We’d be lying if we said that this isn’t one of our favorite times of the year; the NBA Playoffs kick off on April 14, and our hometown Warriors will once again be making an appearance. We’re proud here at Concord Kia to be affiliated with an official sponsor of the Dubs, and we’re excited to see if they can make a fourth straight appearance in the Finals. We’ve taken it upon us to get #DubsNation ready for another run, so we’ve put together Five Reasons the Golden State Warriors will win the 2018 NBA Finals; get ready!
Prior Playoff Experience
Ever since the 2014 playoffs, we’ve become accustomed to seeing the Warriors pick up steam and make their charge at just the right time. In fact, last year, their 16-1 run to a championship set an NBA record for the least amount of games played to win it all. With a deep roster with plenty of experience in big moments, there’s no reason to believe that they couldn’t do it again this time around.
Best Backcourt in Basketball
There will be a bit of time before Steph Curry is able to make it back from injury, but there’s no denying that when you put him and Klay Thompson in the same backcourt together, the results are lethal. The Splash Brothers are deadly from three-point range which, in and of itself, is enough to keep Golden State in most games.
Home Court Advantage
Though their playoff fate has just about been sealed as the second overall seed in the Western Conference, the road to the Finals still goes through Oakland. More importantly, Oracle Arena is one of the most electric atmospheres in the Association, making it tough for any team to come inside and play well, much less win.
Though KD is sometimes considered a traitor for his unceremonious departure from Oklahoma City in the summer of 2017, the intangibles of his game can’t be understated. He’s one of the best scorers in the NBA, and a player that can change a game just with his style alone. That’s enough to keep most opposing coaches up all night, searching for an answer.
In recent years the NBA has undergone a shift towards scoring-oriented game plans, but the defense is still what wins championships. In Draymond Green – the reigning NBA Defensive Player of the Year – and Zaza Pachulia, the Warriors have an imposing presence for big men. Forcing contested shots and bad passes is always key to victory, especially when the stakes are high.