The NBA Finals are once again with us for another season and it is a repeat of the 2014/15 deciding series. UBET has installed the defending champion Golden State Warriors as favourites to reproduce last season’s victory, while the all-star Cleveland Cavaliers, who boast LeBron James, Kevin Love, Kyrie Irving and Aussie Matthew Dellavedova are expected to provide stiff competition.
There is also an Aussie flavour among the Warriors’ ranks in the form of Andrew Bogut, who is playing alongside basketball royalty in two-time MVP Steph Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green.
In their last playoff series, the Warriors needed seven matches to stave off the persistent Oklahoma City Thunder. The likes of Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant were epic in the first four games as OKC went to a 3-1 series lead, but the class of Curry and co. shone through, finally wrapping up a second straight Finals appearance in the deciding match at Oracle Arena.
The Cavs will probably be fresher than the Warriors, with LeBron’s men losing just two matches in their previous three series. Cleveland disposed of a brave and respectful Toronto Raptors in Canada last weekend and would have been keen to face the Warriors in the Finals for a shot at redemption.
After that match, LeBron was interviewed and said there is a different feel to his team this season with both Love and Irving fit and firing to go after they both missed most of last year’s Finals through injury.
Friday, June 3, 11:00am (AEST) @ Oracle Arena, California