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The Best Possible Reason To Not Bet On Golden State In The NBA Finals

The man who gets everything wrong

Boston Celtics v Golden State Warriors
SAN FRANCISCO, CA - FEBRUARY 2: Stephen Curry #30 of the Golden State Warriors and Jayson Tatum #0 of the Boston Celtics look on during the game on February 2, 2021 at Chase Center in San Francisco, California.
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Boston and Golden State start the NBA Finals on Thursday night and while it’s not our place to tell you who to bet on - we’d tell you it’s a bad idea frankly - but if we did, we would tell you to bet it all on the Celtics.

Why?

Because Skip Bayless, who gets most everything wrong, said this: “Klay Thompson will be better than [former Duke star] Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown in the NBA Finals.”

If someone else had said it, we’d say well, you could be right. But Bayless? His track record for being wrong is so awesome that you have an excellent chance of getting it right just by betting against him.

He is correct that Golden State is favored but a more subtle mind would have thought about this: what about Marcus Smart?

A superb defender, Smart is capable of taking anyone out of the game. At a minimum, he can slow Thompson down a bit. Thompson is averaging 19.8 ppg in the playoffs. If Smart could supress that just a bit, it could be a huge factor.

That’s assuming that he doesn’t guard Steph Curry. Either way, if Smart can take a bit off of Golden State’s bottom line, it’ll really help Boston.

But think about the other Golden State starters: Jordan Poole, Andrew Wiggins and Draymond Green.

The Celtics, a very good defensive team, have a chance to really limit those three.

People like Bayless focus on the offense and the Splash Brothers are spectacular. But defense is really key the deeper you get in the playoffs. For all the talk about Golden State’s offense, people rarely discuss their defense. It’s not bad, particularly in the case of Green, but it’s not as good as Boston’s is.