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.
Thursday, May 26, 10:30am (AEST) @ Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland
Friday, May 27, 11:00am (AEST) @ Oracle Arena, California