NBA Fantasy: Which Team Matchup Would You Choose to headline the NBA Finals?
Would it be, the returning former champions in Golden State Warriors vs. Boston Celtics? Miami Heat vs. Phoenix Suns?
Welcome to the ‘NBA Finals fantasy matchups’.
So far, the playoffs are in accelerating mode with a few teams advancing to the ‘Conference Finals’. The four teams who are the favorites to advance are Miami Heat, Boston Celtics, Warriors, and Suns.
The upcoming NBA Finals dream matchup will be a no-brainer to all NBA watchers.
Warriors vs. Celtics — NBA Finals Preview
The best all-around team vs. the best defensive team.
Warriors vs. Celtics.
In the NBA Finals, the Warriors and Boston are destined to face each other in what would be the must-see Finals since 2016 (Cavaliers vs. Warriors). For Golden State, it will be 3 years since they last been in the playoffs due to the injuries of 3-time NBA Champion Klay Thompson. This time around, the Warriors have experience, depth, a legit third scoring option (Jordan Poole), and championship pedigree to go toe-to-toe against the Boston Celtics.
Unlike the Warriors, Boston is ready to turn the corner and make its presence known. With leading scorer and two-way player Jayson Tatum, All-Star Jaylen Brown, newly-crowned defensive player of the year Marcus Smart, and the others, the question is, will the Warriors stop the Suns from appearing in the Finals?
Based on both teams' matchup, the Warriors and Celtics are pretty much equally matched in terms of depth, spacing, 3-point shooting, and free throws game. However, the weak area where Golden State lack is rim protection. Although Draymond Green has been going great as their center, either Al Horford or Robert Williams III can destroy him on post-ups or by drawing hard fouls.
The only way for the Warriors to win the series against the Suns is for Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Jordan Poole, and Andrew Wiggins to shoot lights out. If the Warriors don’t shoot successfully from the 3-point line, the Celtics will take advantage of the paint and clog the lanes with their tenacious defense.
Based on all of the details I pointed out for both teams, the team that has the edge defensively and toughness is going to be the Boston Celtics. Expect both teams to go all-out in 7 games and a lot of fouls coming in to play in this epic NBA Finals series.
Suns vs. Heat — NBA Finals Preview
Another potential NBA Finals dream matchup will blow your mind.
The best team in the NBA versus the best complete team.
The Phoenix Suns versus the Miami Heat.
This series can go either way. Both teams are capable of performing at a high level under pressure. The Suns have proven that they are the favorites coming out of the West. Discipline, IQ, togetherness, leadership, and knowing when to take over games are what the Suns are known for. The team itself (Chris Paul, Devin Booker, Jae Crowder, JaVale McGee, and Mikal Bridges) have been the most dominant starters in the game today.
The ability to shoot mid-range jumpers at an efficient rate, along with distributing the ball to get their teammates open for a better shot is the reason why the Suns are the best team in the NBA. After a disappointing loss to the Milwaukee Bucks in last year’s NBA Finals, the Suns are looking to redeem themselves and capture the franchise’s first title.
As for the Miami Heat, a championship franchise that is known for their defensive toughness and grit to get the job done. The Heat have depth, defense, perimeter shooters, championship pedigree, and tons of experience (Udonis Haslem, Jimmy Butler, Kyle Lowry, Markieff Morris, and P.J. Tucker).
The outcome for the Suns and Heat series is it will be in 7 games. Each game will be close and it will go down to defensive stops and 50/50 balls. Jimmy ‘buckets’ Butler will show big time in second halves. The newly-crowned ‘Sixth Man of the Year’ Tyler Herro will continue his offensive prowess from the 3-point line.
USA Olympic Gold Medalist Bam Adebayo will match up with Deandre Ayton in the paint and use his versatility to get around the rim. Finally, the ‘defensive stopper P.J. Tucker will do his best to defend Devin Booker to get his team going.
When it is all said and done, the winner of this series will be the Miami Heat.
Will these four teams win it all and become NBA champions?
Will it be the rising Suns, the ‘defensive- Celtics, the ‘golden’ Warriors, or the ‘red hot’ Heat?
Those are my NBA Finals matchups and what to expect in the future.
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