Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Golden State Warriors - 1/15/18 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Lynette Rowe
January 17, 2018

Because I watched the Warriors and Cavs play on Monday night, and I watched Golden State show - beyond a shadow of a doubt - that they were the superior team to Cleveland.

"Because we have the best player in the world", Lue said January 15 before the Cavaliers hosted the Warriors at Quicken Loans Arena. "It seemed like the rim just got smaller and smaller, " James said as he bemoaned his side's latest shooting slump, but it was more about the depth and defence his team lack rather than the misses which should be most concerning.

The Golden State Warriors will continue their five-game road trip Wednesday (Thursday AEDT) when they visit the Chicago Bulls. The streak began with a rout in Minneapolis at the hands of the Timberwolves.

Not even the Warriors 6-11 de facto guard Kevin Durant - called "Durantula", for his Spiderman arms, or "The Slim Reaper" for his build and his grim harvest of shots scythed out of the air - could get it. Is a mid-lottery first-rounder really going to change everything for this team?

Two-time MVP Stephen Curry added 23 points and eight assists, playing in just his second game since suffering a second ankle injury in as many months.

"My body feels good", Thomas said.

"I was a little upset at halftime just because we weren't guarding anybody", Warriors coach Steve Kerr told reporters at Quicken Loans Arena. I've got to get my legs back. They extended their lead in the 2018 National Basketball Association standings with a win over the Cleveland Cavaliers (26-17) Monday night, just a couple of hours before the Houston Rockets (30-12) suffered another loss. "For us, I don't think we're ready to go right now". James scored 29.9 percent of his team's points in the NBA Finals. Some of these problems may be from effort, however, and can be fixed.

Seemingly, several players on the Cavs would like to see some of the other Cavs traded for new Cavs, but from here it's hard to see what anyone involved gained from this goofy little episode.

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Darren Collison scored 22 points and Victor Oladipo tallied 19 as the Indiana Pacers rallied from a 22-point deficit to edge the struggling Cleveland Cavaliers 97-95 on Friday.

So, the Cavaliers remain the favorite to get out of the East this season, but that position is not almost as unassailable as it's been ever since James came back to Cleveland. "In that situation, when we're not really scoring, we've got to execute a lot better". But even he circled back and qualified his remarks.

"They're much better than they are now, and we all know that".

Joel Embiid established his dominance against the Toronto Raptors. It may not be the Cavs, but one of their chief rivals that makes a significant addition at the deadline.

Whether that improvement comes internally or via a trade is now the big question for Cavs management.

Tristan Thompson has become a hugely overpaid role player.

Despite struggling to a 26-17 record thus far this season, the Cavs will still be seen as odds-on favorites back east come playoff time.

But there's also the chance that none of those things will happen. The Cavs are attempting to make a fourth straight Finals appearance after going 1-2 in the championship round against the Warriors the past three years. They did not play well in the first half, stayed steady in the third quarter, and turned it on in the fourth quarter.

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