Having seen off the San Antonio Spurs and the Boston Celtics in their respective Conference Finals, the Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers will meet in the NBA Finals for the third consecutive year, with another fantastic series undoubtedly ahead.
The battle between the unstoppable force, Lebron James, and the superb offence of the Warriors is set to ensure that it is another tight series between the two teams, with Game 1 taking place at the Oracle Arena on Friday morning.
While the rest of the playoffs having been somewhat predictable and boring to a certain extent, the Finals should more than make up for this.
Golden State Warriors vs Cleveland Cavaliers – Oracle Arena – Friday 2nd June – 03:00AM
Despite the fact that these two teams are once again battling it out for the NBA Championship, for the neutral, it promises to be another superb round of games, with both teams coming into Game 1 in some of their best form of the season. With the two previous series’ having ended 4-2 and 4-3, many are predicting another series in which the duo take turns in flexing their muscles on home turf.
Lebron James is making his seventh consecutive trip to the Finals, and having already been crowned as the NBA’s all-time leading playoff points scorer, will aim to lead his team to a second title. However, Golden State will be hoping to cap a remarkable three-year run, having won the 2015 Championship, before following is up with a 73-9 regular season record last year. Two-time NBA MVP Stephen Curry will once again lead the way for the Warriors, alongside Kevin Durant, who could win a first title in his first season in California.
Since last year’s series, Cleveland have added Kyle Korver, Deron Williams and Derrick Williams, however the arrival of Durant at Golden State has undoubtedly been the biggest arrival of the campaign. The former Oklahoma City Thunder man has been one of the Warriors shining lights at the end of the regular season and throughout the playoffs, despite losing the 8x NBA All-Star to a 21-game injury layoff. However, having won 16 more games than the Cavs, it comes as little surprise that it is the Warriors are the favourites for the title.
Elsewhere, the likes of JaVale McGee, Zaza Pachulia, David West and Matt Barnes have added some steel to the Warriors front line, with Mike Brown having stepped up to the plate in the absence of head coach Steve Kerr. The Warriors roster will be hoping to put their team into a winning position after Game 1 in California, with the Cavs looking to cause an upset at the earliest possible opportunity.
Cleveland Cavaliers to win against Golden State Warriors @ 5/2 (SkyBet, Bet365)