The 2017 NBA playoffs have been a yawner if we are being honest. A lot of blowouts and chalk teams winning. Thus we are all counting on the NBA Finals to make up for the previous rounds. The Golden State Warriors know they will host Game 1 of the Finals on June 1. Against who? Almost surely Cleveland, but the Cavs still have a bit of work to do against Boston.
Golden State Warriors 2017 NBA Championship Betting Prediction
The Dubs are -420 favorites at MyBookie to win their second title in three seasons. They Warriors have barely been tested in these playoffs in becoming the first team to start a postseason with a 12-0 record. The Dubs are also the first team since the 2000-01 Los Angeles Lakers to enter the Finals undefeated (it didn’t take 12 wins back thn).
Golden State is be the first franchise from the West other than the Lakers to make the Finals in three straight seasons. The Lakers, who have accomplished the feat six times, last did it from 2008-10. In beating the Spurs 129-115 on Monday, the Warriors notched their fifth consecutive double-digit road playoff win. The 2012-13 Heat posted a similar streak on their way to an NBA title.
Just one of those two of those 12 victories are by single digits. Golden State has caught some injury breaks. Blazers center Jusuf Nurkic barely played in Round 1. Jazz point guard George Hill played one game in the conference semifinals. And in the Western Conference Finals, the Warriors didn’t have to deal with Spurs point guard Tony Parker at all or arguably the NBA’s best all-around player, Kawhi Leonard, after about midway through Game 1.
The Warriors didn’t just win all 12 of their playoff games; they barely broke a sweat in romping through the conference. Golden State won those 12 games by an average of 16.3 points, the highest mark for any team entering the Finals. Only Game 1 against the Spurs and Game 3 against the Portland Trail Blazers were decided by single digits.
It does appear that Golden State will remain without Coach Steve Kerr in the Finals. Kerr said he’s not sure yet whether he’ll be able to coach in the Finals as he continues to deal with complications from back surgery two years ago that have kept him from coaching the past 10 playoff games. It is considered unlikely that he does. Thus Mike Brown, who coached the Cavaliers on two different occasions before being fired both times, should be the guy against his former team.
Golden State entered the 2016-17 season with nearly half a roster that was in its first year with the organization. Veteran free agents such as Kevin Durant, Zaza Pachulia, David West and JaVale McGee, as well as rookies Patrick McCaw and Damian Jones, partnered up with the core contingent of Golden State's back-to- back Finals runs teams.
Team owner Joe Lacob said he wants a rematch after losing to Cleveland this time last year. The Warriors held a 3-1 series lead over the Cavaliers before notably dropping three straight to lose in seven. “I think we’re better,” Lacob said of this year’s squad. “It’s hard not to be better when you have a guy as good as Kevin Durant on your team. We were awful good last year. The one difference is Steph was hurt, as we all know. How much we can debate. But he was not what you see out there now. Then of course we had some other issues in the Finals. With Kevin, this is a very, very good team. The opposition is going to be good in the Finals. So not taking anything for granted.”
Now the Warriors will be off more than a week as they wait for the Cavs. Last year, remember, Steph Curry wasn’t 100 percent healthy in the NBA Finals. He will be now. Golden State will win it all, barring injury, but won’t go 16-0.