The Golden State Warriors lost just its fourth game of the postseason to Cleveland on Sunday night, and Stephen Curry had his worst game of the postseason. Some are quick to attribute that to tough defense by Cavs point guard Matthew Dellavedova, but Curry is sure to rebound in Game 2.
Stephen Curry 26.5 Total Points (O -145; U +115)
OVER. Stephen Curry is coming off his worst game of the postseason, and many are quick to attribute it to the defensive pestilence of Matthew Dellavedova. That’s probably not the case. Curry simply had an off-night because all shooters eventually have a crapper. All things even, it’s probably not the case that Dellavedova is some bonafide defensive stopper. He’s tough, he’s pesky, but Curry was still getting good looks in Game 2; he was just misfiring. Even shooting under 25 percent from the floor (5 of 23), Curry still put up 19 points, misfiring on all but two triples out of 15 attempts. That just won’t happen often.
Stephen Curry 7 Total Assists (O -125; U -105)
UNDER. Steph had just five assists in a game in which he should have been passing more. He’s going to look to get back in the scoresheet with threes in this game, which makes this one an under while the next is an over because of it.
Stephen Curry 3.5 Made Threes (O -250; U +195)
The odds aren’t particularly attractive on 3.5 makes at -250 for the OVER, but that’s a safer mark given he’s going to get 10 or 11 attempts up regardless of what the Cavaliers throw at him. Klay Thompson’s big Game 2 will warrant additional attention too, at the peril of Dellavedova who may get caught isolated on Curry more often than last game.
Stephen Curry 2 Total Steals (O -110; U -120)
UNDER. Curry had no steals in Game 2, and he’s had just one game with more than 2 steals in the past five games.
Klay Thompson 21.5 Total Points (O -130; U EVEN)
OVER. Thompson appears to be finding his groove after knocking down 14 of 28 from the field in Game 2. What was encouraging was to see Thompson getting shots for himself, via the dribble and making moves coming off curl screens. He’s smelling blood against a poor defending J.R. Smith, and Thompson outclasses J.R. on both ends of the court.
Klay Thompson 6.5 Total Rebounds + Assists (O -130; U EVEN)
OVER. Thompson had seven in game 2 and seven in Game 1. Even in the Houston series he finished with eight in one of those three games. He’s mixing it up between rebounding and passing, but in the first two games of this series he’s grabbed 11 rebounds. Being a 6’7” 2-guard allows that to happen.
Klay Thompson 2.5 Made Threes (O -165; U +135)
The OVER -165 on the over is a good value. He’s hit 3.5 threes per game in the first two games of the series and closed the Houston series with an average of four per game over Games 3-5.
Draymond Green 13 Total Points (O -115; U -115)
UNDER. Draymond Green is focused on hitting the boards and playing tough defense. The Warriors needed offense from him in Game 2 and he responded by hitting just 2 of 7 from the floor (though he was 6 of 6 from the free throw line). Green is realistically being pushed to a fourth option in the offense with Harrison Barnes showing more aggressiveness offensively.
Draymond Green 10 Total Rebounds (O -110; U -120)
OVER at -110 is the call here. Green had 10 boards in Game 2 and he played 43 minutes. He’s a workhorse and if he consistently can avoid foul trouble (not guaranteed) he is going to fight with Tristan Thompson for the majority of the work on the glass. Andrew Bogut will snatch the other heap of boards for the Warriors who were negative-10 on the glass in Game 2.