the Warriors:

 

TEAM             WON      LOSS       TIE           PCT

Golden St.             11           9      0              .550

Cleveland               9              12   0              .429

 

Hoops Note: NBA Playoff Betting Favorites are now a collective 45-33-1 ATS (against the spread) for a .577 winning rate with two Pick ‘Em games while heading into Game 4 of the NBA Finals.

 

Jim Hurley and his Network of Handicappers and Bloggers keep banging out lots of winners in this year’s NBA Finals – and we’ll keep on smashin’ the books in Game 4 on Friday night with Sides & Totals action. Hey, we’re winning with Major League Baseball too, so make sure you cash in big every day right here at www.jimhurley.com or via our exclusive toll-free telephone # of 1-800-323-4453.

 

THE BASEBALL REPORT

Two fun weekend series to check out …

 

MILWAUKEE (37-25) at PHILADELPHIA (32-28) – Fri, Sat & Sun

If you thought the Milwaukee Brewers would be sporting the National League’s best overall record while heading into the second weekend of June, then you win the door prize of your choice! The Brew Crew – a solid 19-14 away this season – actually enter this three-game set having lost its last three in a row and Craig Counsell’s club won’t have ace righty Zach Davies (shoulder) here as news came down he’ll be activated following the weekend set. The Phillies, meanwhile, dropped its final two games of a three-game set at Wrigley Field and Philadelphia might not have OF Nick Williams (wrist) at the start of this series – let’s see if 1B Carlos Santana (team-leading 9 home runs and 34 RBI) can heat up against a Brewers’ pitching staff that ranks a decent fifth in the league in team ERA (3.52).

 

 

NOTE: Catch our NBA Finals Game 4 preview plus much more in the next edition of Jim Sez.

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