I don’t know about you, but whenever an NBA final arrives, a state of nervousness unleashes in me that is difficult for me to control. And if there are bets involved, I won’t even tell you. It seems like only yesterday that I had the great honor of watching The King play: the great Lebron James. His power is fascinating, not to mention the show he puts on with every play. And here we are, one more year. Wanting to know what will happen. Because yes, third consecutive year in which the Cavaliers and the Warriors meet again to show who rules in the NBA.
The two favorite teams in the playoffs play the ring again. Last year it was Cleveland who took the title, where everything was decided in a seventh and last heart-stopping game.
Regarding the last tie played between these two teams, there are players who repeat, but many will fight to win champions for the first time. In the case of the Warriors, there are 7 new additions, where the arrival of Kevin Durant and veteran David West stand out. The Clevelands have strengthened less and have the presence of 3 new players who were not in the final last year: Derrick Williams, Deron Williams and Korver.
And you, who are you betting on? Cavaliers or Warriors? Lebron James or Stephen Curry? The end arrives. We just have to know what will happen…
The court factor is again for the Warriors
For the third consecutive year, the final is repeated, and as in the previous season, the Warriors have been the best team in the Regular Season with a record of 67 wins and 15 losses. This has allowed them to have the home court factor in all the Playoffs series, where they are also being the best, since they have won all the games, with a record of 12 wins and 0 losses.
The Golden State have some scary numbers and more at home. They have played a total of 47 games, with a run of 42 wins and only 5 losses (6-0 in the playoffs). On the other hand, you also have to take into account Cleveland’s 38-10 numbers at Ohio. The Cavaliers have played 48 games, with a 38-10 run (7-0 playoffs). With a percentage of almost 80% of victories at home.
The Warriors are the favorites, taking the title is paid at 1.36, that is, they have a 73.5% probability, while the Clevelands are paid at 3.20, a 31.3% chance of winning the ring.
Lebron James beats Stephen Curry in finals
We find ourselves again, facing a duel between Lebron James and the skilled Stephen Curry. Lebron’s power will be measured in a third final with Curry’s aim.
If we look at the last two seasons, both distributed scepters, one for each, but in numbers and statistics, El Rey far surpasses Curry.
Going back through the 13 games of the past two Finals (6 in 2015 and 7 in 2016), James leads Curry in points, rebounds and assists.
Even though Lebron lost the 2015 final, his numbers were much better than Curry’s. On this occasion, he averaged 35.8 points, 13.3 rebounds and 8.83 assists. For his part, Curry had 26 points, 5.16 rebounds and 6.3 assists.
In 2016, the data again supported Lebron with 29.7 points, 11.2 rebounds and 8.7 assists. Instead, Curry’s stats dropped to 22.5 points per game, 5.28 rebounds, and 4 assists.
However, everything takes a turn if we talk about those 13 duels, where the Warriors have the advantage with 7 victories to 6 for the Cavaliers.
At 32 years old, Lebron James will play his eighth NBA final and the most impressive thing is that he will be the seventh in a row. For his part, Curry reaches this final at 29 years of age and being champion only once.
Curry vs Lebron, Warriors vs Cavaliers… The long-awaited final has arrived.
TOP 10 facts and curiosities about the NBA final
If you thought you knew everything about the NBA, the following information that we have prepared for you will surprise you.
- It is the first time in 71 years of history that two teams repeat in three consecutive NBA finals.
- The two teams are the ones that score the most points on average in the playoffs (118 Golden State and 116 Cleveland).
- The Warriors and the Cavaliers appear in the final with 11 all stars. This hasn’t happened since the 1983 final between the Lakers and the Sixers.
- The California team manages to reach the final for the first time in history, having won 12 consecutive victories in the playoffs.
- Lebron James has become the seventh NBA player to play seven consecutive finals.
- The finalists will play the first game, being two of the three teams to transform 1000 triples in the regular season.
- Tyrone Lue can match John Kundla (Minneapolis Lakers, 1948 and 1949) in winning two rings in his first two years as coach.
- More than 265 journalists from 35 different countries will follow the NBA final.
- More than 1.3 billion people will follow what happens in the Final through the NBA’s social networks.
- Lebron James will be the most followed player of the same during the Final. He is the third most popular athlete in the world with 90 million followers on social networks (Facebook + Twitter + Instagram), only behind Cristiano and Messi.