Who takes Game 1 of the NBA Finals?

    by dustan.copeland on June 1st, 2017

    It has finally arrived. After a long week without basketball, the 2017 NBA Finals begin tonight in Oakland. Whether you love or hate the fact that we’re watching the third consecutive Finals showdown between Golden State and Cleveland, this is certainly the most anticipated postseason series in 2017. Both teams breezed through their respective series with only one loss between them. We’ve seen throughout the season and playoffs that the only teams that have a shot beating Cleveland and Golden State are, frankly, Cleveland and Golden State.

    Thankfully, we’ll get healthy versions of both teams. In 2015, Cleveland lost two of their star players in Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving. In 2016, Golden State struggled with a Draymond Green suspension and a Steph Curry ejection. The only person missing from this series is Steve Kerr. As great of a coach as he is, I doubt it will make that much of a difference on the star-studded squad that is the Golden State Warriors.

    Here’s how Game 1 looks tonight.

    CLEVELAND VS GOLDEN STATE

    Vegas odds put Golden State as the favorite to win this series, and the odds of Golden State winning Game 1 are even greater. After all, the Warriors are 90-10 in their last 100 games in Oracle. They’re entering the series with more rest and, likely, more confidence. Sure, Steve Kerr doesn’t feel well enough to coach, but the Warriors are generally healthy. Kevin Durant and Steph Curry are both on their A-Game. Draymond Green has yet to get suspended. Klay Thompson has adapted quite well to a more supportive role this season. And, to put a little icing on the cake, they’re 2-0 in Game 1’s against the Cavs. The addition of KD makes them even more likely to extend that Game 1 winning streak. Honestly, it wouldn’t be too much of a surprise if Golden State finishes the postseason 16-0 by sweeping the Cavs.

    But all of this doesn’t exactly guarantee a victory for the Warriors.

    Cleveland heads into the series coming off an impressive run of their own. Their only loss comes as a result of a lackluster performance from LeBron James. I said it before and I’ll say it again: we won’t see LeBron play that poorly again, especially considering how well he plays in the Finals. Though he may have played on the losing team in his two previous postseason meetings with Golden State, an argument can be made that he deserved the MVP award for both series. Also, it seems like Kyrie really believes he’s a better player than Steph, and he has ample reason for such a belief. Injured in Game 1 of the 2015 series, Irving missed the rest of the Finals. But when a healthy Uncle Drew faced off against Steph in 2016, he got the best of the unanimous MVP.

    However, I still am not quite sold on the idea of an upset in Game 1. Cleveland showed a few glaring holes in their defensive game during the Eastern Conference Finals. If the Cavs can figure things out, they might have a shot in Game 1. However, the Warriors offense is on a whole different level in comparison to the Celtics. I’m sure LeBron and Co. will make something work defensively—just not in Game 1.

    Warriors win, 110-102.

     Filed under: Sports, NBA Basketball, Playoffs, Finals, Golden State Warriors, Cleveland Cavaliers, Lebron James, Steph Curry, Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving, Kevin Love, Draymond Green, Steve Kerr, Klay Thompson

    24 Comments

    tony.martinez: Warriors win and cover is the
    Thu, 06/01/2017 - 05:11

    Warriors win and cover is the pick...I happen to agree. I hope we see a good game and series.

    pokoracle: I am going to agree with you.
    Thu, 06/01/2017 - 13:06

    I am going to agree with you. I think the Warriors will take the first game. They are favored to win.

    gamer1: My prediction is that the
    Thu, 06/01/2017 - 13:10

    My prediction is that the Cavs will prevail 107 to 98. I am hoping they win.

    Jesusinspirit: I think it will be a good
    Thu, 06/01/2017 - 13:15

    I think it will be a good game and the Warriors will cover the spread. I agree with you on this prediction.

    slayer: !st game today and I think
    Thu, 06/01/2017 - 16:10

    !st game today and I think your prediction is pretty close. Exciting day for the NBA.

    dubbydubdub: I can't wait for the game
    Thu, 06/01/2017 - 16:31

    I can't wait for the game today. Any sport championship is always fun to watch. I think Dustan is right on with his prediction.

    Stryker: I hope the Cavs prove
    Thu, 06/01/2017 - 18:09

    I hope the Cavs prove everyone wrong and they take it all the way.

    rebel D: Big night for the Warriors
    Thu, 06/01/2017 - 18:43

    Big night for the Warriors hopefully they cover the spread.

    NoBluffin: Its the beginning of the end
    Thu, 06/01/2017 - 19:47

    Its the beginning of the end for the Cavs!! lol JK may the best team win!

    Prince: Getting ready for a night of
    Thu, 06/01/2017 - 22:31

    Getting ready for a night of some good Basketball. Go Cavs!

    dustan.copeland: Your Cavs are looking good
    Fri, 06/02/2017 - 01:25

    Your Cavs are looking good right now!

    tony.martinez: What game are you guys
    Fri, 06/02/2017 - 02:48

    What game are you guys watching? The Cavs have been dominated all game.

    dustan.copeland: First quarter wasn't that bad
    Sat, 06/03/2017 - 03:09

    First quarter wasn't that bad. It totally changed soon after I made that comment haha.

    vlade.mikas: That game was never close
    Fri, 06/02/2017 - 15:37

    That game was never close last night and now at 9 point favorites I have to jump in before this line hits double digits which it should. The Cavs had no answers for the Warriors and how will this change. Klay hasn't even gotten started yet...

    Prince: The game was a big
    Fri, 06/02/2017 - 16:09

    The game was a big disappointment. Cavs had no game last night.

    gamer1: Warriors were playing to win
    Fri, 06/02/2017 - 16:10

    Warriors were playing to win no doubt about that. It was a big win for them.

    Brandon0888: Cleveland had no chance last
    Fri, 06/02/2017 - 16:13

    Cleveland had no chance last night. I doubt they will bring anything to Oakland on Sunday. Warriors will go all the way.

    pokerman: It was kind of a boring game
    Fri, 06/02/2017 - 16:44

    It was kind of a boring game last night. It looked like the Warriors didn't have to do much to win.

    MrMiyagi: I still can't believe the
    Fri, 06/02/2017 - 17:36

    I still can't believe the Cavs lost by so much. It was not a good game for them.

    pokoracle: It was a good game for the
    Fri, 06/02/2017 - 19:55

    It was a good game for the Warriors but the Cavs were really not playing a game at all.

    Stryker: Warrirors came to play last
    Fri, 06/02/2017 - 20:18

    Warrirors came to play last night . It was their night for sure.

    slayer: The game was not too exciting
    Fri, 06/02/2017 - 21:53

    The game was not too exciting. Poor Cavs did not play a game at all.

    Jesusinspirit: Sunday will hopefully be
    Fri, 06/02/2017 - 22:50

    Sunday will hopefully be better for them.

    dubbydubdub: Its the 1st game so I am
    Sat, 06/03/2017 - 00:46

    Its the 1st game so I am giving the Cavs the benefit of the doubt. I think they will pull through.

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