Free NBA Expert Picks For Tonight (Jan 15): Warriors vs Cavaliers Predictions
The NBA is host to eleven games on Monday night. Twenty-two teams are playing, but the most anticipated game of the night is Cleveland hosting Golden State. My NBA pick for January 15 is below and the odds can be found at Sportsbetting – Don’t Miss 75% Up To $1000 Bonus. If you have thought about buying sports betting picks you should read our Pay For Picks article and take advantage of our free NBA expert picks instead of paying for them.
Golden State Warriors vs Cleveland Cavaliers Prediction
Cleveland and Golden State have become rivals after meeting in back-to-back NBA Finals. This meeting marks the second and last between these two teams. Golden State enters the night with a 35-9 record. Cleveland is coming in on a three-game losing streak, which has brought their record to 26-16. The Cavaliers will be looking to get back on track, while the Warriors are trying to continue to roll.
The first game between these two teams was held in Oakland on Christmas Day. The Warriors played a solid game at home and it showed in the final score. Golden State ended up with a 99-92 win. With this game coming back to Cleveland, the Cavaliers will need to use home court to their advantage.
Stephen Curry missed the first game, but Klay Thompson and Kevin Durant stepped up. Durant dropped twenty-five points and Thompson scored twenty-four. Draymond Green had a big night with a triple-double. Green had twelve points, twelve rebounds and eleven assists. Cleveland was able to stay in the game with a solid night from Kevin Love and LeBron James. Love scored thirty-one points and had eighteen rebounds. James scored twenty points and added six rebounds and six assists.
A big difference for this upcoming matchup is that Cleveland will have Isaiah Thomas in the lineup. Thomas has been averaging twelve points since returning from injury. LeBron James leads the team in points per game with twenty-seven points. Kevin Love is second with nineteen. Kevin Durant, Steph Curry and Klay Thompson have all been averaging over twenty points per game. Durant averages twenty-six points. Curry averages twenty-eight points. Thompson averages twenty-one points. Cleveland will need to contain the three of them if they want a chance to pull off the victory.
Golden State Warriors -4 ½ (-110) at Cleveland Cavaliers +4 ½ (-110)
Both the Warriors and Cavaliers are coming off games where they blew big leads. The Warriors led by twenty-seven against the Raptors on Saturday night, but DeMar DeRozan brought Toronto back from the dead. The Raptors never took the lead back, but they pulled the game within one. In the end, the Warriors won by two points. Cleveland led the Pacers by as much as twenty-two points, but the Pacers came back. Indiana ended up with a two-point victory.
Both teams will be trying to control the pace of the game the entire time. Time of possession will be something to watch in this game. I believe that at home the Cavaliers will be able to control the pace. LeBron James is going to be coming out with a vengeance after losing three-straight.
As a four-and-a-half-point underdog, I believe that the Cavaliers are a great bet. These two teams play emotional games and normally find themselves in close games. That is a lot of points to lay at home. LeBron James plays great in games like these. On top of that, James will be looking to desperately stop the Cavaliers losing skid.