Darius Garland believes the Cleveland Cavaliers will reach the Eastern Conference finals

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Cleveland Cavaliers All-Star guard Darius Garland has made a bold prediction ahead of the 2022-23 NBA season – that his team will make it as far as the Eastern Conference finals.

The 22-year-old made an appearance on the Varsity House podcast earlier this week and predicted that his Cleveland Cavaliers will reach the Eastern Conference finals in the playoffs next season.

In the 2021-22 campaign, the Cavs bowed out in the play-in tournament after losing to both the Brooklyn Nets and Atlanta Hawks thanks to spirited performances from the likes of Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving, and Trae Young.

Key players Collin Sexton and All-Star Jarrett Allen both missed a large chunk of the season through injury, and the Cavs weren’t able to reach their full potential under 43-year-old head coach J.B. Bickerstaff.

The Cleveland side have undoubtedly one of the most promising young cores in the NBA, featuring 21-year-old Evan Mobley who set the league alight last season as a rookie – with many comparisons drawn between Mobley and all-time great Kevin Durant due to a similar build and style.

Caris LeVert, Lauri Markkanen, Ricky Rubio, and Kevin Love are all valuable rotation players who can offer solid minutes in the playoffs, but it still feels like the Cavs are missing an extra piece to push them to a conference finals appearance.

All will be revealed as the 2022-23 NBA begins in October later this year, with a handful of teams throughout the league playing with a chip on their shoulder and a point to prove in the playoffs when the lights are brightest.

Joe Lyons is a sports betting writer with years of experience on reputable sports and gambling websites SportsLens, The Sports Daily and Business2Community. Joe has also been published by Nottingham Forest FC, working with the academy and senior teams to produce content on matchdays. He formerly covered the Premier League and EFL as an on-site reporter during the 2020/21 season for Prost International. He is an expert in a range of sports including soccer, basketball, darts and American football. Joe specialises in long form SEO content alongside news, tips and betting. His sports betting work can be found on SportsLens and The Sports Daily. Joe has a keen eye for the sports betting industry in the USA which covers the NBA and NFL, tracking and analysing the market as it changes throughout the season.

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