Well, we ended up with the matchup most expected and wanted, Cleveland / Golden State. It wasn't without some drama, however, as the Warriors had to scramble back from down 3-1 and the Cavaliers found themselves tied 2-2 with the Raptors at one point.
For the finals, I've made a little adjustment to the Formulated Spread Indicator (FSI). Since SRS isn't applicable in the playoffs, I've substituted Pythagorean W/L differential for this category. This is simply a calculation of expected wins and losses based on points scored and allowed. Recent performance and home court ratings and calculations will remain as is.
Game 1 FSI table below:
|9:00pm||Cleveland +6||Golden State -6|
|Recent Perfomance (overall record)||+1||+3|
|Pythagorean W/L differential (playoffs)||+10 (+9.8)||+7 (+6.8)|
|Pick (units)||CLE +6 (4 units)||-------|