(1) Cleveland Cavaliers (57-25)
(2) Toronto Raptors (56-26)
The Eastern Conference Finals gets started tonight, and they have a tough act to follow. Is there any hope that the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Toronto Raptors will provide us with a series as exciting as the one going on in the West? Probably not, but we all love basketball here, so we’re going to watch it anyway.
The Raptors have struggled for consistency all Playoffs long, but they have played well enough to make it out of two Game 7s. Kyle Lowry appears to be emerging from his slump, and Bismack Biyombo is doing a nice job filling in for the injured Jonas Valanciunas. Unfortunately, Valanciunas is still out, at least for the start of this series, and while Biyombo has been playing very well, that’s still a huge blow to the Raptors. DeMar DeRozan also continues to struggle from the field, and the margin for error for this team is going to be significantly lower against the Cavs.
Speaking of the Cavs, they’re undefeated in the Playoffs, and they’re coming off a nice long rest. Everyone’s healthy, and they suddenly can’t miss their three pointers. I just can’t see the Raptors breaking through and winning any of these games. The only teams left that can defeat Cleveland are the two teams battling it out in the West. Toronto’s just too inconsistent and doesn’t have enough firepower to take out the Cavs.
Prediction: Cavaliers (4-0)
That’s right. I’m predicting the Cavs to go into the Finals undefeated. It’ll be nice when they get there and finally face a team that can beat them, but until then, let’s just get this over with.