Cleveland Cavaliers vs Golden State Warriors – 6/4/15 NBA Playoff Fantasy Sports, Basketball Picks, Odds & Predictions
The 2015 NBA Finals are set as Fantasy draft managers will have difficult decisions to make as the Golden State Warriors will be meeting the Cleveland Cavaliers. Game 1 will be played on Thursday June 4th and you can follow your rosters on ABC TV at 9PM Eastern Time.
The Golden St Warriors were favorites of NBA fantasy players as the club was the top scoring, shooting and three point shooting team in the NBA during the regular season. They defended well as many viewers were able to witness in these playoffs. The Warriors allowed 42.8% shooting to opponents ranking best in the league for the regular season. Golden St showed off great defense in the Western conference semifinals as the club was able to limit shot attempts of the Memphis Grizzlies big men in Zach Randolph and Marc Gasol. Once Memphis was eliminated, Golden St needed just five games to eliminate the Houston Rockets in the Western conference finals.
Cleveland enters the NBA Finals with eight days of rest after the team was able to eliminate the Atlanta Hawks in a four game sweep. The Cavaliers were strong defensively in that series by allowing no greater than 89 points in three of the four games. Prior to their win against the Hawks the Cavaliers eliminated the Bulls and Celtics. Cleveland will be tested defensively. They have shown weakness during the regular season in transition defense. Atlanta, Boston and Chicago could not exploit this weakness. Golden St can with their speed, intelligence and passing ability. Kyrie Irving is nowhere near 100% and could be a defensive liability. J.R. Smith is a poor defender and could be exposed in this series.
Cleveland Cavaliers Point Guard: Kyrie Irving has been bothered by a knee problem that has forced him to miss games in the Eastern conference finals. He admitted to the media that he will not be 100% for this series. In the playoffs he is averaging 18 points per game and shooting 43% from the floor.
Cleveland Cavaliers Shooting Guard: J.R. Smith is getting fewer minutes than Iman Shumpert but Smith is producing a bit more offensively. Smith is averaging 13 points and Shumpert 10 points per game in the playoffs. J.R. Smith could be a defensively liability in this series so proceed with caution if you are to add him to your real money league tournament roster.
Cleveland Cavaliers Small Forward: LeBron James has simply carried this Cavaliers team on his shoulder. It helped that the competition in the East was offensively challenged. James is averaging nearly 41 minutes a game in the post season with 27 points, 10 rebounds and 8 assists.
Cleveland Cavaliers Power Forward: Kevin Love will be sidelined in this series due to his shoulder injury.
Cleveland Cavaliers Center: Tristan Thompson has earned the trust of his coach and as a result has seen his minutes rise by eight more minutes than the regular season. He is shooting 59% from the floor and grabbing 10 rebounds per game to go with his 9 point per contest output.
Golden St Warriors Point Guard: Stephen Curry is difficult to defend as his dribbling ability breaks down opposing defenses. In the playoffs he is averaging 29 points along with 6 assists per game. In the five game series against Houston, Curry played just an average of 37 minutes per game. He is very fresh coming into this series.
Golden St Warriors Shooting Guard: Good news for Klay Thompson is he passed his concussion test and will play in Game 1. The concern will be if there are any ill effects from this traumatic blow to his head. In the playoffs Thompson is averaging 21 points and three assists per game.
Golden St Warriors Power Forward: David Lee has averaged just three minutes in the Houston series. Lee could be asked to contribute in this series to help defend LeBron which could result in some rebounds and scoring chances. He averaged 11 minutes in the Memphis series as he helped defend Zach Randolph and Marc Gasol.
Golden St Warriors Small Forward: Draymond Green has contributed well for the Warriors this postseason. In the Houston series Green averaged 14 points and 12 rebounds per game. He was asked to keep the Grizzlies and Rockets big men from the hole in back to back series and still contributed offensively.
Golden St Warriors Center: Andrew Bogut is no longer a main option for this Warriors team. He sets screens and rolls for rebounds offensively. He plugs the middle for Golden St on defense. He averaged 9 rebounds per game in the Rockets series.
One Day League NBA Finals Fantasy Tips
PG: Stephen Curry (Warriors)
SG: Klay Thompson (Warriors)
PF: David Lee (Warriors)
SF: LeBron James (Cavaliers)
C: Andrew Bogut (Warriors)