(1) Golden State Warriors vs. (2) San Antonio Spurs: Warriors in 4
I want to see the Golden State Warriors enter the NBA Finals undefeated in the playoffs. The Warriors are probably the best team in NBA history, so it would be awesome to see them chase history. I think it’s a forgone conclusion that the Warriors will be this year’s NBA champions, so having them chase history will make these games compelling. The Warriors made history during last year’s regular season, now it’s time to see if they can make history during these playoffs. Having the greatest regular season and postseason in NBA history under their belts would make these Warriors the greatest collection of talent that the NBA has even seen. Coach Gregg Popovich might be the best coach in NBA history, but he’s no match for the Warriors. Kawhi Leonard is the best defender in the NBA, but he cannot guard Golden State’s death lineup by himself. Although it would be exciting to see these teams compete for seven games, I’d much rather see the Warriors chase history in the NBA Finals.
(1) Boston Celtics vs. (2) Cleveland Cavaliers: Cavaliers in 4
I want to see the Cleveland Cavaliers enter the NBA Finals undefeated in the playoffs. After winning the championship last year, the Cavaliers have been an afterthought this season. I don’t think that sits well with LeBron James and company. Although they coasted through the regular season and allowed Boston to obtain the top seed in the Eastern Conference, there’s no doubt that the Cavaliers are the favorites in this series. LeBron has elevated his game in the playoffs (like he does every season). The Celtics are a team on the rise, but they seem to be a year or two away from being championship contenders. This season is destined for the third straight NBA Finals between the Cavaliers and Golden State Warriors. The Cavaliers understand that they are considered heavy underdogs in this potential finals rematch, but they are not scared of the Warriors. They first have to get past the Celtics, and I don’t think that will be much of an issue. The Celtics have struggled throughout the playoffs. They’ll need to play at a high level to have a chance of knocking off the defending champions. I don’t think they’ll be able to flip the switch against the Cavaliers. I think Boston has a shot of winning a game in this series, but I’d like to see the Warriors and Cavaliers enter the NBA Finals undefeated in the postseason.