The postseason began with 16 teams, all with one goal of reaching the 2015 NBA Finals, but only two teams remain–the Cleveland Cavaliers and Golden State Warriors. The Cavs proved to be the best team in the east after running through the Boston Celtics, Chicago Bulls, and Atlanta Hawks after a 4-0 sweep of the series. LeBron James will embark on an historic five consecutive NBA finals appearances, with two titles hoisted as a member of the Miami Heat. The Cavs haven’t been without their injury issues as Kevin Love is out for the remainder of the postseason while Kyrie Irving was sidelined most of the east semis due to an ailing knee injury. The Cavs will be well rested in time for the NBA finals where they look to raise their first ever NBA Championship banner.
The Warriors proved to be the superior team in the West after eliminating the New Orleans Pelicans, Memphis Grizzlies, and Houston Rockets in convincing fashion. Stephen Curry proved why he was the leagues MVP as he torched the nets virtually every game while leading his team to their first trip to the NBA Finals in close to 40 years.
Heading into the NBA Finals the Warriors have a healthy roster and are among the most deadly three-point shooting teams in the league but are they good enough to battle against a physical and tough Cavaliers team?
Cavaliers vs. Warriors 2015 NBA Finals Predictions
Sauping R. Arguello (NBA Contributor) – Well, it seems like this year’s playoffs have consisted of injuries and proving me wrong. I did, however, predict the Golden State Warriors finishing the Houston Rockets in five games to advance to the Finals. I’ve also been stating all season long how much the Eastern Conference is inferior to the west as the Cleveland Cavaliers have cruised their way to the Finals after sweeping the Atlanta Hawks.
The Cavs faced very little resistance by the first seeded Hawks, despite injuries to two of their big-three (Kevin Love, Kyrie Irving). The Hawks also faced injuries of their own in losing Kyle Korver for the series and having a hobbled DeMarre Carroll the rest of the way. Overall, the Cavs were too dominant versus a team who seemed like the moment was too big for them. The bad news is that now they must face the Golden State Warriors.
The Warriors have grown tremendously during this playoff stretch. Steph Curry has quieted all the MVP doubters with a phenomenal playoffs so far (shattering the three-pointers made record in the playoffs). The Warriors will demonstrate their defensive depth and abilities by having an array of players to guard LeBron James. Harrison Barnes, Andre Iguodala and Draymond Green will all spend significant time trying to contain James, who is having a monstrous playoffs run.
Cavaliers vs Warriors 2015 NBA Finals Prediction – The Cavs have not encountered a team as balanced as the Warriors who can shoot the lights out and defend at the top level. It will be very interesting if James can continue to carry this team to a title. J.R. Smith, Tristan Thompson, Iman Shumpert, Timofey Mozgov and the feisty (dirty?) Matthew Dellavedova have all stepped up in the playoffs but will it be enough versus the Warriors? How healthy is Kyrie Irving? I just don’t think the Cavs have enough to win versus a superior team not having two of their three best players healthy. The Warriors will be NBA Champions in 5 games (4-1) as Steph Curry will hoist the MVP Award.
Jr. Williams (NBA Editor) – What a ride the 2015 NBA playoffs have been. True, we have witnessed a slew of injuries to key players but that shouldn’t negate the fact that I have personally seen some of the most gut wrenching plays and epic game winning shots from multiple players in quite some time.
I think the Bulls gave a valiant effort versus the Cavs in the eastern semi-finals, and I think a lot of people overestimated the Atlanta Hawks and their ability to win the east. Their struggles against the Wizards and Nets should have been the prelude to their demise as the Cavs sent them home two games earlier than my initial 4-2 prediction. All-in-all the Cavs are right where they’re supposed to be– in the NBA Finals.
How good are the Warriors? Well, If there’s one team that has yet to find any major postseason resistance it would be the Golden State Warriors– a team that has basically cruised through the Western Conference playoffs en route to the NBA Finals. Stephen Curry has proven to be a great shooter, however, he has a long way to go in becoming a great player. The Warriors have a deep roster but this could be the one series where they finally compete against a team that is tougher and more physical than their group of fake tough guys.
Yup, I said it. The Warriors have a group of posers headlined by Draymond Green and Andrew Bogut who will finally get a chance to rub elbows with the likes of Timofey Mozgov, Iman Shumpert, and Tristan Thompson— guys who can defend, score, and rebound with authority.
Cavaliers vs Warriors 2015 NBA Finals Prediction – I’m not drinking the Warriors Kool-aid. If Kyrie Irving is even close to his normal speed, he will draw a lot of unwanted defensive attention from Stephen Curry. The Warriors are a great offensive team, however, they are facing a Cavs team with superior defenders. Cavs head coach David Blatt is severely underrated, and I think he wants to win at the highest level. I’m looking forward to the series, but I think the Cavs will take home the title 4-2.
Keith Rivas (Editor) – I’m looking forward to the Kyrie Irving-Steph Curry matchup for a couple of reasons.
First, since the Cavs swept the Hawks and stole the show right out from under them, that means Kyrie is going to have as much time as legally allowed by the league to rest. He has a right foot injury and a bug in his left knee — Cleveland will need him down the stretch to get the series win. So him being 100 percent is crucial.
On the flip side we have young gun Steph Curry who has taken professional basketball by the horns and shown no regrets.
After storming through the Western Conference with two near sweeps and a pathetic challenge by the Memphis Grizzlies, Cleveland will be Golden State’s true test this season and will show whether or not the hype was worth it.
Heading into the series I would give the edge to Cleveland. Everything seems to be going the right way for LeBron James in his ultimate quest to bring a title back home.
Well…he’s just four games away.
I would also say the confidence on the Cavs side is much higher than that of the Warriors. It’s not everyday that the top team in any conference gets swept by a lower seed — even if that lower seed has King James. I think this series will go a full seven, with Cleveland jumping out to leads of 2-0 and 3-1 before Golden State makes a final charge.
Cavaliers vs Warriors 2015 NBA Finals Prediction- LeBron & Co. will be pushed to the brink, but I see no reason they won’t overcome. My series MVP will go to Kyrie Irving (if Cleveland wins) and if the Warriors win I would go with Draymond Green. Yes, Steph Curry is the MVP. Yes, he has been hitting circus shots like nobody’s business. But Green’s defense has been key this entire season and is one of the bigger pieces to the puzzle. Series prediction – Cleveland (4-3)
Steve Turner (NBA Contributor) – It’s that moment all NBA fans have been waiting for – the Finals! I’m extremely excited for this Golden State versus Cleveland matchup. These teams have clearly been the best all year and each has a chance to win the championship. There are going to be so many crucial match-ups in this series, but the best match-up in my opinion will be between Steph Curry and Kyrie Irving. These guys have been top tier point guards all year and are duking it out in the final showdown.
The match-ups of JR Smith versus Klay Thompson and LeBron James and Draymond Green are also going to be incredible. The big man match-up between Mozgov and Bogut should be interesting also, as they have proved all season that they are dominate at the center position. NBA fans are in for a real treat this year. Cleveland has never won an NBA title and Golden State hasn’t won since 1975. When it’s all said and done though, I’m going with Golden State. This team has been terrific all season and has only lost at home three times.
Cavaliers vs Warriors 2015 NBA Finals Prediction- It’s extremely hard to bet against the best player in the world, LeBron James, but this Golden State Warriors team has what it takes to win the whole thing. I think Steph Curry is going to make the difference for the Warriors. He’s had such an amazing season and I don’t think he’s done just yet. I’m taking Steph Curry as the Finals MVP and the Warriors to win it all in 7. I really hope it goes to 7 because I know it’s going to be a hell of a series.