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NBA Finals: 5 Reasons This Is The Warriors' Title To Lose

The Boston Celtics will be a tough matchup for the Warriors, but there are reasons to believe the championship has already been settled.

The NBA Finals begin tonight. The Boston Celtics are taking on the Golden State Warriors. Game 1 begins tonight at 9 p.m. (EST) at Chase Center in San Francisco. To see the other start times and how to watch, click here. Both the Celtics and Warriors are the top defenses in the NBA. I'm going to lay out the reasons why the Warriors are going to win this in 6 games.

1. Home Court Advantage

Yes, I know the Celtics beat the Miami Heat in Miami three times in the Eastern Conference Finals. The decibels in Miami don't match the ones in Chase Center. Home court advantage doesn't mean quite as much, historically, in the NBA. I think it gives the Warriors just a small edge in these NBA finals. The Warriors are 9-0 at home this postseason. 

2. Well Rested

The Celtics had to win a grueling 7-game series to get to the NBA finals. The Warriors dispatched the Dallas Mavericks in a gentleman's sweep, 4-1. The only wild card here is whether the Warriors fall into the trap of being rusty. I find this doubtful because of reason number three.

3. Coach Steve Kerr

Don't get it twisted—Coach Ime Udoka is a bonafide coach of the year candidate for the Boston Celtics. He's phenomenal. That said, I believe Steve Kerr has gone underappreciated since the Warriors' title runs a few years ago. Kerr managed a Warriors team that had a laundry list of injuries in the playoffs this season. 

Steph Curry, Klay Thompson, and Draymond Green barely played on the floor together during the regular season. Steve Kerr was forced to coach like never before, and just like Michael Scott said, "somehow I manage." Kerr has been to the NBA Finals as a player and coach so many times. This will be key for the Warriors, as they'll be the calmer and more experienced team on the floor.

4. Warrior's Depth

The starting 5 of Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Draymond Green, Andrew Wiggins, and Kevon Looney have been difficult for all the Western Conference to contend with during the playoffs. This is to say nothing of the up-and-coming Jordan Pool who has been a bonafide stud off the bench for the Warriors. Poole shot 40% from outside the arc in the Western Conference Finals. The Warriors starting five also has some of the best balance they have had in years prior. If Curry is off, Thompson, Wiggins, and Poole have picked up some scoring slack. If Andre Iguodala, Otto Porter Jr., and Gary Payton II can play in the Finals—the depth isn't even close.

5. Stephen Curry

Don't look now, but former MVP Stephen Curry is heating up. Curry had a "down" season from beyond the arc, shooting 38% from three-point range. A 'down season' for Curry is a sharpshooter season for other players, but whatever. During the Western Conference Finals, Curry shot 43% from beyond the arc. It can be argued that the Mavericks didn't have a guard who could keep Curry in check, but ultimately he still had to make the shots, and he did. Look for Curry to have at least three monster games, and the rest of the team will pick him up to lead the Warriors to the 4th, championship-winning game in the series.