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A golden night ahead for the Warriors

A golden night ahead for the Warriors

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Game 5 of the NBA Finals takes place in the early hours of Tuesday morning (UK BST) and a win for the Golden State Warriors will see them take the title.

The 2015 champions took a commanding 3-0 lead in the best-of-seven series, before the Cleveland Cavaliers claimed a home court victory in Game 4 to keep alive their hopes.

But as the two teams prepare to head back to California, the Warriors will be determined to clinch the series and gain revenge for last season’s finals defeat to the Cavs.

Game 4 was physical and tetchy and, led by LeBron James, the Cavs were determined not to have their rivals celebrate on their home patch.

Home court advantage in Game 5 though could prove decisive and coach Steve Kerr will demand a response from his men – who suffered their only play-off defeat of the season in the last match.

Again, the big-name stars are likely to play a key role in proceedings at the Oracle Arena, as they have done in the first four matches.

Cavs main man James scored 31 points and had 11 assists in Cleveland’s 137-116 win on June 9, while Golden State pair Kevin Durant and Stephen Curry have scored 137 and 100 points respectively over the four games to date.

The defending champions will not make it easy for the Warriors and a tight affair is likely – with 27/4 available on the home team to win Game 5 by 7-9 points.

But ultimately, Golden State should end the contest and any talk of a fightback from the defending champions with guard Curry due a big game to highlight his star status.

Golden State, who can be backed at 20/83 to win the series 4-1, have scored over 110 in all of the four finals games and are 5/6 to achieve that again in Game 5.

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Warren Ashurst Warren has been a sports journalist for over 25 years, both written and broadcast. Having worked as a radio commentator, he has a wealth of experience of seeing top-level sport first hand and specialises in football, golf and cricket.