Warriors vs Cavaliers Picks: Cavs Pray to Contain Curry

Steph Curry has been molten-hot, averaging 39.5 points per game on 54.9 percent shooting from the field and 46.2 percent shooting from the outside since the start of April.

Last Updated: Apr 15, 2021 4:55 PM ET
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The Cleveland Cavaliers host the Golden State Warriors on Thursday, April 15, when Steph Curry will look to keep himself rolling with a big performance at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse in Cleveland, Ohio. 

Will Steph have another 40-point performance tonight? Keep reading our Warriors vs. Cavaliers picks and predictions to find out. The game tips at 8:00 p.m. ET. 

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PointsBet USA pegged Golden State as 7.5-point chalk overnight and by lunch hour dipped to -6.5, where the line remains at 5 p.m. ET. Point-spread ticket count and money are both just shy of 3/1 on the Warriors. The total inched from 224.5 to 224, with the Over drawing 61 percent of tickets and the Under landing 68 percent of money.

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Warriors: F Kelly Oubre Jr. (Doubtful), C James Wiseman (Out), F Eric Paschall (Out). 
Cavaliers: G Collin Sexton (Questionable), G Darius Garland (Questionable), F Larry Nance Jr. (Probable), C Jarrett Allen (Probable), G Damyean Dotson (Out), F Dylan Windler (Questionable).

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Betting trend to know

The Warriors are 4-1 ATS in their last five games. Find more NBA betting trends for Warriors vs. Cavaliers.

Against the spread (ATS) pick

The Warriors have really turned it on recently, as this team has won and covered in four of its last five. One of those wins came against Milwaukee — without Giannis Antetokounmpo — and another was against Denver. The biggest reason Golden State has caught fire recently is that Steph Curry has gone scorched Earth as of late.

Curry followed up a 53-point performance against the Nuggets on Monday by scoring 42 points in only 29 minutes against the Thunder last night. If Golden State is going to cover in this one, Curry is going to have to get hot again here. He should be able to do just that, as the Cavaliers don’t have anybody that can guard him. 

The Cavaliers also happen to be extremely banged up at the moment. Cleveland has had key rotation pieces going in and out of the lineup in recent weeks, and the team’s backcourt of Collin Sexton and Darius Garland is not in great shape right now. Without those two at full health, it’s hard to predict the Cavaliers will keep things close against anybody right now. They did beat the Hornets last night, but Charlotte doesn’t have anybody as good as Curry. 

PREDICTION: Warriors -9.0 (-110)

Over/Under pick

The Cavaliers were defending at a high level early in the year, but that hasn’t been the case as of late. Each of Cleveland’s last five games has gone Over the total, and the team now hosts a red-hot Warriors team. Curry should get it going offensively in this one, and his teammates have a good chance of pitching in. Meanwhile, the Cavs have a decent shot at turning in a solid offensive performance, too. 

PREDICTION: Over 224.5 (-110)

Player prop pick

Curry is averaging 39.5 points per game on 54.9 percent shooting from the field and 46.2 percent shooting from the outside since the start of April. Over the last three games, he’s scored a total of 133 points and has hit a ridiculous 29 shots from deep. Curry is eventually going to cool down, but Steve Kerr did pull him last game to give him some rest, so he should come out locked and loaded against the Cavaliers.

Cleveland has been miserable as of late, so it’s hard to imagine them really getting in his way here. The only thing that can stop Curry at this point is Curry. He occasionally gets cold — like everyone else — but it’s unlikely that happens here. 

PREDICTION: Steph Curry Over 33.5 (-110) 

Warriors vs Cavaliers betting card

  • Warriors -9.0 (-110) 
  • Over 224.5 (-110)
  • Steph Curry Over 33.5 (-110)

Picks made on 04/15/2021 at 4:45 a.m. ET.

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