Warriors strongly favored in Las Vegas over Cavs for NBA Finals

Jordan's six National Basketball Association titles are twice as many as James's three - two of them won with the Miami Heat before he returned to Cleveland with the avowed aim of bringing a championship to his home state of Ohio.

While there have been 14 rematches in NBA Finals history, this year's meeting between LeBron James' Cleveland Cavaliers and Stephen Curry's Golden State Warriors will be the first trilogy in league history.

While Golden State has coasted through the 2017 National Basketball Association playoffs thus far, its toughest task awaits in LeBron James and Co. It's one more team that you probably would've thought would've been a contender.

Probably the most entertaining, thrilling and balanced game of this series so far, resulted in the Cavaliers taking a decisive 3-1 lead over the #1 seed; The Boston Celtics.

And once again, LeBron James' team will be the underdog.

"The comparison of always trying to compare people, either living or still playing or not playing - I think it's great for barbershops". The Celtics used their third different starting lineup in four games against Cleveland.

James said at a summer basketball camp previous year that he found motivation in "this ghost I'm chasing - the ghost played in Chicago".

The Cavs shot 59.5 percent for the game, tying their franchise record for best postseason shooting performance.

"We're definitely disappointed. I felt like if we weren't, it would be a problem", Bradley said. "He does owe me $100 and since he got his new deal hopefully he can afford to pay me now", Brown said Saturday post-practice.

The Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook installed Golden State as a minus-260 favorite, with Cleveland at plus-220, meaning a $100 bet on the Warriors would win $38.46 and the same bet on the Cavaliers would win $220, according to ESPN. Watch out Golden State, the Cavs' Big 3 is brimming. Whether it's the individual exploits of James; Irving and Love reminding us of why they are All Star material; or Tristan Thompson stepping up with double-digit points contributions when called upon, Cleveland is the ultimate switch-flipping side. Irving was able to stay on the floor and finish the game, scoring a career playoff-high 42 points.

Led by its Big Three, Cleveland quickly built a 21-point lead in the first quarter, while getting lots of contributions from their teammates.

"I've twisted my ankle so many times on plays like that", Irving said.

"It made me look back to see how fast everything can be taken away from me", Thomas said.

The 5-foot-8 point guard said he wants to play until he's 40, and he'd like to do it in Boston.

  • Julie Sanders