Cavs the champs but Warriors the favorites in the NBA Finals

Durant changes everything in Dubs-Cavs Finals rivalry part three

Durant changes everything in Dubs-Cavs Finals rivalry part three

LeBron James Cleveland Cavaliers v Golden State Warriors, NBA basketball game, Oakland, USA - 16 Jan 2017 Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green (2-L) reacts after being called on for a technical foul on Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (C-bottom) during the first half of the NBA basketball game between the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Golden State Warriors at the Oracle Arena in Oakland, California, USA, 16 January 2017. The Cavaliers face the Golden State Warriors in Game 1 of the NBA Finals on Thursday in Oakland.

With Game 1 in the books, LeBron and company will need to regather themselves after taking a shellacking at the hands of Golden State.

Kevin Durant saw Golden State as not only the best option to exorcise his LeBron demon, but to also win rings - multiple.

The result of the 2017 NBA Finals will be very good or very bad for Las Vegas oddsmakers.

Even though the Warriors were displaying video game-like dominance over the National Basketball Association, the talk of the league wasn't over them.

All seem to agree on the Golden State Warriors winning.

The odds say the Warriors have a strong chance to win this year's National Basketball Association championship - not a huge surprise for a team that won 73 regular-season games last season and added former league MVP Kevin Durant to its roster in July.

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"I think they're the prohibitive favorite", ABC analyst Jeff Van Gundy said.

"Both teams are better than last year's teams".

The Warriors are 12-0 in the playoffs and have won 27 of their last 28 overall. As a team, the Warriors are averaging 118 points per contest in the postseason. "But I think we got a great group of guys, headlined by one of the best guys to ever do it". Pregame.com gives the series a 30 percent chance to go seven games. Cleveland nearly certainly needs the Kevin Love of the last round to have a chance at the upset. And if the Cavs try to employ the same philosophy as last year's Finals, the numbers say that Oakland may be preparing for another parade around Lake Merritt soon. This is 96% of winnings and the only loss, happened in the game between the Cavaliers and Celtics, which we have to say, came pretty much accidentally. The Warriors won at least once in Cleveland in each of the last two NBA Finals, part of their franchise-record streak of 14 straight series with a road victory.

The Cavaliers added a 3-point specialist in Korver, along with backup point guard Deron Williams and swingman Derrick Williams to the mix in hopes of giving James more offensive options around him.

"These are the two best teams and if you were on one of these two teams you were hopeful that you'd be here at the end", Korver said Wednesday, a day before the teams meet for the third straight Finals. "But I have every intention to coach for a long time". "It's been working up to this point, so I can't change what I'm doing". Last year, Curry was hobbled by a knee injury and while he wasn't totally ineffective, he wasn't quite himself, either.

Curry sported a fresh haircut for the occasion and the two-time reigning MVP initially wore a black sleeve on his shooting arm to protect a tender elbow that still had some swelling, but he quickly removed it and found his stroke. "So other than that, feeling fresh".

"Obviously not really dealing with any bumps or bruises really besides this elbow that's not really a factor", Curry said.