Cavs the champs but Warriors the favorites in the NBA Finals

The Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers will battle for the championship for a third straight year, and it's all set to begin with Game 1 Thursday night at Oracle Arena. Eastern Time. Golden State and Cleveland have one NBA Finals win over the other with the Cavaliers coming off an improbable 3-1 comeback in last year's Finals series.

The two teams have steamrolled through the postseason, going a collective 24-1 in the playoffs.

But for Curry, he said that his game is really all that matters. The Warriors are led by guard Stephen Curry, who averaged 25.3 ppg.

Golden State Warriors acting head coach Mike Brown is returning to the NBA Finals to face his former team, the Cleveland Cavaliers.

The 2017 Western Conference Finals featured both the one seed and two seed in Golden State and San Antonio respectively. They were underdogs in that series as well, and ended up winning.

Many of these players had to take on smaller roles now that they had joined so-called super teams filled with stars. "So I feel great".

"When he's going, he makes their team a lot better", Green said, "so it is my job to try to take him out of the game".

I still don't understand how people think this is bad for the National Basketball Association.

In 2015, Irving went down with a knee injury in Game 1 of the finals, forcing him to miss the rest of the series which the Warriors went on to win, although, it was veteran reserve Andre Iguodala, not Curry, who won finals MVP.

'So I think it's great to have greatness. It would have been even better if that greatness had been pushed a little bit harder so they had to dig down deep'.

This year could be different.

'We have the two best teams playing for a championship. Be sure to check back frequently as we update our conversation, and you can play a part too!

Golden State won all 12 of their earlier NBA Playoff games, Cleveland dropped just one of theirs. The Cavs had to go to six or seven games in all those they managed to win. We looked up the number of All-Star appearances, All-NBA 1st/2nd Team selections and MVP trophies opponents racked up the years they faced either Jordan or James in the playoffs. Lue tries to build on the terrific start to his coaching career by becoming just the second National Basketball Association coach to win titles in his first two seasons.

Van Gundy added: 'They're the prohibitive favourite.

There will be no love lost between these teams, especially after Green, whose Game Five suspension in the 2016 Finals was considered by many to be the turning point, said last November he wanted to "destroy" and "annihilate" the Cavs in a championship rematch.

In the UK, ESPN's coverage of the 2017 NBA Finals will appear on the BT Sport bundle of channels, beginning Thursday June 1'.