Hi everyone I am back with my NBA Finals predictions, I was 1 of 2 on my Conference Finals Predictions. I thought that it would be a Memphis Grizzlies vs. Miami Heat championship, however, it turned out to be a San Antonio Spurs vs. Miami Heat championship. So, here are my NBA Finals predictions.
The NBA Finals include the Western Conference Champion San Antonio Spurs facing the Eastern Conference Champion Miami Heat. I think the Spurs will take it in 6 games and Tim Duncan and Gregg Popovich will win their 5th title together. There are various reasons why I think this will happen. The first reason can be traced back to the 2007 NBA Finals when the Cavaliers and Spurs faced off against each other in the NBA Finals. LeBron was on the Cavaliers at the time and the Spurs had Parker, Ginobili, and Duncan just like they do now. The Cavaliers got swept by the Spurs and the Spurs had won their 4th title. Now LeBron is in Miami with more help, but I do not think that the older Dwyane Wade, who is now past his prime, and Chris Bosh, who has played poorly throughout these playoffs, are going to be much help for the Spurs.
My second reason is based on the player-to-player matchups. Here they are:
Starting Point Guards: Tony Parker vs. Mario Chalmers.
I think this is an obvious decision.
In my opinion, Tony Parker will make Chalmers look like he is just another player, which he is to me. Anyway, Parker will make him look like he has never played basketball before. Tony Parker wins, point San Antonio.
Starting Shooting Guards: Danny Green vs. Dwyane Wade.
Dwyane Wade wins, point Miami. Enough said about that matchup.
Starting Small Forwards: Kawhi Leonard vs. LeBron James.
LeBron obviously wins this matchup, but I think Kawhi Leonard will defend him well and get his point average down 3 or 4 points. Still, LeBron will dominate here. LeBron wins, point Miami.
Starting Power Forwards: Tiago Splitter vs. Udonis Haslem.
I think that the way that Splitter and Haslem have played throughout the playoffs is phenomenal. Both players have been huge parts of their team, and without them, I don’t think either team would not be where they are right now. I just think that Splitter is a bit better than Haslem, because of his ability to rebound the ball and put it back up and in the basket. Splitter wins, point San Antonio.
Starting Centers: Tim Duncan vs. Chris Bosh.
The way Chris Bosh has played during the post season, this has become an easy win for Tim Duncan. Tim Duncan wins, point San Antonio.
Bench vs. Bench
Lastly, the benches are close but ultimately my vote goes to San Antonio because of Manu Ginobili being on their bench.
So my matchups tally up as 4-2, San Antonio.
My bet is on San Antonio Spurs defeating Miami in six games to win the 2013 NBA Finals in 6 games. Of course, I wish I was writing this and comparing the Knicks versus another team but it wasn’t in the cards for the Knicks this year. But there is always next year!!!
As far as this season, who do you think will win, Spurs or Heat? Who do you want to win? Why?
Anyway, thanks for reading and please comment and let me know!
My name is Mike V. I am an enormous basketball fan. I also am a die-hard Knicks fan. After graduating 5th grade, I started writing this blog at the age of 10 in the summer of 2012.