NBA Finals 2016/17

The Championship Series for the seasonal NBA competition is known as the NBA Finals and pits the Western and Eastern NBA Conference Champions against each other for the title in the final round of the NBA Playoffs.

The NBA Playoffs feature eight teams from each conference made up of the three division winners and the next best NBA team from each conference based on their season record.

NBA Playoffs results decide the two NBA Conferences winners.

The final round of the NBA Playoffs – run under a tournament format – is the NBA Finals that are held annually in June.

The NBA Finals series is a best-of-seven game structure and the first team to win four games take out the NBA League Championship. The successful squad are also awarded the Larry O’Brien Championship Trophy.

Seasonal pro-American basketball champions have been decided since 1947, but the series format has undergone a few changes over the years and the official NBA Finals title was officially decided upon in 1986.

NBA Finals betting

The Boston Celtics hold the record for most NBA Finals won (16).

2016/17 NBA Finals Series

  • 2017 NBA Champions: Golden State Warriors
  • Series Score: 4-1
  • MVP: Kevin Durant (Golden State Warriors)
  • Season: 71st
  • Dates: June 1 – 18, 2017
  • Teams: Golden State Warriors v Cleveland Cavaliers

The 2016/17 NBA Playoffs saw Cleveland come away with the Eastern Conference title after beating Boston in a 4 – 1 series win and Golden State salute 4 – 0 during their Conference Finals victory over San Antonio to take out the Western Conference title.

The 2016/17 NBA Finals teams fighting it out for the Championship were the Cleveland and Golden State. The Warriors made their third straight NBA Finals appearance and were coached by Steve Kerr. They were clear favourites to beat the Tyronn Lue-coached Cavaliers and didn’t disappoint with a 4-1 win over the 5 Finals Games played.

2017 NBA FINALS SCHEDULE & RESULTS

Game 1: June 2, 2017 (AEST)

Cleveland Cavaliers (91) vs. Golden State Warriors (113) 

Oracle Arena, Oakland, California

Attendance: 19,596

Scoring by quarter: 30-35, 22-25, 20-33, 19-20

Golden State have firmed in the NBA Championship odds to $1.17 after beating the Cavaliers 113 – 91 to lead the Finals series 1 – 0 in an inspired first showdown led by Kevin Durant who scored 38 points to Le Bron James’ 28 for Cleveland.

Game 2: June 5, 2017 (AEST)

Cleveland Cavaliers (113)  vs. Golden State Warriors (132)

Oracle Arena, Oakland, California

Attendance: 19,596

Scoring by quarter: 34-40, 30-27, 24-35, 25-30

The Warriors are red hot favourites in the 2017 NBA Championship betting markets firming to $1.08 after making it two-from-two during the Finals Series with a dominant 132 – 113 victory over the Cavaliers. Their NBA playoff history is now 14 – 0, the 14 game winning streak the most consecutive wins in post-season NBA history. They dominated in all but the second quarter, and also made the history books setting a NBA Finals record of 18 three-pointers. It was also the first game in three decades of NBA Finals history where two opposing players each had a triple double.

Game 3: June 8, 2017 (AEST)

Golden State Warriors (118) vs Cleveland Cavaliers (113)

Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland, Ohio

Attendance: 20,562

Scoring by quarter: 39-32, 28-29, 22-33, 29-19

In the tightest game of the series so far, Golden State went out to a 3-0 NBA Finals series lead after defeating the Cavs in the third. Their record postseason winning streak continued too with 15 straight victories. The won the first quarter thanks to an NBA Finals record of nine three-pointers, and a dozen three-pointers. The next two quarters went to Cleveland, but the Warriors snapped up the win in the last with a 29 – 19 success despite the Cavaliers leading 113-107 with three minutes left in the fourth quarter.

Game 4: June 10, 2017 (AEST)

Golden State Warriors (116) vs. Cleveland Cavaliers (137)

Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland, Ohio

Attendance: 20,562

Scoring by quarter: 33-49, 35-37, 28-29, 20-22

Cleveland have kept the 2017 NBA Finals series alive with Game 5 now set to take place, fighting back after losing the opening three games of the series to defeat Golden State in all four quarters of game four. With the upset win, the Cavaliers also ended the perfect NBA playoffs series quest for the Warriors and set a host of their own NBA records in the process including opening the game with the highest-scoring quarter and half ever. They become the first NBA team since the Seattle SuperSonics back in 1996 to force a fifth game after trailing 3 – 0.

Game 5: June 13, 2017 (AEST)

Cleveland Cavaliers  (120) vs. Golden State Warriors (129)

Oracle Arena, Oakland, California

Attendance: 19,596

Scoring by quarter: 37-33, 23-38, 33-27, 27-31

Golden State secured the 2017 NBA Championship title taking out the Finals Series 4-1 with their 129 – 120 Game 5 victory over the Cavaliers. The Warriors now hold the best postseason NBA record for winning percentage (.941) having lost just one of their 17 postseason games. It was the first time since the A’s defeated the LA Dodgers in Game 5 of the 1974 World Series that a team from the Bay Area won a championship in their home city.

NBA Finals Betting

NBA Finals betting is open all year round via the NBA Championship Winner markets.

The most popular NBA Finals odds are head-to-head markets for each match, plus line and total points betting.

NBA Finals History

  • From 1946 – 1983 the NBA Championship Winners received the Walter A. Brown Trophy
  • From 1985 – 2013 the NBA Finals used a 2-3-2 game format – home court advantage to the team with the better NBA regular season record
  • During that time teams with home-court advantage dominate the NBA Finals results 21 – 8
  • Prior to 1985 and for one year in 2014 the NBA Championship Finals Series followed the 2-2-1-1-1 format

NBA Finals – Known As

  • BAA Finals (1947 – 1949)
  • NBA World Championship Series (1950 – 1982; 1985)
  • Showdown 83 (1983)
  • Showdown 84 (1984)
  • NBA Finals (1986 – present)

The Minneapolis Lakers dominated the early years of the NBA Finals with five championship victories in six years from 1949 – 1954 with their team headlined by NBA great George Mikan.

During 13 seasons (1956/57 – 1968/69) the Boston Celtics were the NBA team to beat with an 11 -1 domination of the NBA Finals results, including eight straight victories from 1959-66. As such the years from 1957-69 have been donned the “Celtics Dynasty”. This period in NBA history also saw the rise to fame of the legendary Bill Russell who, as a player, enjoyed 11 NBA Championship wins and was awarded the NBA Most Valuable Player five times.

The 1980s were best known in NBA Finals history for the fierce rivalry between the Lakers led by Magic Johnson and the Celtics whose line-up included now NBA President of the Indiana Pacers Larry Bird.

Michael Jordan will forever be one of the most recognised names in basketball and he led the Chicago Bulls’ domination in NBA Finals during the 1990s. After the “Rule of the Bulls” as the era has been dubbed that also featured the infamous Scottie Pippen and Dennis Rodman, the Lakers and Spurs’ were the next to stop winning a combined 11 of the 12 Western Conference NBA titles and nine NBA Championships from 1999-2010.

NBA Finals these days are all about LeBron James who, up to 2015/16, has won three NBA Finals series. James currently plays for the Cleveland Cavaliers who he has been with since 2014 and who won their first ever NBA Championship in franchise history thanks to his leadership in 2016.

NBA Finals Records

Team NBA Finals Records

  • Most Finals Appearances: 31 – Minneapolis / Los Angeles Lakers
  • Most Finals Wins: 17 – Boston Celtics
  • Most Common Rivalry: 12 times – Boston Celtics (9) vs. Los Angeles Lakers (3)

 

Player NBA Finals Records

  • Most Years Played in Finals: Bill Russell (12)
  • Most Finals Games Played: Bill Russell (7)
  • Most Finals Points in Career: Jerry West (1,679)

Recent NBA League Championship Winners

Year Champions Runners-Up Series Score
2017/18 TBD TBD TBD
2016/17 GOLDEN STATE WARRIORS CLEVELAND CAVALIERS 4-1
2015/2016 CLEVELAND CAVALIERS GOLDEN STATE WARRIORS 4-3
2014/2015 GOLDEN STATE WARRIORS CLEVELAND CAVALIERS 4-2
2013/2014 SAN ANTONIO SPURS MIAMI HEAT 4-1
2012/2013 MIAMI HEAT SAN ANTONIO SPURS 4-3
2011/2012 MIAMI HEAT OKLAHOMA CITY THUNDER 4-1
2010/2011 DALLAS MAVERICKS MIAMI HEAT 4-2
2009/2010 LOS ANGELES LAKERS BOSTON CELTICS 4-3
2008/2009 LOS ANGELES LAKERS ORLANDO MAGIC 4-1
2007/2008 BOSTON CELTICS LOS ANGELES LAKERS 4-2
2006/2007 SAN ANTONIO SPURS CLEVELAND CAVALIERS 4-0
2005/2006 MIAMI HEAT DALLAS MAVERICKS 4-2