With the NBA Finals coming up, it is only natural everyone makes a prediction. And let’s just say these two teams are making it pretty hard. In terms of head to head match ups, the Golden State Warriors and the Cleveland Cavaliers have only faced off twice this season.
In the first game on Jan. 9, the Cavs traveled to Oracle Arena. The Warriors pulled away with the win, 112-94. Klay Thompson led the team in scoring with 24 points and Stephen Curry finished with 23 points and 10 assists. LeBron James was out due to lingering injuries.
The next time the two teams met was on Feb. 26 in Cleveland. This time the Cavs had “The Chosen One” on the court, and he was dominant, as expected. James finished the game with 42 points and 11 rebounds. Mr. MVP Stephen Curry had an off night (shockingly), shooting only 5-of-17 from the field. This game was tied eight times and had 12 different lead changes. One prediction is for sure – this series will be entertaining.
With a week off before the Finals start, both teams have time to rest and get players healthy. The advantage of this goes to the Warriors. Curry will have time to rest a sore elbow and Thompson a cut in his ear and a concussion. Cleveland needs more than a week to get their players in shape. Kevin Love is out for the Finals and it is unclear what will happen with Kyrie Irving.
The Warriors are known for hitting their threes left and right, and their defense is just as solid. Draymond Green has been all over his opponents and he’s having his best defensive year yet.
The Cavs and the Warriors both have big guys under the hoop, guys that can shoot the ball well and often, and players that can take over the game at any time.
Now for my prediction: LeBron James may be the best player, but the Warriors are the better team. Warriors WIN in 6.
Catch the NBA Finals starting June 4.
Game 1: June 4, 9 p.m. ET Cleveland at Golden State
Game 2: June 7, 8 p.m. ET Cleveland at Golden State
Game 3: June 9, 9 p.m. ET Golden State at Cleveland
Game 4: June 11, 9 p.m. ET Golden State at Cleveland
*Game 5: June 14, 8 p.m. ET Cleveland at Golden State
*Game 6: June 16, 9 p.m. ET Golden State at Cleveland
*Game 7: June 19, 9 p.m. ET Cleveland at Golden State
*Denotes if necessary