NBA Finals Predictions: Warriors Picked to Beat Raptors for Three-peat

The Warriors have been here -- five straight years actually -- but they're entering historic territory. As the NBA Finals begin Thursday, Golden State is attempting to become the first team to three-peat since the Lakers in the early 2000s. 

Accomplishing the feat will be no walk in the park. The Warriors will have to withstand Kawhi Leonard and the Raptors, and Toronto has home-court advantage at Scotiabank Arena. 

But just like Warriors Outsiders Grant Liffmann predicts, the Dubs are expected to win their fourth title in five years. Here's how the experts are drawing it out. 


Toronto should be kind to Tim Bontemps and Andre Snellings. ESPN paneled 21 of their NBA analysts, and only Bontemps and Snellings were brave enough to pick the Raptors. 

For those who chose the Warriors, all but three writers predicted Steph Curry would win his first Finals MVP. The other three writers chose Draymond Green. 


Sorry Toronto. All 10 CBS experts predict the Warriors to three-peat. Only two writers, Brad Botkin and James Herbert expect the series to go seven games. 

"Golden State will only continue to play the beautiful game we saw before Durant's arrival. The Bucks ain't the Warriors, not by a long shot, and this time around Toronto will again be dealing with postseason heartache," Bill Reiter writes.

Sports Illustrated

Just like CBS, all seven of Sports Illustrated's writers are siding with the Warriors

"Someday, Golden State will be beatable. But not today," Chris Mannix writes.

Magic Johnson

The former Lakers president of basketball operations is going with Warriors in six games. 

"They just know how to win," Johnson said Tuesday during NBA on ESPN. "Steve Kerr's the best coach in the series. You got these guys who want to prove something to everybody that they're the best in the world. And they want that three-peat in the worst way." 

Doc Rivers

The Clippers coach knows firsthand how great these Warriors are. He faces them multiple times every year in the Western Conference, and though his team put up a fight, Rivers and the rest of the bunch fell to the Dubs in six games in the first round of the playoffs this season.

"I'm gonna go Golden State if KD is healthy," Rivers said Tuesday during NBA on ESPN. "If not, I'm going to go Toronto in seven." 

[RELATED: Rivers makes lofty comparison between Kawhi and Jordan]

That's one way to appease Kawhi before he becomes a free agent this summer.

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