As badly as the Cleveland Cavaliers have played basketball since that Christmas Day loss to the Warriors, Las Vegas still has odds that say LeBron’s squad is 2.5 times as likely to win the NBA Finals as the Boston Celtics or Toronto Raptors.
This is fairly staggering when you consider how badly the Cavaliers have struggled against the top teams in each conference, the Cavs having the oldest roster in the NBA, and the fact that LeBron may be leaving via free agency in five months.
We’ll find out more about the Cavs in February, when they play vs Houston, vs Minnesota, at Boston, at Oklahoma City vs Washington and vs San Antonio. If they can get a split there, I’ll be impressed. A 1-5 stretch wouldn’t shock me.
I actually think the Celtics would give the Warriors more problems in the Finals than the Cavaliers. Boston plays defense. Cleveland doesn’t.