NBA Predictions: Will Warriors get best of Cavaliers again? 1/15/18

The Cavs look more like the squad that stumbled to a 5-7 record to begin the year rather than the group the coasted through parts of November and December. Offensively it's a lot of one-on-one, no ball movement. Even if they aren't, the Warriors don't lack their star power.

And while Dwyane Wade might be a Hall of Famer, the truth is that he's a bit role player on a team that desperately needs another superstar to pair with LeBron. Stephen Curry is back and scorching nets. The loss to the Raptors is also the third-straight game in which the Cavs have given up at least 127 points to their opponent.

Here's how well the Warriors are cooking. As is often the case against Golden State, the Cavs are sure to have their hands full in the second half.

Jordan Bell (2) high fives Patrick McCaw (0) after getting fouled on a shot in the first half as the Golden State Warriors played the Denver Nuggets at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif., on Monday, January 8, 2018.

James' eighth turnover of the night led to a Nick Young three soon after, putting Golden State up 113-99 with 3:33 to play. Thomas again mentioned the Cavs "don't practice" - an apparent shot at the organization considering the number of times he's mentioned it over the past several days. Two of those losses occurred last week. Day game in 2017.

The Cavaliers definitely have some questions on both offense and defense that relates to how they plan on stopping the Warriors if they should meet in June.

Who the Public Likes: Golden State. That allowed the Warriors to use a 20-6 run to expand their lead into double-digits to as many as 14 on two occasions.

So, as far as the future of the team goes, they need to get their act together and start to succeed in these primetime games, or possibly be ready to lose their fearless leader. That was not near good enough against the Warriors in the Finals. That means sticking James or Jae Crowder on him at all times.

In the meantime, Thomas continues to struggle to shoot as he works his way back from seven months off due to hip injuries.

Durant in particular seems to be fuelled by proving he is the lone player on the planet who can go toe-to-toe with James, and it's ... just ... awesome.

On the other end, Curry made four three-pointers en route to 23 points on 53 per cent shooting.

Dwight Howard was nine of 12 from the floor to score 21 points with 17 rebounds in a 118-107 road victory for the Charlotte Hornets against the Detroit Pistons.

So many qualities of LeBron James separate him from his peers they are hard to enumerate, but let's start with his durability. As of Monday afternoon, 65 percent of public bets have sided with the visiting Warriors.

  • Julie Sanders