NBA Finals odds: Warriors big favorites over Cavs

But allow me to play devil's advocate for a moment, because while - when you boil it down - the Warriors are a far superior team, there are some factors in this series that could make these Finals interesting.

Klay Thompson and the Golden State Warriors will meet the Cleveland Cavaliers for the fourth consecutive year in the NBA Finals. He also helped the Cavaliers reach The Finals in 2017, before falling to Golden State, 4-1.

"For me as a competitor, it's fun", James said.

If the Cavaliers win this championship, it might be time to declare the regular season irrelevant. "Hopefully, I can continue it in this Finals also". And it isn't just because he is averaging a team-best 29.0 points in this postseason, along with 7.1 rebounds for the Warriors.

"Like you said, the first 50 games were a roller coaster, but to get the opportunity to be in this environment, this magnitude is something that I can't believe that happened".

Durant was asked whether or not the lack of parity is good for the National Basketball Association as a whole at his media appearance on Wednesday. "But I've been available for my teammates and been a leader to my teammates all year, and I've put in the work".

LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers blocks a dunk by Terry Rozier #12 of the Boston Celtics in the second half during Game Seven of the 2018 NBA Eastern Conference Finals at TD Garden on May 27, 2018 in Boston, Massachusetts.

For example, Pluto says the Houston Rockets were up 3-2 over Golden State in the Western Conference Finals. Such a system has logistical problems related to cross-country travel, and it would make for some odd matchups in the early rounds, but in an era where James seems to be able to take a half-dozen random fellows and win the East, one can see the merit of it.

Cleveland opened as a +650 underdog in the series but this is nothing new for LeBron, as he has now been an underdog in seven of his nine Finals appearances. "We had a workout before we left Cleveland". You've seen that throughout the course of the playoffs this year and you've seen it the last three years, that those guys are up for the challenge. Got some more treatment, ate dinner. But only because I went for the first fake.

The Warriors held out hope Iguodala would return for Game 2 on Sunday. In 2015, James earned four of the 11 votes for Finals MVP despite the Cavs losing in six games. Cleveland completed an epic comeback from a 3-1 series deficit to snatch the title in 2016.

Iguodala's status remains up in the air, and it seems unlikely he'll play in the first couple games of the NBA Finals.

What does he have in store for 2018? "Who's your favorite player?' Professional sports and the word 'fair" don't belong together".

Paul was fine letting Harden be the primary offensive weapon while he took care of the defensive responsibilities.

"I've tried to put this franchise at a level that is always seen in a positive light", James said. "So everything else is OK". "It's nearly a day to prepare this time", he said. "If I'm fortunate, I can suit up for - what is it, [107]?"

"Being hunted is different than hunting, and we've been in that role for a long time", Warriors GM Bob Myers told ESPN.