Published: Wed, May 30, 2018
Sports | By Phillip Butler

Cavaliers betting long shot against Warriors in NBA Finals

Cavaliers betting long shot against Warriors in NBA Finals

The Golden State Warriors and the Cleveland Cavaliers are set to face off in the NBA Finals yet again, and after both being pushed to the brink in the Conference Finals, they just might be happy to see some familiar faces. Kevin Durant is in Golden State now, Kyrie Irving isn't with the Cavaliers anymore, the benches are very different particularly in Cleveland's case. Much of that has to do with a plethora of top-tier talent, which was on display when the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook released odds for the series MVP.

But James once again had his way with the Raptors as the Wine and Gold eliminated them for the third year running and completed a second consecutive sweep. Despite a lackluster supporting cast, LeBron James is making an eighth consecutive NBA Finals appearance. Cleveland defeated Golden State in Game 3 of the 2016 Finals when Love was sidelined. In Game 6, for instance, Harden drove to the cup a game-high 21 times, according to NBA Advanced Stats.

"We have an opportunity to play for a championship", James told the Associated Press after beating the Boston Celtics in the Eastern Conference finals. There have been just two games in the 2018 National Basketball Association playoffs in which Cleveland has shot 40 percent or better from behind the arc while limiting opponents to 32 percent or less: Game 7 against the Toronto Raptors and Game 3 against the Boston Celtics.

So how insane was it that Houston missed that many threes - many of which were wide open - in a row? And the Rockets might have done it, too, had Chris Paul's hamstring not popped in the final seconds of Game 5 and forced him to the sideline for the rest of the series.

The Warriors advanced to their fourth straight NBA Finals with a 101-92 win Sunday over the Rockets.

"The other Cavs" turned into a punchline this season, something Stephen Curry says he hates. He's seemingly unstoppable in elimination games.

Love was replaced in the starting lineup by veteran Jeff Green, who stepped up and scored 19 points as the Cavs completed their comeback after trailing 2-0 and 3-2 in the series. The Warriors host Game One, and since home teams have been dominating this postseason, they are a double-digit favorite.

"This is a situation we've never been in win a Game 7 on the road, keep our composure for the whole series", Curry said after the game. The Cleveland Cavaliers and LeBron James will visit either the Golden State Warriors or the Houston Rockets in Game 1.

"We approach the series looking to win", Lue said on a conference call with reporters on Tuesday, just prior to the Cavs' departure to Oakland. Even in the 2007 Finals against San Antonio, James and his team were heavily favored to lose and were in fact swept.

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