2024 NBA Finals Predictions

June 4th, 2024

by Alan Lu

Superstar forwards Jayson Tatum and Luka Doncic will lead the Boston Celtics and Dallas Mavericks respectively, as they will face off against each other in the 2024 NBA Finals.
(Photo: Getty Images, via Sporting News)

We’re almost reaching the conclusion of who would be the crowned the champ this year, and the NBA Finals is just around the corner. In my conference finals predictions, I went 1-1, so after going 6-2 in the first round and 2-2 in the second round, that puts me at 9-5 in predicting each series in the playoffs.

I was able to get the Boston pick right, but I got the Western Conference Finals pick wrong. So without further ado, I will jot down my thoughts on make a pick at the end of this article. For some reason, I keep picking against Dallas, but the Mavericks keep winning due to the greatness and brilliance of Luka Doncic and Kyrie Irving, as well as that their defense is significantly better this year than in previous years. Derrick Jones Jr. has been a very good defensive player this year, and Dereck Lively II has been an impact rookie center and rim protector, as he and Daniel Gafford have helped transform Dallas’ defense. Also, PJ Washington has been a revelation in the playoffs. The Mavericks just keep winning, as they’ve defeated the Clippers, the Thunder, and the Timberwolves, all in one postseason, which makes their run all the more impressive.

On the other hand, Boston has been favored to win to start the season, and their combination of talent, depth, and roster balance led by their superstar forward duo of Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown has enabled them to run the table in the East. It also helps that they have a dynamic center Kristaps Porzingis when healthy, and a tremendous defensive duo of Jrue Holiday and Derrick White in the backcourt. Al Horford has been a steady, reliable veteran presence, as he has excelled in his role for Boston.

While their road has been fairly easy, Boston on paper just looks like they should be the better team. The Celtics have five players have made an All-Star team at one point in their careers. On the other hand, it’s hard to deny that Doncic and Kyrie have been tremendous and dominant in the postseason, and they’ve ensured that no one in the West could guard them this year. Not Kawhi, not Rudy Gobert, nobody. Luka Doncic has been the singular, most dominant player in the 2024 postseason, and that alone makes it a compelling case to pick Dallas. On the other hand, the versatility, and the two-way abilities of Tatum and Brown combined with Boston having a wealth of scoring options and switchable players on the defensive end, combined with the Celtics having the homecourt advantage also makes it a compelling case to pick Boston. In any case, if Boston wins it all, my pick for the Finals MVP would be Jayson Tatum, and if Dallas wins it all, then my pick for Finals MVP would be Luka Doncic.

So the question remains, will Boston’s depth, defense, versatility, and overall roster balance shine through, or are depth and defense just not as important as it seems to be, and should a greater emphasis be placed on the star power that can take over games and lead the way? It’s tough to know for sure. It’s really a coin flip. But I feel like at some point, a team should be rewarded for building a strong team top to bottom, and with the bevy of options at their disposal on both ends of the floor, I think I’m going to pick the Boston Celtics to win the title this year, but it’s going to be very close.

2024 NBA Finals Predictions:

(1) Boston Celtics over (5) Dallas Mavericks in 7

Anyways, time will tell to see how the 2024 NBA Finals will go, and it will be exciting to watch the games in real time as it happens. The 2024 NBA Finals will begin on Thursday, June 6th. Thanks for reading.

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