Julius “Dr. J.” Erving Makes NBA Finals Predictions After Cavs/Warriors Advance To Conference Finals
Shooting the lights out of the Eastern Semis and into the Conference Finals was enough to make the Cleveland Cavaliers national favorites to win the NBA Championship, according to an ESPN poll.
In a phone interview with Fox Sports, Julius Erving, also known as the great Dr. J., revealed who he believes will win the 2016 NBA Championship. Here’s a hint, it isn’t the team with the first ever unanimous MVP.
Sam Gardner of Fox Sports reported on Erving’s strong statement.
“There’s always this consensus that the better teams are in the West, but Cleveland will be a tough matchup, offensively and defensively, for whoever comes out of the West. Because that’s not the team that played in the regular season. This team right now, they’re on to something that just kind of makes them a force to be reckoned with, and they’d have to be the favorites right now, in my book. …
Currently, how they’re playing, they’re playing better than the Warriors, better than the Spurs, better than Portland and better than Oklahoma City, and better than Miami and better than Toronto. They are playing the best basketball right now.”
Both the Cavs and Warriors are playing great basketball right now, but Cleveland has shown that it can sustain the hot shooting from downtown, and it’s made many question whether anyone will be able to top an offensive onslaught from LeBron James, Kyrie Irving, Kevin Love, J.R. Smith, Channing Frye, Matthew Dellavedova, Iman Shumpert, Richard Jefferson.
The Cavs will face either the Raptors or the Heat in the East Finals. As of Thursday morning, the Raptors lead the series 3-2 with a chance to close out in Miami on Friday.