NBA Finals - Who ya got?

Submitted by mGrowOld on June 1st, 2017 at 4:25 PM

The long awaited NBA finals finally start tonight as the defending NBA Champion Cleveland Cavaliers (boy that's got a nice ring to it) take on the Golden State Warriors and this marks the first time two teams have met three straight years in the finals.  The Cavs come in 12-1 in the playoffs while the Warriors are 12-0 and have won an amazing 27 of their last 28 games.  

ESPN polled 27 NBA experts and 23 have the Warriors winning with most picking them to prevail in 5 (top bet in Vegas by the way).   Speaking of Vegas they have Golden State as a prohibitive -240 to win the series (you have to put up $240 to win $100) and the odds to win the finals MVP are Durrant the favorite at 7-5, Curry #2 at 8-5 and LeBron #3 at 2-1.   Clearly the entire world thinks Golden State will make quick work of the Cavs.

Me?  Well I think just about everybody here knows I'm not seeing things that way.  I think as long as #23 is on the court Cleveland has a "punchers chance" of defending their title.  I've got the Cavs in 7 in an epic repeat of last year's finals with a red hot Kevin Love being the surprise X factor when all is said and done.

Go Cavs!

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Comments

Whole Milk

June 1st, 2017 at 4:31 PM ^

No matter how it goes, I want to see Lebron try and top his performance from last season's finals. It was an unbelievable watch and I can't wait to see him attempt it again. 

Dylan

June 1st, 2017 at 4:32 PM ^

When LeBron beats this Warriors team, the debate will be over.

Also:  I'm still disappointed with you , KD.  Used to be my favorite player.

Qmatic

June 1st, 2017 at 4:37 PM ^

Warriors in 5 with Durant winning MVP. Curry will once again underwhelm though. Cavs have the players to tire Curry out and make him work like hell to get good looks. That's how they turned the series last year. Unfortunately for Cavs the Warriors replaced a dead man walking in Barnes last year with the second best player of the league

Lee Everett

June 1st, 2017 at 8:50 PM ^

That's just wild.  He's very, very skilled, but he's clearly in the second tier.

http://stats.nba.com/players/clutch-traditional/#!?sort=PTS&dir=-1&Season=2016-17&SeasonType=Regular%20Season&PlayerPosition=G

Russ, Thomas, Curry have better +/- in the final five minutes in a five point game than Kyrie.  Wall is right on his heels.  You can play with the sliders to make them more favorable to Irving, I'm sure.  

creelymonk10

June 1st, 2017 at 4:45 PM ^

I hope Golden State wrecks Cleveland, and I think they will. Might drop a game or two on an off shooting night (just hope not 3 in a row like last year).