Today, we're going to take a deeper look into the Warriors and their pursuit of the NBA Championship. Can Steph and the boys win another ring or will there be an upset?
There is great pride in a dynasty and 2 or more consecutive NBA Championships is considered a dynasty. The Warriors can see the finish line with not much ahead of them. Just recently, Stephen Curry gave David Lee his Championship Ring and there's so much pride involved with 'the bling”.
Golden State To Win 2016 World Championship -150
Rest of the Field -120
Right off the bat, NBA odds makers are telling the betting public that they think that the Warriors should go all the way. In basketball, home court advantage is so very important and there are two teams with undefeated records at home; the Golden State Warriors and the San Antonio Spurs.
A Possible Obstacle
The Spurs are a group with 3 future hall of famers in Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili, and Tony Parker. Let's not forget the Spurs head coach, Gregg Popovich, who has to be considered the best head coach in the NBA and a future hall of famer himself. Under Popovich's watch, the Spurs have won 5 World Championships in 2 decades. Lately “Pop” has been resting his starters as he doesn't care about the Spurs regular season record. He cares more about the playoffs.
Splash Brothers For 3!
We've seen a lot of that this season. Not only do Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson hit 3-pointers at an efficient rate, they're the best 1-2 combination in the NBA where 3-pointers are concerned and they can hit 3-pointers from well beyond the arc; as long as 30 feet from the basket on a regular basis.
The Warriors offense revolves around this combination, a deep bench, and a very unselfish undersized power forward in Draymond Green.
Green could be a big-time scorer, but he would rather pass the basketball and that suits the Warriors well. Green is a triple-double threat every game if he decides to shoot the basketball. He will need to look for more offense as there are teams that can possibly give the Warriors a run for their money aside from the Spurs.
The Cavs have had a coach fired and dealt with injuries, but they're still at the top of their division and more importantly, they have LeBron James on their squad.
James, who some consider the best player on the planet, is a monster of a man in stature as he likes to take the rock to the hole. James has won 4 League MVP's and 2 NBA Titles at 31 years of age. There's still plenty of gas left in LBJ's tank.
The deciding factor will be the play of Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving. The Cavaliers aren't the best team in the league, but James is unstoppable and has the potential to win it all. The Cavaliers along with the Spurs are two major threats to prevent Golden State from back to back championships.
KD and Westrbook
Although the odds are longer on the OKC Thunder, Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant make for a dynamic 1-2 punch and some can arguably say that they're the best combination in the league.There's nobody injured and Serge Ibaka is a beast on the defensive end along with being able to drill his own 3's. Russell Westbrook is a walking double-double and KD can hit a shot from anywhere on the court when he's hot.
With everything said, I think that Lebron and the Cavaliers would give the Warriors the most trouble. If you think about it, neither Stephen Curry or Klay Thompson can stop LBJ on defense. In fact, defense is a weakness to Curry's game.
Where the Spurs are concerned, they've already proven that they can beat Golden State at home and always seem to sneak up on teams with more talent. With that said, I think it's the end of the road for San Antonio as Tim Duncan is nearing 40 years of age and this is Kawhi Leonard's team now. Leonard is praised as the best “both way” player in the game, but tell that to a Steph Curry 3 pointer or 250 pounds of Lebron James coming at the basket like a locomotive.
Will Golden State Win Back To Back?
Although LeBron James' weakness is his 3-point shooting and he's on a mission to win more titles, it won't be this season.
I don't think that the betting public will ever see the Golden State Warriors at a better price than this again. The Warriors work as a team better than any other team in the league and they're in their prime as opposed to the Spurs, who have just Kawhi Leonard in his prime and an untested LaMarcus Aldridge where the NBA Finals are concerned.
Look for Golden State to win back to back championships. You can call it “wire to wire” as they've been nearly perfect all season long. The Warriors have the best player in the league in Stephen Curry and the best team in the league. The betting odds & NBA picks for this one are too good to pass up.
Pick: Golden State Warriors -150 To Win 2015-2016 NBA Championship -150 at BetOnline