I'm a lifelong Golden St Warriors fan, as you might know - a Todd Fuller, Joe Barry Carroll, hey, we got Ralph Sampson Golden St Warriors fan. This is easily the greatest stretch of Warriors basketball - by significant magnitudes the two greatest teams in Golden St history were the last two years and then we get to the 2017 team...
And it's better.
By Simple Rating System, this Warriors team (11.35) ranks as the best GSW team yet and the 4th best in NBA history ('71 Bucks, '96 Bulls, '72 Lakers) it would be a significant upset for them not to win the NBA Title.
Now, that was also true the last two years, at least by the time the Warriors got to the NBA Finals, where they faced a clearly inferior Cavs team. So, were you looking for a precedent, where a team this good lost to a team that was not of this caliber, there's one available. But it's the only one - in NBA history every team with an SRS over 10 either won the title or lost to another team with an SRS over 10 in the playoffs. Until last year.
So - could happen again. But don't bet that way.
Rnd One: Warriors over Blazers
Spurs over Grizzlies
Rockets over Thunder
Jazz over Clips
Semis: Warriors over Jazz
Spurs over Rockets
Western Finals Warriors over Spurs
Rnd One: Celtics over Bulls
Cavs over Pacers
Raptors over Bucks
Wizards over Hawks
Semis: Celtics over Wizards
Raptors over Cavs
Eastern Finals Raptors over Celtics
NBA Finals Warriors over Raptors