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NBA Finals prediction poll: Warriors easily win vote

Jeff Fogle

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Stephen Curry came up short in last year's NBA Finals. The Warriors plan on the addition of Kevin Durant putting them over the top in a third consecutive title showdown with the Cavaliers.

In the storied history of the NBA Finals, there never has been a trilogy … until now. Cleveland-Golden State Part III has arrived.
 
The Warriors won in six games in 2015. The Cavaliers won a thrilling Game 7 in 2016. How will this one end?
 
VSiN staff members, other media, oddsmakers and professional bettors were polled for their predictions. The Warriors, minus-250 series favorites, easily won the popular vote.
 
Sam Amick, USA Today NBA Insider: Warriors in 6
I’m very impressed with the Cavs’ chemistry and how they are playing, but the Warriors are too good and more talented.
 
Dave Cokin, ESPN Radio 1100: Warriors in 5
I see this being a highly competitive series, but I believe Golden State to be the superior entry this season and expect the Warriors to win in less than the seven-game limit.
 
Todd Dewey, Las Vegas Review-Journal: Cavaliers in 7
The Cavs pick up where they left off in last year's Finals. LeBron James and Kyrie Irving again prove unstoppable, with an assist from a much-improved Kevin Love, and Cleveland wears down the Warriors' weak interior defense.
 
Chuck Esposito, Sunset Station sports book director: Cavaliers in 7
Bulletin board material. The defending champs are getting plus-200 to win the series. Too much value with LBJ as they repeat as champs.

Patrick Everson, Covers.com: Warriors in 5
I can’t see this going seven games, but also can’t see the Warriors winning Game 6 in Cleveland. So, a motivated Golden State squad in five games.
 
Doug Fitz, SystemPlays.com handicapper: Warriors in 6
It's very difficult to win back-to-back titles as the Warriors found out last year. They will exact their revenge but the Cavs will make them earn it.
 
Ron Flatter, VSiN host: Warriors in 5
LeBron James notwithstanding, the Warriors will win this in five.
 
Bernie Fratto, ESPN Radio 1100: Cavaliers in 6
The greatest shooting team in history added... a shooter! But GSW will miss Andrew Bogut, Harrison Barnes and Marreese Speights as a result. All great rim protectors and help-defenders. LeBron and company will repeat, but it won't be easy.
 
Ed Graney, Las Vegas Review-Journal: Warriors in 6
The only way Golden State loses is if every coach — and training staff and ball boys — falls ill and Mark Jackson trades in his headset for a clipboard.
 
Paul Howard, VSiN host: Warriors in 6
The Warriors are 12-0 so far and Klay Thompson continues to struggle. Do not buy the hype on the Cavs — their defense is a mess and all the open shots Boston and Toronto missed will go in for Golden State. Cleveland had the second-worst D in the league post-All-Star break.
 
Vinny Magliulo, Gaughan Gaming, VSiN oddsmaker: Warriors in 6
I think the Warriors have advantages with their pace and defense. I also like the added dimension of Kevin Durant.

Mitch Moss, VSiN host: Cavaliers in 7
This is the best LeBron James has ever played, and he'll be rewarded with his fourth NBA title.

Brent Musburger, VSiN host: Warriors in 7
The Cavaliers can hold serve in a Game 6 in Cleveland, but I think Kevin Durant just adds a little more firepower for Golden State.
 
Brian Musburger, VSiN CEO/co-founder: Warriors in 6
Kevin Durant is going to be the difference, and it’s that simple.
 
Erin Rynning, Las Vegas professional bettor: Warriors in 5
Both teams possess the offensive firepower for an entertaining Finals, but defense wins championships. The Warriors own lethal scoring abilities the Eastern Conference is missing, reintroducing the Cavaliers’ defensive weakness.
 
Mike Scalleat, Las Vegas professional bettor: Cavaliers in 6
I bet the Cavaliers and under the total in Game 1, and they have got a good shot at plus-220 to win the series. LeBron is the best player in the series, Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love are playing great, and they know they can beat this team.
 
Amal Shah, VSiN host: Warriors in 6
The Warriors are focused and playing at an extremely high level. They remind me of the '85 Lakers, who were able to avenge the '84 loss to the Celtics.

Jeff Sherman, Westgate sports book manager: Warriors in 6
Both offenses have numerous weapons, but the Warriors defense versus the Cavaliers defense will be the key difference in the series.
 
Jonathan Von Tobel, VSiN host, producer: Warriors in 6
This Warriors team is more than capable of sweeping the Cavaliers, but LeBron James and Kyrie Irving won't let that happen.
 
Matt Youmans, VSiN.com editor: Warriors in 7
A year after the Warriors’ wheels fell off in Games 5, 6 and 7, Kevin Durant makes the difference in another series that goes the distance.
 
Totals: Warriors 15, Cavaliers 5

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