With the 2015 NBA playoff conference finals about to tip-off around the Association, this year presents us with new stars and new rivalries. The biggest of which will be the 2015 NBA regular season MVP Stephen Curry vs MVP runner-up James Harden.
The breathtaking Golden State Warriors face the 2015 comeback kids aka the Houston Rockets in the Western Conference Finals, while the Atlanta Hawks take on the Cleveland Cavaliers in the Eastern Conference Finals. Curry, Harden, LeBron James and a well-balanced Atlanta team are a great Final Four for the 2015 NBA playoffs. Click here for live NBA playoff betting odds.
The Warriors last appeared in the Western Conference Finals was almost 40 years ago in 1976. Meanwhile, the Hawks last reached the Eastern Conference Finals well over 40 years ago in 1970. On the flip-side the Cavaliers and Rockets have been playoff hopefuls over the last decade, but neither squad has staked a claim to the conference finals.
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Golden State Warriors 1/2
Golden State made a slight defensive adjustment, Andrew Bogut on Tony Allen, and all of a sudden they dominated possibly the only team that could stop their offense. The Warriors are back to being the team to beat to win the NBA Championship this season. If Golden State just plays their game, it’s doubtful that the Hawks, Cavaliers or Rockets will beat them in a 7-game series. Steph Curry is playing like the MVP. Lost in his offensive greatness is the fact that Curry secured 21 total boards in the final 3 games between the Warriors and the Grizzlies.
— Golden St. Warriors (@warriors) May 18, 2015
Cleveland Cavaliers 14/5
The 94 to 73 win over the Bulls in Chicago in Game 6 over the weekend was close to phenomenal. Cleveland held the Bulls to 37.5% shooting from the field and 20% shooting from behind the arc. That’s amazing because the Cavs dominated the Bulls on the Bulls’ home court. Here’s another reason to be impressed. Cleveland had 5 guys score in double-figures in the Game 6 win. 4 of those guys were not named Kyrie Irving. If the rest of the team is stepping it up, the Cavs should take care of the Hawks without any issues.
— Cleveland Cavaliers (@cavs) May 17, 2015
Houston Rockets 10/1
The Rockets proved their mettle by beating the Clippers 3 games in a row to get to the Western Conference Finals. New Clippers’ boss Steve Ballmer has to be thinking about changes in the organization right? As far as Houston is concerned, James Harden will keep your team in the game. He’s that talented of a player and Coach Kevin McHale really has these guys believing in each other. But, they face a squad that absolutely buried them during the regular season. 87 to 98, 93 to 105, 106 to 131, and 113 to 126 are how the 3 battles versus Golden State ended during the regular season. The Rockets are in trouble.
Atlanta Hawks 13/1
After watching Atlanta beat Washington 94 to 91 to earn a berth in the Eastern Conference Finals, one thing is obvious. This is point-guard Jeff Teague’s team. Any time that the Wizards made a run, Teague would drive to the basket and get a bucket himself or he’d set up one of his three-point shooters for a wide-open look. Teague has become one of the top players in the NBA. The Hawks match up well versus the Cavaliers. They beat Cleveland 3 out of 4 times during the regular season and they do have home court advantage. Don’t sleep on Atlanta at least making it to NBA Finals if they can keep LeBron’s and Kyrie’s supporting cast from getting too involved.