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The 2018 NBA Finals gets underway tonight with the reigning NBA champion Golden State Warriors to defend their title over the Cleveland Cavaliers in the championship series for the fourth consecutive year.
The series kicks off with Thursday’s Game 1 at 9 p.m. ET. It will all be televised on ABC and live-streamed online via WatchESPN or the ESPN app.
It’s the first time ever in league history that two ball clubs battle for the NBA Finals in four straight years. For that matter, the 2018 NBA Finals marks the first time in any major sporting event that the same two teams are facing off against each other for the prized championship title four times in a row.
Even though these organizations are meeting for the four years in a row, this contest will be the first of its kind. It’s also never happened in MLB, the NFL or the NHL, according to NBA.com.
As for 2018 NBA Finals predictions, the Hamptons Five members Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant as well as and the rest of the Warriors are heavy favorites to be the victors in this series against LeBron James and the Cavaliers.
As many pundits have noted, this year’s NBA Finals probably represents LeBron James’s toughest one yet, as he must try to win the title over the strongly favored Warriors without his former teammate Kyrie Irving (who was traded to the Boston Celtics) and without a fully healthy Kevin Love. The latter has been in the NBA’s concussion protocol due to injury in the Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Finals series against the Celtics and may miss at least Game 1 of the 2018 NBA Finals.
Kevin Love was still in the protocol when the Cavaliers came to Finals media day, leaving Cavs head coach Tyronn Lue to only say “I hope” Love will be available for the opener.
Here’s the odds provided by SBG Global with a closer look at the spread and O/U totals for the opening game of the 2018 NBA Finals. Golden State are 12.5-point favorites over Cleveland in Game 1, with the O/U total placed at 214.5 points. The line opened with an 11.5-point spread and 217.5-point O/U mark .
The following point spreads indicate the Dubs’ margin of win in their home playoff victories this season: 21, 15, eight, 22, five, nine, 41, 29. Their lone defeat, however, at home court was a 95-92 loss to the Houston Rockets in the Western Conference finals. Prior to that showdown, the Warriors hadn’t lost any home playoffs game since Game 7 of the 2016 NBA Finals.
GSW’s home-court advantage is reason enough to believe that they can eclipse the 12.5-point spread, and that’s even with the Cavs’ second-leading scorer (Kevin Love) returning after the concussion injury.
Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Golden State Warriors Game 1
- Date: Thursday, May 31, 2018
- Time: 9 p.m. ET
- Venue: Oracle Arena
- Location: Oakland, CA.
- TV Channel: ABC
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Cavaliers-Warriors Schedule for 2018 NBA Finals
- Game 1 Cavaliers at Golden State Thu., May 31, 9 p.m. ET, ABC
- Game 2 Cavaliers at Golden State: Sun., June 3, 8 p.m. ET, ABC
- Game 3 Warriors at Cleveland: Wed., June 6, 9 p.m. ET, ABC
- Game 4 Warriors at Cleveland: Fri., June 8, 9 p.m. ET, ABC
- Game 5* Cavaliers at Golden State: Mon., June 11, 9 p.m. ET, ABC
- Game 6* Warriors at Cleveland: Thu., June 14, 9 p.m. ET, ABC
- Game 7* Cavaliers at Golden State: Sun., June 17, 8 p.m. ET, ABC
- * — if necessary