The NBA needs this to be a good series. After the Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers absolutely demoralized the entire league, fans are on the edge of their seat for a fantastic finale to the 2017 year. Nothing is better than these two teams going head to head for the third time straight in an epic battle.
Let’s break it down:
5 reasons why the Warriors will win the NBA Finals
- The Warriors have more talent than the Cavs, plain and simple. All the way through the lineup, from Kevin Durant and Stephen Curry to Klay Thompson and Draymond Green, it is hard to argue against Golden State being the more well-rounded team. Throw in the dunk machine of JaVale McGee and you have a literal “superteam”.
- Aside from being sidelined for an MCL sprain and other injuries, Kevin Durant has been the missing key that the Warriors were looking for last year. He can play different styles to adapt to the Cavs while additionally shooting the ball over 40% from 3-point range and averaging 25.2 points per game.
- Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson are not even at full force yet. That should be a massive scare to Cleveland with Thompson only averaging 14.4 points per game with a mere .383 shooting percentage. Curry’s numbers have not been bad, though he is expected to play even better in this crucial series
- The Warriors own home-court advantage in the Finals which could play a significant role if the series goes long, as many assume.
- They are the only undefeated team in the playoffs so far; the Warriors rolled through the Blazers, Jazz and Spurs. Why would anyone want to play against them? They are too good.
5 reasons why the Cavaliers will win the NBA Finals
- He is the “X-Factor” of this series and is in consideration for being the GOAT in NBA history. LeBron James makes everyone around him better and is the heart and soul of the Cavs. The team depends on his skills in close moments but can also function successful from his presence and motivation. James will need to be at his best, which the world knows he can, for the Cavs to win the series
- As the perfect complement to James, Kyrie Irving is the definition of “clutch” with his insane 3-point shooting and excellent free-throw percentage at 91%. As the time in games go down, Irving’s talent goes up.
- Think the Warriors are the only team with depth in the NBA…think again. With Kyle Korver and JR Smith at shooting guard and ageless Richard Jefferson behind LeBron James at small forward, the Cavs are loaded at every position to be able to compete with Golden State. If some of Cleveland’s starters go into foul trouble early, as James did against the Celtics, the Cavs have nothing to worry about.
- In the rebounding category, Kevin Love has been a beast in the playoffs. He averages a whopping 10.4 rebounds per game! On top of that, Love makes .457 percent of field goals and almost half of his shots from beyond the arc.
- The Cavaliers have the mental advantage on their opponent with the Finals win last year. As much as 2017 is the present and the past can never be altered, the second series of the trilogy has to haunt the Warriors. From “le block” to Kyrie’s game winning shot on the road, Cleveland has the ability to defy history, get into the Warriors’ heads and act tougher.
My Prediction: Golden State in 6 games
The Warriors have too much talent for the Cavs to handle. The quality of Golden State’s “starting 5” is stronger than that of Cleveland. In the dire moments of a game, almost any player on the Warriors is well equipped to take the “final shot”.
Fans are in for a treat over the next few weeks; enjoy the basketball!