Cavaliers-Warriors set for ultimate Finals rubber match

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LeBron has said before that he's perpetually chasing the ghost of that one guy in Chicago, and it appears that pursuit won't end when his playing days are over if he does, indeed, follow Michael Jordan's footsteps into National Basketball Association ownership.

The 2017 NBA Finals will see the Cleveland Cavaliers face off against the Golden State Warriors. That may sound like a lot of cash (and it is!) but it's much cheaper than the lowest-priced tickets during NBA Finals' games in Oakland in 2016 ($665) and 2015 ($594).

Cavaliers in 2016 became the first team to rally from a 3-1 NBA Finals deficit and win the title, which was the first in franchise history. "We're trying to take what they took from us a year ago". "He's a great player and the things that he does on the basketball court forces Cleveland to have to do things to get the ball out of his hands, but in terms of what LeBron and KD can do those guys can dominate you in all areas of the game".

Then, following the 2013-14 season, James decided he was going home to play once again for the Cavaliers and join Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love (who was in the process of being acquired from Minnesota), shifting the power in the Eastern Conference from Miami to Cleveland.

Open up the beer fridge, pass the Pringles and turn up the "Roundball Rock": the NBA Finals tipoff on Thursday when the Golden State Warriors host the Cleveland Cavaliers. Two, I wasn't convinced that adding Kevin Durant to the Warriors' loaded mix would be as seamless as Golden State has made it look. And I feel the same way.

The 2017 NBA Finals could go a number of ways.

"Conventional wisdom basically suggests that having dynamic rivalries of great teams is really good for a sport, even if it does leave more cities on the outside looking in", Robert Boland, director of the sports administration programme at Ohio University, told Reuters. While a Game 1 preview will come in the coming days, here's a preview & prediction for the entire series.

"When you're prepared and you do the best you can do and you put it out there on the floor, you've just got to live with the results", Lue said. This time they had to play five games before eliminating the Boston Celtics at 4-1.

"I think I have better suits now", he joked. Irving was brilliant during last year's comeback but he has yet to take his game to that next level in this year's playoffs.

Even more incredibly, the Warriors blew a 3-1 lead past year to lose the title - a wound which will still be raw.

In addition to their sparkling SU record, the Warriors have proven to be a reliable wager against the spread, going 8-4 ATS in the postseason, and have tallied consecutive ATS losses just once in their 28-game run.