NBA Betting: Examining The NBA Finals Matchup At Every Starting Position

The highly anticipated NBA Finals showdown between the Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers has become a reality and while two of the league’s biggest superstars LeBron James and Stephen Curry will command the spotlight this series will be just as much about their supporting casts. Here is a position-by-position breakdown of the 2015 NBA Finals betting matchup.

Point Guard
Kyrie Irving vs. Stephen Curry

The NBA MVP has stepped up his game again in the playoffs averaging 29.4 points, 6.4 assists, 4.7 rebounds and a ridiculous 5.0 3-point shots per game this postseason. Those numbers would be almost impossible for Irving to match even if he was healthy and considering the knee injury he is dealing with it could be even more difficult for him to keep up. Irving looked really good in the opening two playoff rounds but considering the injury and the elite level that Curry has played at all year there should be no doubt that Golden State has a substantial edge at this position.

Edge: Warriors

Shooting Guard
Iman Shumpert vs. Klay Thompson

Shumpert has stepped up for Cleveland since he was acquired from the New York Knicks and he has performed well in these playoffs averaging 10.7 points, 5.2 rebounds and 1.2 assists while making nine starts. Those are decent numbers for a player that was considered expendable by one of the worst teams in the NBA but it’s tough to envision a scenario where he can hold his own against the Warriors’ starting point guard. Thompson has made the necessary adjustment to the secondary role in Golden State’s offense and he has averaged 19.7 points, 3.9 rebounds, 2.9 assists and 3.1 3-point shots per game this postseason giving the Warriors another elite pure shooter on the perimeter.

Edge: Warriors

Small Forward
LeBron James vs. Harrison Barnes

There is no doubt about who has the edge at this position as LeBron James looks to complete his challenge of bringing a championship to the city of Cleveland. James has averaged 27.9 points, 10.5 rebounds and 8.4 assists per game in the postseason and it will take a Herculean effort from him in this series in order to somehow will the Cavaliers to a title.

Edge: Cavaliers

Power Forward
Tristan Thompson vs. Draymond Green

One of the worst kept secrets of these playoffs is how dominant Green has been for Golden State as arguably their second-most important piece. Green has averaged 14.4 points, 10.6 rebounds and 5.4 assists per game as well as nearly 3.0 combined blocks and steals. Thompson has really elevated his level of play in place of the injured Kevin Love but considering the drop off in talent between the two and how dominant and versatile Green has been for the Warriors there is no doubt they have the edge in this department.

Edge: Warriors

Timofey Mozgov vs. Andrew Bogut

Golden State hasn’t needed to rely on Bogut at the center position and that is a testament to their outside shooting and scoring depth. Mozgov has done a decent job in his role for Cleveland but even if there is a slight disparity between these players it’s fair to say it won’t have enough of a tangible impact on this series to make a major difference.

Edge: Draw