NBA Finals Betting: LeBron, Cavaliers In Tough Against Warriors In NBA Finals

LeBron James was the 2014 summer’s most celebrated sports superstar after he made the decision to return to the Cleveland Cavaliers in order to try and bring an NBA championship to his native Ohio. After closing to within four wins of completing that challenge it will be that much more disappointing for Cleveland fans when their team falls short. The Cavaliers were undoubtedly the best team in the Eastern Conference all year but injuries have taken their toll on the roster and now they will have to go up against the most dominant team the NBA has seen in a long time in the Golden State Warriors with a championship on the line. 

2015 NBA Finals – Best-of-7 Series
Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Golden State Warriors

What It Will Take For The Cavaliers To Win

LeBron has taken his game to another level in the playoffs as he has averaged a team-high 27.9 points per game along with 10.5 rebounds and 8.4 assists. James has the potential to become the first player in NBA history to average at least 27, 10 and 10 in a postseason and it might take more than that for Cleveland to beat Golden State. Kevin Love’s season-ending shoulder injury was a major blow to this Cavaliers’ team and even though they beat the Atlanta Hawks without him this will be a much different series. Factor in that Kyrie Irving isn’t at full strength either and suddenly it looks like Cleveland could be in big trouble against a team as good as the Warriors. JR Smith has been excellent with Love and Irving hurt along with Iman Shumpert, Tristan Thompson and Matthew Dellavedova. However, even with LeBron that supporting cast will be in very tough to win games against Golden State even if they can find a way to all overachieve and perform at a consistency elite level as a team.

What It Will Take For The Warriors To Win

When Stephen Curry went down on a nasty fall in Game 4 against the Houston Rockets there was a moment where Warriors’ fans realized how fragile their championship aspirations could be and how one major injury had the potential to completely ruin a season. Fortunately for Golden State he was able to get back up and continue playing and as long as this team is healthy they will be difficult to stop. Curry is the league’s MVP for a reason and he has stepped up his game even further in the postseason as he has averaged a team-high 29.4 points per game along with 6.4 assists, 4.7 rebounds and 3.6 3-point shots per game. Curry alone will trade punches with LeBron but he also has the benefit of the better supporting cast with Klay Thompson, Draymond Green and Harrison Barnes helping to fill out the starting five. The Warriors also have the luxury of a deep bench that includes Andre Iguodola, Shaun Livingston and Leandro Barbosa and the fact that each of those three players could potentially start for Cleveland is testament to the disparity between the talents on the respective rosters minus LeBron and Curry.

Outlook & Pick

The Cavaliers might have had a chance to make this series interesting if Love and Irving were both at full strength but Love is out and Irving is dealing with nagging injuries and that will severely limit a roster that would have already been in tough against Golden State. This Warriors’ team is one of the best that we have seen in a long time in the NBA and as long as Curry and company are healthy they will play with a sense of urgency and put Cleveland away in style with a surprising sweep in the NBA Finals.

NBA Betting Pick: Warriors In Four