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Warriors or Celtics? On the other side of the Atlantic, too, the debate is raging

Because it’s not just the TrashTalk newsroom that’s being severely debated as to who will win the ring between the Warriors and the Celtics, it’s decided to go see the opinions of the major American sports media. And guess what? It’s rather shared.

Every year, there are lively debates about everyone’s pronouns for the Playoffs. These discussions always represent great moments and make us wait for the little time we have left before the final series of this 2021-22 season begins. You know, here we take to the game with pleasure and we are far from the only ones. The big American sports media too, and it’s always interesting to have their feelings on this upcoming beautiful finale. So we did our little research by going around the big US sites, from The Athletic to ESPN going through Sports Illustrated. And as expected, no one agrees!

The only thing that stands out at first is that the series looks tense and tight. In the majority of cases, US analysts expect watch a fierce fight, a long series in 6 or 7 games. For the rest of the commonalities between the opponents, the journalists see in this final the confrontation of two big teams, well coached and who reach the final thanks to quite impressive dynamics. For the rest, they are very divided between the two teams and decide according to certain elements : Celtics’ youth versus Warriors experience . But let’s get back to the heart of the matter by taking a closer look at the predictions given.

Chez The Athletic, We are offered two prediction articles: an article by the media journalists in question et a paper presenting the views of three anonymous actors in the League (a scout, a coach and leader). In his article, Anthony Slater gives the Warriors a slight advantage, which he sees win in 7 games, especially for the difference in recovery between the two teams and the Golden State field advantage. The opinion of the anonymous NBA players is different, since only the interviewed leader sees Golden State go through 7 innings. Unlike the scout and the coach, who predict rather a Boston victory in 6 highlighting the versatility of the green roster that opens up different tactical options or advantageous defensive match-ups in favor of the Celtics.

On the side ofESPNwe chose to focus on clarity and efficiency: a good paper in which the pronouncements of 20 NBA experts are balanced, with the score of the series but also the MVP of the Finals. There, it’s much clearer sincethey are no less than 15 to see a final victory for the Californians, compared to 5 for Boston. Also note that out of these 15 predictions in favor of the Bay guys, 13 see Stephen Curry finally lift his first MVP trophy in the Finals. Among the channel’s columnists, too, everyone goes with their crystal ball. In recent hours, for example, it has been the case of Kendrick Perkins, Amar’e Stoudemire, and the famous analyst Stephen A. Smith. Both former players give Boston a small advantage, who would go on to claim his 18th title. In front of them, Smith instead sees the Splash Brothers forcing the decision at home on a game 7 to fetch a fourth banner in eight seasons.

Finally, Sports Illustrated offers us an article of another kind, for bettors and based on team statistics. Despite the odds of bookmakers who may suggest otherwise, the conclusion of this article ultimately gives the Boston Celtics the advantage. Despite one lack of experience, YES highlights the C’s difficult match-up for Golden State. Their ability to slow down the Dubs’ fire attack (especially 3-point) is highlighted, while having plenty of options on their attacking side, with a probable dominance of the paint.

In short, you understand, opinions are multiplying and there is something to drink and eat in all these predictions. We are now looking forward to Game 1 to strengthen our pronouns, or at least have a first glimpse of what this tense series will offer us.

Sources: The Athletic, ESPN, Sports Illustrated

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