Counterpoint: Breaking News ... Warriors Favored in NBA Finals

Tuesday, May 29, 2018 5:32 PM UTC

Tuesday, May. 29, 2018 5:32 PM UTC

The title of this article was intentionally done to match the silliness of local and national news these days as Golden State is an overwhelming favorite to knock off Cleveland in The Finals again.

<h2 style="text-align:center"><a href="" title="Cavaliers vs. Warriors">NBA Finals: Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Golden State Warriors</a></h2><h2 style="text-align:center"><a href="" title="Cavaliers vs. Warriors">Game 1: Thursday, 9 p.m. ET (TV: ABC)</a></h2><p>In my ongoing war of words with SBR colleague Swinging Johnson here for Point/Counterpoint (of which I have a decisive edge in correct selections, just sayin'), it was my turn to choose and frankly, it is underwhelming.</p><p>Sportsbooks such as <a href=";book=BetOnline" rel="nofollow" title="Top Rated Sportsbook">BetOnline</a> have Golden State as a ginormous -1000 favorite against the <a href="" target="_blank" title="NBA Odds">NBA odds</a> to win the series (Cleveland +725), which is the largest such Finals figure in at least 16 years (L.A. Lakers -750 over New Jersey) and looking back at various series, maybe ever.</p><p>For <a href="" target="_blank" title="Free NBA Finals Picks">NBA picks </a>I, of course, took the Warriors. But I'm envious of Swinging Johnson, because he has Cleveland and gets to write fiction and make up cool stuff, while I have the boring old facts to fall back on to, why Golden State will be crowned champion for the third time in four years.</p><p>[/]{"component": "embedHTML", "code": "&lt;blockquote class=\"twitter-tweet\" data-lang=\"en\"&gt;&lt;p lang=\"en\" dir=\"ltr\"&gt;That 4th straight &lt;a href=\";amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\"&gt;#NBAFinals&lt;/a&gt; feeling. 🔥 &lt;a href=\"\"&gt;;/a&gt;&lt;/p&gt;— Whistle Sports (@WhistleSports) &lt;a href=\"\"&gt;May 29, 2018&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/blockquote&gt;\n&lt;script async src=\"\" charset=\"utf-8\"&gt;&lt;/script&gt;\n"}[/]</p><p>Here are the facts, at least by how I see them.</p><p> </p><h2>Cleveland vs. Golden State: Act IV</h2><p>Golden State has four players who after retiring could be in the Hall of Fame. Stephen Curry was a bit rusty after a long layoff, but is playing fresh on both ends of the floor at this point and is likely to create more problems than usual for Cleveland with fresher legs.</p><p>The Warriors won last year's title because of Kevin Durant. The Cavaliers did not have anyone to guard him then and they don't now. As long as he's a willing passer, he will have ample opportunities to score in this series.</p><p>Klay Thompson would be a superstar on any other team, but he can become forgotten in this star-studded galaxy. He's a consistent long-range bomber, moves well without the ball and usually guards the opposing team's best offensive guard. A pro's pro.</p><p>Draymond Green is the emotional leader of this team and relishes it. His willingness to do whatever it takes is remarkable and his game is so multifaceted.</p><p>With Kevin Love expected back for Cleveland, LeBron James at least has another dependable scorer.</p><p> </p><h2>Why Golden State Wins</h2><p>The Warriors are ungodly talented and, if fully engaged, are almost unbeatable in a series. Not facing Kyrie Irving is part of the reason the Cavs are such big underdogs. Tristan Thompson has not been as dependable throughout the postseason like the past two years. Thompson has been a force against Steve Kerr's club, but now Golden State has young active plays like Kevon Looney and Jordan Bell to combat him along with JaVale McGee.</p><p>The Warriors defense has been sensational in the playoffs and if they don't get too full of themselves, they should win the series in five games.</p><p>Watch for Swinging Johnson and me to trade verbal jabs with picks throughout the NBA Finals.</p><h2 style="text-align:center"><a href="">Read why recent events give credence to Swinging Johnson's prediction.</a></h2>
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