The Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers are the favorites to meet in the NBA finals in June for the fourth consecutive time. The Warriors are the defending champions, but they should be concerned as its top scorers Kevin Durant and Stephen Curry have been off the court this year. Despite the absence of their key players, the Warriors are -300 chalk to advance from the Western Conference.
The team posing the biggest threat to the Golden State Warriors is the Houston Rockets. They are +375 second choice in the West. Even though the Rockets are a favorite, they, too, have had a fair share of injuries. Chris Paul and James Harden, arguably the two best players in the Houston Rockets, were injured this season. The San Antonio Spurs find themselves at +700. The team, which is headed by coach Gregg Popovich, has seen its key players injured. Team players who have been out of the game during the season due to injury are Kawhi Leonard, Carmelo Anthony, Tony Parker and Rudy Gay.
The Eastern Conference
The Cavaliers are the team to beat in the Eastern Conference. The team star player LeBron James has been part of teams that have won the last seven conference titles. The Cavaliers currently have the third-best record in the conference, however, the team remains the favorite to win the East. The Boston Celtics, the second favorites to win the East, are at top of the Eastern Conference followed by the Toronto Raptors in second.
The Celtics have excelled this season without Gordon Hayward, as Kyrie Irving has demonstrated his ability to play at an MVP level. The Raptors’ are not the favorites to win the East, but the backcourt of Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan represent as formidable opponents and a threat to all the teams in the East. All the teams will have a hard time on their hands, especially the Golden State Warriors as the team will defend its title. The Cleveland Cavaliers have LeBron James to assist them to win the title. James has proven with Cavaliers and Miami Heat that he is able to take his team to the finals.