Fri, May 26, 3:31pm by Head Editor
For the first time in NBA history, the same two teams will meet in the Finals for a third straight year, after the Cleveland Cavaliers blew the Celtics away to setup a mouth-watering clash with the Golden State Warriors.
The good news for neutral fans is that both teams will be well rested, as the first match of the Finals is a full week away. The early market for that match, thanks to Sportsbet, sees the Warriors, who will host the opener, at $1.34 for a first up win, with the reigning champions at $3.42.
LeBron James looked as determined as ever in his side’s 135-102 win over Boston, a match where he broke yet another record. This time, his 35 points saw him surpass the player that’s widely considered the greatest of all-time – Michael Jordan – for the most playoff career points. He’s on the second line of betting to be named Finals MVP at $3.24.
While the Warriors players have had their feet up or been on the golf course since Monday, the news that was released from the Western Conference Champions’ camp, is that head coach Steve Kerr is still not ready to return to the bench.
General manager Bob Myers refused to rule out the 2015 Championship winning coach returning at some stage in the finals, if he is healthy enough to do so.
A man who will be there is star Warriors recruit Kevin Durant, who’ll be playing in his first decider since he led the Thunder to the Finals in 2012, a series they lost to James and the Miami Heat.
Many pundits are predicting him to be the difference that the Warriors need to overcome their conquerors of last season. He’s a $2.73 equal favourite to be crowned Finals MVP, with team-mate Steph Curry
We can only hope that this season’s showpiece is half as good as last year, when the Cavaliers won their very first NBA Championship in a thrilling seven game series.
Kevin Durant (GSW) $2.73
Stephen Curry (GSW) $2.73
LeBron James (CLE) $3.24
Draymond Green (GSW) $7.40
Kyrie Irving (CLE) $12.25
Kevin Love (CLE) $23
Klay Thompson (GSW) $24
Andre Iguodala (GSW) $46
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