NBA Finals Expert Picks

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The Experts
Picks Overview
  Doug Gottlieb Brandon Tierney Jason Goff Adam Kaufman
Golden State Warriors vs. Cleveland Cavaliers
Warriors in 7. Warriors in 6. Warriors in 6. Warriors in 6.
Picks Analysis
Golden State Warriors vs. Cleveland Cavaliers
Doug Gottlieb, CBS Sports Radio
Warriors in 7.
Keeping in mind the 2-2-1-1-1 format for the Finals is now in place.... LeBron will not have as much space to work with, as he doesn't have Kevin Love to move to center. Kryie will struggle to find someone to guard with his gimpy knee. And Golden State is simply magnificent at home. I'll take the Warriors in a game 7 win!
Brandon Tierney, Tiki and Tierney Show, CBS Sports Radio
Brandon Tierney, CBS Sports Radio
Warriors in 6.
While the Cavs experienced some early growing pains before feasting on the inferior Eastern Conference, the Warriors have been flexing since opening night and are clearly the better team. It's easy to get trapped inside of LeBron's aura, but top to bottom, the Dubs deploy better offensive skills players, more versatile defenders and more bench depth. The Warriors are simply too potent, while the Cavs enjoyed an unrealistic run from JR Smith and Iman Shumpert to inject a false sense of security inside Cavs backers. LeBron's still the greatest player on the planet, but every other tangible aspect of basketball falls in the column headlined by the boys from the East Bay. Move over Rick Barry, there's a new champ in town. Warriors roll...
Jason Goff, 670 The Score, CBS Chicago
Jason Goff, 670 The Score, CBS Chicago
Warriors in 6.
The Warriors have too much firepower and are as good as it gets defensively. Kyrie Irving's health is an issue, and I don't think the steady diet of J.R. Smith can be counted on. LeBron is great and will accept the blame as the Cavs simply lose to a better team.
Adam Kaufman, WBZ NewsRadio 1030, CBS Boston
Adam Kaufman, WBZ NewsRadio 1030, CBS Boston
Warriors in 6.
This is a foregone conclusion, isn't it? Are there even people from Cleveland who believe the Cavaliers will win the Finals? I suppose when your team's never won anything and your city hasn't captured a title since the Johnson administration, you'll cling to anything. This series is compelling on paper: the best player in the world against the NBA MVP. However, LeBron James will lose his third of five straight trips to the Finals because, collectively, Steph Curry's club is too strong and too balanced. Sure, Klay Thompson's apparently bruised brain is a concern, but the certain absence of Kevin Love looms larger. Thompson will play at some point, maybe as soon as Game 1, and he'll play well. Draymond Green - just one member of a suffocating Warriors defense - will annoy the King to no end and, while James is sure to post some serious numbers, he and a banged up Kyrie Irving can't win the series alone; only extend it long enough to make it interesting. From Day 1 of the season for this spectator, the East was always ripe for the Cavs' taking, but the championship belonged to the West. Apologies to Northeast Ohio, but the Larry O'Brien trophy will be visiting the Bay Area for the first time in 40 years.