The first "threematch" - rematch of a rematch - in league history.
The predictability doesn't stop with Game 1.
The teams split a pair of regular-season games, with the Cavaliers winning 109-108 at home on Christmas, and the Warriors romping 126-91 in the Bay Area on January 16. Golden State is now a seven-point favorite for Game 1 that will be played at Oracle Arena on June 1. "But in some ways, it nearly has to be the right thing, I guess, because so much is just kind of fluff and stupid, for lack of a better word".
According to the Las Vegas Superbook at the Westgate, Steph Curry and Kevin Durant, at 9/5 odds, are now tied as the most likely players to take home the honors. "So it makes it even more unsafe when you equip that talent, that skill with those guys". So you have to appreciate it. ... He is playing in his seventh straight finals.
Already, the back-and-forth is underway. Golden State hasn't lost a game in the playoffs, while Cleveland dropped one to the Boston Celtics in the Eastern Conference Finals.
Game 6 - Thursday, June 15 Golden State at Cleveland 9 p.m.
Twice with the Miami Heat and a year ago with the Cavs. This means if you bet 100 on Cleveland, you'll win 200, and you need to bet 240 on Golden State to win 100. But there's also a clear respect level between the clubs as well.
Kevin Durant, who signed a two-year, $54.3 million free agent contract last offseason, said his move to join the Warriors has not negatively affected the National Basketball Association and ruined parity in the league. "And they've added an unbelievable player in Kevin Durant this year. We have to be ready for the challenge". James didnt speak to reporters on Saturday either, leaving Love to serve as the teams unofficial spokesman as the sports world inched closer to a matchup that seemed destined from the moment last seasons Finals ended.More news: Envestnet Asset Management Inc. Boosts Stake in Realty Income Corp (O)
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For Durant, this trip ends a five-year wait.
It's insane that this is the first time two teams have played a set of three consecutive NBA Finals.
"It's going to be very challenging", James said.
The site said bookmakers are more generous, with the Cavs given a 30 percent chance. They are 16-0, with the last loss coming in Sacramento on February 4th.
"I'm honored and I'm happy and I'm extremely excited to be a part of The Finals again", he said. Its tough for me to say that is the case. "If and when we get to that point, I want to annihilate them". So it's a little different now, obviously. Theyve been super-impressive. Its kind of in our minds that thats who we were going to see.
The storylines are many. Will the Warriors be haunted by letting last season's 3-1 lead slip away? They're going to challenge our ballclub. How will Cleveland try to contain Curry? Adding a former MVP, and arguably the second-best player in the National Basketball Association, does that for you.
The biggest task awaits.