Complete 2016 NBA Finals Matchup Breakdown and Prediction

June 1st, 2016 by Dan Favale Leave a reply »

It's deja vu for the NBA Finals.

After throttling the rest of the Eastern Conference, the Cleveland Cavaliers are within four victories of their first-ever title. Again. And after narrowly escaping the Oklahoma City Thunder, the Golden State Warriors are on the verge of epic champagne showers. Again.

All of those regular-season and playoff games later, we're here, back where last year ended. The Cavaliers are healthier, the defending champion Warriors are better. But the stakes are the same.

Might the outcome be different?



Cleveland Starters: Kyrie Irving, J.R. Smith

Golden State Starters: Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson

With all due respect to the Cavaliers, Kyrie Irving and postseason J.R. Smith, the Warriors deploy the best starting backcourt in basketball, and it's not even close.

Irving and Smith, to their credit, make for a lethal offensive combination, one with the long-distance acumen necessary to rival the flame-throwing of Stephen Cu ...

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