NBA Finals Preview – King James vs. Splash Bros.!

On October 17, 2017 I wrote an article entitled 2017-18 NBA Season – Do We Need To Play It Out? I basically said that Golden State and Cleveland were a shoe in to head back to the NBA Championship. Told You So!! HAHA, like that was an easy accomplishment. Yes we do have King James versus the Splash Brothers, but by no means was it an easy trip. Both needed to win the last 2 in their Conference Championship to make it to this match-up. Still they both found a way to get it done and now we have Cavaliers/Warriors 4! So lets take a look at the match-up and see who has the advantage.

TEAM STATS – First of all, Golden St was the #2 seed in the West with a regular season record of 58-24 while Cleveland was the #4 in the East with a record of 50-32. Both teams had identical 29-12 home records during the regular season with Golden State having a much better road record of 29-12, compared to Cleveland’s 21-20 mark. Offensively, Golden St was 1st in the NBA at 113.5 points/game and Cleveland was 5th at 110.9. Defensively, Golden St was 18th at 107.5 and Cleveland was 26th at 109.9. As for the point differential Golden St was 3rd at +6.0 and Cleveland was 14th at +1.0. Head to head this season. Golden St won both match-ups. The first game was Christmas Day in Golden St with the Warriors (-4.5) winning & covering 99-92. The 2nd meeting was in Cleveland on January 15th. Again Golden St got the win and cover as a -5.5 favorite 118-108. Both games went UNDER the posted total too.

PLAYER COMPARISONS – It isn’t easy to compare these two teams. It is like the whole apples and oranges debate. Cleveland, of course, is lead by King James. Lebron was involved with 55% of the scoring for the Cavaliers during the Eastern Conference Playoffs (points & assists). He had to lead the way in the last two games against Boston without 2nd leading scorer Kevin Love, who left Game 6 five minutes into the game with a head injury. Love’s status for the Finals is still up in the air. James will need some help from players like Tristan Thompson, who has picked up his play lately, along with Kyle Korver and George Hill (neither are averaging over 10 points/game in the playoffs). Talk about a one man show. LeBron leads his team in scoring (34.0), assists (8.8), steals (1.4), blocks (1.1) & defensive rebounds (8.0). He is 2nd behind Love (10.0) in total rebounds at 9.2. So what does the King James have to battle? Let’s take a look at Golden St. The Warriors have 3 players averaging 20 plus points per game in the playoffs. Kevin Durant leads the way at 29.0 followed by Stephen Curry at 24.8 and Klay Thompson at 20.5. Then there is Draymond Green who is averaging a double-double at 11.1 points and 11.6 rebounds per game in the playoffs. Green also leads the Warriors in assists at 8.1, steals at 1.9 and blocks at 1.6 during the playoffs. Like Cleveland having a big injury with Love, the Warriors have been playing lately without the 2015 NBA Finals MVP Andre Iguodala. Before getting hurt Iguodala averaged 7.9 points and 4.9 rebounds in the playoffs and will be a key defensive advantage if he can play.

ODDS FOR THE SERIES – Vegas has definitely given the Warriors a large advantage in this series. Lets take a look at a few odds.

Line for Game #1
Cleveland
Golden St -12

Series Price
Cleveland +675
Golden St -1050

Correct Series Results
Cleveland wins in 4 games +15000
Cleveland wins in 5 games +8000
Cleveland wins in 6 games +2000
Cleveland wins in 7 games +2500
Golden St wins in 4 games +175
Golden St wins in 5 games +145
Golden St wins in 6 games +450
Golden St wins in 7 games +550

So everything points to another Warrior title but are you ready to give up on LeBron yet? Who do you like? How many games will it go? We would love to hear what you have to say. Don’t forget to get all of the Razor Sharp Winning action on each game by going to Freeplays.com and clicking on Razor Sharp Sports. Plus don’t miss out on our MLB action and the NHL Stanley Cup! Good Luck!

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