NBA Betting: Which Team Has The Edge In Terms Of X-Factors In The 2015 NBA Finals?



The focus will undoubtedly be on the superstar power of both teams competing in this year’s NBA Finals when LeBron James leads the Cleveland Cavaliers against Stephen Curry and the Golden State Warriors but the outcome of the series will undoubtedly extend further beyond them. Here is a quick look at which team has the edge in the series when it comes to three significant X-Factors.

Coaching

No head coach – except maybe Mike Budenholzer for the Atlanta Hawks – received more props for his team’s success than Steve Kerr did in his first season with Golden State as he helped transform them from a lower seeded playoff team to a championship contender. Kerr has done an excellent job maximizing the talent on his roster and putting his players in position to succeed and he also has a strong group of assistants under him led by associate head coach Alvin Gentry. David Blatt is certainly an excellent head coach in his own right and he is held in high regard in NBA circles but considering some of the issues that have been raised throughout the year including in the playoff series against the Chicago Bulls when he called for LeBron to be the player passing the ball on the inbound rather than shooting the ball it’s impossible to give him the edge over Kerr.

NBA Betting Edge: Warriors

Bench

There is no denying how talented the NBA MVP Curry is or how impressive the Warriors’ starting five has been but it’s also important not to overlook how deep and talented their bench is. Andre Iguodola, Shaun Livingston and Leandro Barbosa have each had their moments throughout these playoffs and they could each certainly provide a spark off the bench. Kevin Love’s injury has taken Tristan Thompson off the bench and in to the starting lineup for the Cavaliers and while JR Smith has shown flashes they don’t have much else beyond that. Matthew Dellavedova has gotten some attention for his energy among other things but Mike Miller and Shawn Marion have barely played and Cleveland would be in big trouble if Irving or another starter is forced to the sideline because of injury at any point.

Edge: Warriors

Momentum

In order to get to the NBA Finals a team has to have a measure of momentum behind them but the Warriors have a lot more working in their favor as they look to finish off an outstanding season as NBA champions. Golden State absolutely dominated in the much tougher conference and they are reaching their peak heading in to the NBA Finals completely healthy. Meanwhile, the Cavaliers are without Love and Irving is nursing an injured knee so they are nowhere near full strength coming out of the Eastern Conference. The fact that they reached the NBA Finals in LeBron’s first year back in Cleveland will provide some momentum but this series could go south for them in a hurry if the Warriors take advantage of home court advantage with a pair of lopsided wins in the first two games of the series.

Pick: Warriors