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2016 NBA Finals – Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Golden State Warriors Expert Picks and Predictions

2016 NBA Finals – Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Golden State Warriors Expert Picks and Predictions

The 2016 NBA Finals is all set. The Cleveland Cavaliers, spearheaded by LeBron James, will look to give the city its first-ever NBA title when they go up against the Golden State Warriors starting this Thursday. But before everything else, let’s take a look at which team the experts in ESPN, CBS Sports, and USA Today think will cop the 2016 NBA title.

Meanwhile, check out our complete preview of Game 1 here.

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Expert Picks for Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Golden State Warriors


Experts Pick Games
J.A. Adande  Warriors 7
Kevin Arnovitz   Warriors  7
Ian Begley Cavs  7
Chris Broussard  Warriors 7
Bradford Doolittle Cavs 6
Amin Elhassan  Warriors 6
Chad Ford  Warriors 7
Chris Forsberg  Warriors 7
Nick Friedell  Warriors 6
Israel Gutierrez  Warriors 7
Tom Haberstroh  Warriors 5
Baxter Holmes Warriors 6
Cassidy Hubbarth Cavs 6
Zach Lowe  Warriors 7
Tim MacMahon  Warriors 6
Arash Markazi  Warriors 6
Mike Mazzeo  Warriors 7
Dave McMenamin Cavs 6
Kevin Pelton  Warriors 6
Ramona Shelburne  Warriors 7
Marc Spears  Warriors 7
Marc Stein  Warriors 6
Ethan Sherwood Strauss  Warriors 6
David Thorpe  Warriors 6
Justin Verrier  Warriors 6
Michael Wallace Cavs 6
Calvin Watkins  Warriors 7
Michael Wright Cavs 7
Royce Young Cavs 6


There were 29 Bristol guys who were asked which team they think will win the 2016 NBA Finals and 22 picked the Warriors. It’s not hard to comprehend how these many ESPN pundits are siding with Golden State.

After all, the Warriors are the defending champions, the best team throughout the regular season, and are being led by the reigning two-time MVP in Stephen Curry. Based on their predictions on how long the series would last, it appears that they’re expecting a hard-fought final, as only one (Tom Haberstroh) sees the series ending in five games or less.

LeBron will have the level of talent playing by his side this time around unlike last year when he had to share the floor most of the time with the likes of Timofey Mozgov and Matthew Dellavedova. With Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving completing the Big Three, the texture of this finals should be a whole lot different than last season’s.

CBS Sports

Experts Pick Games
Ken Berger Warriors 7
Bill Reiter Warriors 6
Zach Harper Warriors 7
James Herbert Warriors 6
Matt Moore Warriors 6
Ananth Pandian Warriors 7

There’s no one playing the devil’s advocate over at CBS Sports. All six of their experts predict Curry and company to reign supreme again.

Among them is Zach Harper, who, while acknowledging Cleveland’s offense that could match Golden State’s, opines that resorting to fire to fight the Warriors’ fiery offense would not suffice to beat Curry and company. Harper just doesn’t see the Cavs having the defense to consistently take the Warriors off their rhythm, thus his prediction of Golden State in seven games.

USA Today

Experts Pick Games
Sam Amick Warriors 7
Sam Amick Warriors 7

Well, what’s new? USA Today experts Sam Amick and Jeff Zillgitt name the Warriors as their pick to win it all. Both of them also see the series going the distance.

In the article, USA Today tells that the Warriors would raise the Larry O’Brien Trophy if the core trio of Curry, Klay Thompson, and Draymond Green play the way they’ve always have. Green was particularly singled out, as he needs to avoid losing his composure and play with poise so as for the Warriors to avoid getting victimized just like in Games 3 and 4 of the western conference finals against OKC.

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Written by Rex

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