Warriors powered past the Rockets in the WCF & Cavs swept past the Hawks in the ECF. Who will win this NBA betting series between 2 teams not used to being on this stage, this late in a season?
The Cleveland Cavaliers Can Win Because…
They have the best basketball player in the world. LeBron James was outstanding against the Atlanta Hawks, averaging just over 30 points and nine assists while averaging 11 rebounds as well. He was brilliant, and his dynamic game drew so much attention from Atlanta’s defense that he was able to set up his teammates for open three-point shots. The Cavaliers are able to use LeBron as the heart of their offense, creating so many different looks that defenses have to react, rather than dictate, in relationship to King James. If LeBron posts up, defenses have to act in one way. If LeBron stays on the perimeter, defenses have to react in another way. LeBron is such a good passer and a surveyor of the court that he can find angles where most other players would not be able to come up with anything. Lebron is also tall enough that he can make the skip pass over the top of the defense to reshape the court.
The Cavaliers also have size inside that can bother the Warriors. Timofey Mozgov’s shot blocking will be tough for Golden State to deal with. Tristan Thompson’s rebounding excellence is also going to be a problem for the Warriors as well.
The Golden State Warriors Can Win Because…
They are the better team, having won 67 games in the NBA regular season compared to only 53 for Cleveland, and in the much better Western Conference. They have home-court advantage in this series as well, and have lost only three home games all season, just one in the first three rounds of the playoffs. They have the league’s MVP, Stephen Curry, on their team, after he turned in a great performance in the first three games of the Western Conference finals against Houston. They have the better coach in this series, Steve Kerr. The Warriors might be outsized by Cleveland, but in Draymond Green, they have a player who can guard many different kinds of players. The Warriors are agile and versatile, and have three guys – Draymond, Andre Iguodala, and Harrison Barnes – who could guard LeBron if they needed to. Golden State’s defense should be able to react to Cleveland’s shooters and stop the Cavs’ offense.
The Warriors are the better team here, but they have not been at their best for most of the playoffs. They crushed Houston in Game 3 but generally needed a lot of things to go their way in the other three wins from that series (Games 1, 2 and 5). If Golden State is not on top of its game, Cleveland has LeBron James and a few matchups it can exploit. The Warriors should win this series and as long as they cut down the turnovers, they won’t sweat it too much. Take the Warriors with your NBA picks.
NBA Pick: Golden State in 6 at GT Bets