A significant amount of rest between the end of the Conference Finals and the start of the Golden State Warriors’ battle with the Cleveland Cavaliers for the NBA title is exactly what was needed.
Now, the leading players in a matchup dripping with intrigue should be significantly recharged to put on a show of pure skill and entertainment.
The Warriors are favoured, at 10/21, to claim a first NBA Championship since 1975, while the Cleveland Cavaliers are rated at 7/4 to win their first ever.
Whoever claims glory will likely have the NBA Finals’ MVP on their books. News.ladbrokes have run the rule over the three most likely winners of that award below:
Curry took the regular season’s MVP award by a landslide from the Houston Rockets’ James Harden, who he helped eliminate in the last round of the playoffs.
Since claiming that honour, the six-year veteran has averaged 29.2 points per game in the Golden State Warriors’ run to the Finals, breaking the record for three-pointers made in a one-off postseason in the process.
James has won this award twice before in his career and if he is to guide his Cleveland Cavalier teammates to ultimate glory he’ll have a major case for picking up a third.
The 30-year-old was the star of the show for the Ohio franchise before his fellow All-Star teammates Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving got injured and that is unquestionably the case now that pair are ruled out, in the case of the former, or playing hurt.
His awesome playoff numbers of 27 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists per game will need to be upheld if he’s to overcome Curry and the Warriors.
While Curry vs James is the overarching storyline to these Finals an off series from either could allow their respective understudies to shine.
Thompson is a sharp-shooting Robin to Curry’s Batman for the Warriors and has the potential to take over games with his deadly jump shot, while Irving, a genuine All-Star in his own right, was the Cavaliers’ leader before James arrived this season but never managed to get them to the playoffs.
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