In the last three years, we have seen the same two teams in the NBA Finals; the Golden State Warriors and the Cleveland Cavaliers. Many people expect to see those two teams in the NBA Finals again this year but I strongly believe that won't be the case.
The Golden State Warriors are always the favorite to make the NBA Finals and even win the championship because they have the best roster in the league. That is not the case this year. Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant have met their match in the Houston Rockets' James Harden and Chris Paul. While Harden is a top ten player, Chris Paul isn't and many believe that the Warriors have the edge in that match-up.
The reason why Chris Paul cancels out Stephen Curry is because while Curry is a better scorer, Paul is smart and a great scorer, especially late in games. He is also a better leader and knows what to do in close games.
I can see the Rockets beating the Warriors in the playoffs because James Harden is unstoppable most of the time. Even if Curry and Durant score as much as Harden and Paul, the Rockets still have the advantage. They have better role players and a better bench.
Either of these two teams can make it out of the West. The Portland Trail Blazers also have a chance to make it to the NBA Finals because they have the best two guards in the league and one of the best big man in the league in Jusuf Nurkic.
In the Eastern Conference, the best team at the moment is the Toronto Raptors. While that may be the case, the favorites to make it out of the East is (drumroll) the Cleveland Cavaliers. They have the best player in the league, LeBron James, and that is enough for almost every analyst to pick them over the scorching Raptors.
Picking the Cavs to win the East this year is hard because they have seemed mediocre for most of the year. They had a 13-game winning streak earlier this year but that was their lone bright spot this year. I can't see them winning a seven-game series against the Raptors.
Most people won't believe it until they actually see it but with how the Cavs are playing this year, they might actually get to see LeBron not make it to the NBA Finals for a change.