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The market has gone through a change it hasn’t seen all year – Steve Kerr’s Golden State Warriors are no longer favourites to win the NBA championship for the second straight season. Instead, King LeBron James’ Cleveland Cavaliers have assumed title favouritism. On Wednesday morning the Cavs were $2.30 compared to the Warriors’ $2.50 in the futures race.

On Tuesday though, it was the Toronoto Raptors that were the talking point of the NBA after they beat the Cavs to level the best of seven series at two apiece. But with two of the next three matches scheduled to be played in Ohio, the Raptors face an uphill battle to knock off the championship favourites.

Over in the West, Steph Curry is attempting to prove his status as basketball’s most valuable player. Lately though, he hasn’t had the rub of the green with the Warriors down 2-1 in the series against the Oklahoma City Thunder prior to Wednesday’s fourth match.

In that match though, the Thunder stormed home to extend their series lead to 3-1 with three matches remaining. The stark reality of Golden State’s record regular season is now in very real danger of finishing before the Finals begin after that 24-point loss.



RAPTORS at CAVALIERS

Thursday, May 26, 10:30am (AEST) @ Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland

  • The leading point scorer for the Cavaliers in the playoffs this season is LeBron James, who averages 24 points per game. Kevin Love leads the rebounds with 10 per game while James also leads the assists with 7 per game.
  • The leading point scorer for the Raptors in the playoffs this season is DeMar DeRozan, who averages 21.3 points per game. Jonas Valanciunas leads the rebound count with 12.1 per game and Kyle Lowry averages the most assists with 6.1 per game.
  • The over/under in this series is 2/1 and overall, the Cavs’ over/under record in 2015-16 is 47/46. The Raptors’ over/under record in 2015-16 is 49/50.
  • The Cavaliers’ record at home this season is the best of any Eastern Conference team at 37-8, including their last four at Quicken Loans Arena.
  • Toronto’s away record so far this season is 25-24 but they’ve lost six of their last seven matches on the road including a 31-point loss the Cavs last Wednesday.
  • In the playoffs so far, the Cavs are 3rd in points per game, 2nd in assists, 9th in rebounds and 5th in opponent’s points per game.
  • In the playoffs so far, the Raptors are 10th in points per game, 15th in assists, 10th in rebounds and 4th in opponent’s points per game.
  • The Cavaliers are the first team in four years (fifth in NBA history) to start a single postseason 10-0.

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RESULTS

Cavaliers (116) def. Raptors (78)



THUNDER at WARRIORS

Friday, May 27, 11:00am (AEST) @ Oracle Arena, California

  • The leading point scorer for the Warriors in the playoffs this season is Klay Thompson, who averages 25.4 points per game. Draymond Green leads the rebounds and assists with 9.3 per and 6.5 per game respectively.
  • The leading point scorer for the Thunder in the playoffs this season is Kevin Durant, who averages 27 points per game. Steven Adams leads the rebound count with 10.1 per game and Russell Westbrook averages the most assists with 10.9 per game.
  • The over/under in this series is 1/3 and overall, their over/under record in 2015-16 is 51/46. The Thunder’s overall over/under record in 2015-16 is 45/53.
  • The Warriors’ record at home this season is the best of any team in the competition at 46-3, including nine of their last 10 at Oracle Arena.
  • Oklahoma City’s away record so far this season is 28-20 and they have won three of their last four matches on the road, including a win at Oracle Arena.
  • In the playoffs so far, the Thunder are 2nd in points per game, 8th in assists, 3rd in rebounds and 8th in opponent’s points per game.
  • In the playoffs so far, the Warriors are 1st in points per game, 1st in assists, 6th in rebounds and 13th in opponent’s points per game.
  • The Thunder has won three straight games on the road against two teams who lost four combined home games in the entire regular season.
  • Teams that take a 3-1 lead in the conference finals are 37-2 in NBA history.

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RESULTS

Warriors (120) def. Thunder (111)