NBA Finals 2018: Odds, predictions for latest edition of Cavs vs. Warriors

Hope Soto
June 1, 2018

The Cavs play game 1 of the NBA Finals Thursday night against a familiar foe - The Golden State Warriors.

How did LeBron James' 2016 NBA Finals MVP run stack statistically against Kevin Durant's 2017 NBA Finals MVP performance?

Like Jordan, James was a high-leaping, acrobatic, unbelievable playmaker in his younger days who has adjusted his game to remain unsafe and raise the level of his teammates.

"They've got four Hall of Famers on their team", James said of Durant, Draymond Green, Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson. "Every time you play in the Finals it's special". But the next time Curry goes on one of his third-quarter flurries and effectively shoots a team off the floor, remember that his skillset is one the National Basketball Association has never seen on such a high-volume level, and may not see again for a very long time. He has 1,247 points and needs 71 to pass Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (1,317) and move behind only Jerry West (1,679).

But the Cavs, while weaker as a unit, boast the league's best player in James - who has been on fire throughout the post-season. I think they get stops, they get out in transition. You've got two players who dominated their eras.

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Cleveland's only path to victory requires the Cavaliers to play a slow brand of basketball that features a whole lot of LeBron driving while shooters space the floor around him.

"Tristan Thompson, we'll see if Kevin Love is fit". Ironically, the Sixers won that game. "Eight straight finals is really good". Curry totaled 13 points in the other three quarters.

Beyond the fact that some people may just be bored with this seemingly annual event, there is the larger question of whether the Cavaliers can muster enough from King James' court to create any true competitive drama.

"Our talent took over", Warriors coach Steve Kerr told reporters after winning the Western Conference finals. "But it doesn't make or break my career or whatever you want to say looking back". "It's a testament to his work ethic and to his work on his skillset".

It's the first time ever in NBA Finals history that two teams square off for the league championship in four consecutive years. J.R. Smith, after having a horrid postseason previously, came alive a bit in his last few games as well. Eight straight times. The fact he's doing that in the modern era is pretty remarkable. "Once he gives it up, try not to let him get it back. He's a once-in-a-generation type player".

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