The NBA Finals have finally arrived, and as expected, it is the Cleveland Cavaliers vs the Golden State Warriors. Both teams rolled through what had been a rather uneventful NBA playoffs so far. Cleveland has only lost one game through their run to the finals, and the Warriors went undefeated. Game one is Thursday night at 7 p.m. on ABC.
As we begin these Finals, the Warriors are the favorites according to the Las Vegas oddsmakers. The Warriors are seven point favorites in game one. According to the experts, the Warriors see Kevin Love as the “weak point” in the Cleveland machine. They intend to force the ball in Love’s direction, and make him beat them, not Kyrie Irving or Lebron James. Of course, this tactic has been tried many times by many different teams, although none of them are nearly as talented as the Warriors are. Cleveland intends to use the same formula they have used the entire playoffs. They manage Lebron James’ minutes before the fourth quarter, and rely on the likes of Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving to keep them in the game. The Cavs will then hope that Lebron James takes over in the fourth quarter. The league and its sponsors hope for a close and exciting Finals. As we have the same two teams for the third year in a row, it would probably take a seven game, “back and forth” series to keep fans glued to their televisions.