The NBA Playoffs have already been packed full of action and excitement, but they will reach their crescendo when the 2016 NBA Finals begin on Thursday.
We are set for a very exciting finals rematch between the Golden State Warriors and the Cleveland Cavaliers and if the Conference Finals are anything to go by, we are in for seven games of very entertaining basketball.
Can The Golden State Warriors capture back-to-back NBA Championships or will the Cavaliers finally deliver long-suffering Cleveland sports fans a Championships?
How They Got There
The Golden State Warriors certainly didn’t suffer a championship hangover and they finished the regular season with a record-breaking record of 73-9 to easily finish on top of the Western Conference.
The Warriors lost one game apiece against the Houston Rockets and Portland Trail Blazers in the first two round of the playoffs before they were forced to come back from 3 games to 1 down against the Oklahoma City Thunder in the Conference Finals.
The Cleveland Cavaliers season was not short on drama – they fired head coach David Blatt in the middle of the season – but they were still able to finish on top of the Eastern Conference with a record of 57-25.
The Cavaliers easily dispatched the Detroit Pistons and Atlanta Hawks without losing a single game and they faced a tougher challenge against the Toronto Raptors, but they were still able to progress to another NBA Finals.
The Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers met on two occasions during the 2015/2016 NBA season.
The two sides did battle in a marquee battle on Christmas Evening and the Warriors scored a fighting six points win before they destroyed the Cavaliers in their most recent game at Cleveland in January.
The Warriors have now won the past five games played between the two sides as well as 13 of their past 17 meetings.
The Cleveland Cavaliers have played some outstanding basketball during the NBA Playoffs to date and they have had the advantage of several days break between games.
Lebron James has been in outstanding form during the NBA Playoffs, but it is Channing Frye that could be the difference maker against Golden State as his three point shooting ability has significantly improved the scoring capabilities of his side.
In saying that, the competition that the Cavaliers have faced in the NBA Playoffs to date has not been anywhere near as strong as that in the Western Conference and the Warriors are a completely different challenge.
The Warriors showed that they are not unbeatable during the Western Conference Finals, but they were still able to beat a Oklahoma City Thunder side that was firing on all cylinders.
Golden State have an incredible self-belief that allow them to comeback in games when all looks lost and if Steph Curry or Klay Thompson are shooting well, they can’t be beaten.
Golden State are currently available at $1.46 to win the NBA Championship for the second year in a row and I think that there is a legitimate edge in that price as I have them marked closer to the $1.33 mark.
I just can’t see the Cavaliers being able to outscore a firing Warriors side and it would not surprise me if this series was not as close as last year, with Golden State more than capable of winning in less than six games.
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