Cavaliers 41/20 To Retain Nba Title

Basketball Preview: Cavaliers 41/20 To Retain Nba Title

2017-05-30
A preview of the NBA finals between Cleveland Cavaliers and Golden State Warriors.

Cleveland Cavaliers are 41/20 to retain their NBA play-off crown when they meet Golden State Warriors in the finals for a third successive year.

The Cavs responded to their 4-2 defeat in 2015 by lifting the Larry O’Brien Championship trophy for the first time as they fought back from 3-1 down to claim a dramatic Game Seven success.

In doing so the Cavs became the first team in league history to recover from a 3-1 finals deficit to become champions.

Game One takes place at the Oracle Arena on Friday with the GSW 31/100 to claim victory, just as they did in the previous two series’ between the sides, and 2/5 to reclaim the championship.

Cleveland, meanwhile, head to California with a 7-0 record on the road this post-season and have notched nine straight on their travels in the play-offs – the second longest streak in history.

They are 13/5 to win the first game and, having been held to 100 points or less in their opening match for the past two years, are 22/25 to score under 109.5 points.

GSW have registered 108 and 104 points respectively in their first game and are 10/11 to record under 116.5 points, with 13/5 available for under 215.5 points in total.

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Cleveland came through the East by winning 12 of their 13 games while the Warriors were a perfect 12-0 in the Western Conference.

LeBron James surpassed Michael Jordan to become the highest points scorer in play-off history as the Cavaliers beat Boston Celtic 4-1.

James scored 35 points in the series-clinching victory to reach 5,995 points, taking him past the previous mark of 5,987 set by basketball great Jordan.

The 32-year-old told a press conference, posted by NBA TV on Twitter: “I wear the number [23] because of Mike. I fell in love with the game because of Mike.

“When you're growing up and you see Michael Jordan it's almost like a god. So I'd never believed I could beat Mike.

“The biggest thing for me is that I did it just being me.”

It is the seventh successive year James has led his team to the finals, with four straight appearances for the Miami Heat preceding his return to Cleveland in 2014.

James is 47/20 to be named the NBA’s Finals MVP for a fourth time with Steph Curry and Kevin Durant the joint 7/4 favourites. Draymond Green is 7/1 with Kyrie Irving at 14/1 and Klay Thompson at 28/1.