The fortifying NBA champion Cleveland Cavaliers meet a Golden State Warriors in Game 1 of a 2017 NBA Finals on Thursday, Jun 1, 2017 (6/1/17) during Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif., in a rematch of final year’s NBA Finals, won by a Cavaliers in 7 games.
Here’s what we need to know:
What: Game 1, NBA Finals
Where: Oracle Arena, Oakland, Calif.
When: Thursday, Jun 1, 2017
Time: 9 p.m. Eastern
Line: Warriors -7
(Best of seven; x-if necessary)
Thursday, Jun 1: Cleveland during Golden State, 9 p.m.
Sunday, Jun 4: Cleveland during Golden State, 8 p.m.
Wednesday, Jun 7: Golden State during Cleveland, 9 p.m.
Friday, Jun 9: Golden State during Cleveland, 9 p.m.
x-Monday, Jun 12: Cleveland during Golden State, 9 p.m.
x-Thursday, Jun 15: Golden State during Cleveland, 9 p.m.
x-Sunday, Jun 18: Cleveland during Golden State, 8 p.m.
CELTICS (53-29, 8-5) vs. CAVALIERS (51-31, 8-0)
Season series: Cavaliers, 3-1. Cleveland rang adult 116.3 points per diversion opposite Boston, led by 29.3 per diversion from LeBron James. The initial 3 games were motionless by 6 or fewer before a Cavaliers rolled to a 114-91 feat in Boston on Apr 5, a win that during a time had a fortifying champions in a driver’s chair for a No. 1 seed and home-court advantage. But a Celtics did conduct to miscarry and acquire a tip seed in a East. Isaiah Thomas averaged 29.5 points for a Celtics vs. a Cavaliers.
Story line: Powering to a span of sweeps in a initial dual rounds, a Cavaliers accommodate a Celtics group that had to go a stretch opposite Washington to strech a Eastern Conference finals for a initial time given 2012. James is in this turn for a seventh true time, carrying final been stopped brief of a NBA’s final 4 when a Celtics kick a Cavs in a 2010 East semifinals.
Key matchup: Al Horford and Kelly Olynyk vs. Kevin Love. Love has averaged a still 13.8 points in a postseason though should be fervent to collect it adult opposite a Celtics group that knocked him out of a 2015 playoffs when he became tangled with Olynyk and dislocated his shoulder. Horford is averaging 16.1 points on 64 percent shooting, while Olynyk scored a playoff career-high 26 in a Game 7 clincher Monday.
AP Prediction: Cavaliers in 5.
(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)