Early odds favor the Warriors over the Cavs in NBA Finals

Early odds favor the Warriors over the Cavs in NBA Finals

Early odds favor the Warriors over the Cavs in NBA Finals

The Cleveland Cavaliers enter the 2018 NBA Finals against the Golden State Warriors as heavy underdogs, but may have some added motivation entering the series that gets underway on Thursday night.

Injury Report: Andre Iguodala (knee) missed the last three games of the conference finals with injury and is seeking a second opinion; Kevin Love (concussion) missed Game 7 of the conference finals.

Though Green has played well for the Cavs, coach Lue noted that Love would start against the Warriors if he clears protocol.

During the 2018 postseason, Love is averaging 13.9 points on 38.8 percent shooting, 10.0 rebounds and 1.6 assists per game.

Las Vegas bookmakers don't like the chances of LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers as they get set to take on the Golden State Warriors in the NBA Finals for the fourth consecutive season. Nearly everyone is picking the Warriors to win, and before Game 1, enough people tweeted the specific prediction that Golden State will take it in five games, that "Warriors in 5" was trending.

Needing not only all their firepower but also 27 straight misses by the Rockets during an epic cold streak from 3-point range, the Warriors rallied to keep alive their hopes for a repeat. "We shuffled in different lineups, we shuffled in different players, we made a trade at the deadline, and I can't sit here right now and say that the Finals was a part of my thinking". That will be the focus of our series keys - of course, with the focus still being on Golden State. "It being one of the worst losses, got to kind of put it behind you now".

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James went on to note that he felt like the "odds were against" the Cavaliers from the summer. The call had initially been a charge on 2017 Finals MVP Durant and James protested the change.

"He has very, very quick hands", James said.

If the Warriors go on their patented third quarter runs like they did against the Rockets then not even the hottest LeBron James would be able to counter that punch.

"The key is going to be slowing them down, contesting as many shots as we can and rebounding". "It's truly fun to know when I'm done playing the game of basketball, to know I've played against some of the greatest teams that have ever been assembled - and this is one of them".

Nance brings a defensive motor and plays hard all the time. "We've got our key people in coach D'Antoni, Tilman, James [Harden] and Chris".

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