LeBron James and the Cavaliers have little or no chance of winning their fourth NBA final in a row against the Golden State Warriors, considered the hardest favorites of the last 16 years by Las Vegas bookies.
The Warriors are 12-point favorites to win Game 1 on Thursday, the biggest spread in a finals game since 1991, according to ESPN Stats & Information.
For the series, the Warriors are -800 and the Cavaliers + 550 (meaning that a $ 100 bet on the Cavs would win you $ 550, but it would cost an $ 800 bet on the Warriors to win $ 100 ).
Cleveland coach Tyronn Lue does not blink.
"We're all focused on winning a championship," Lue said on Tuesday before the team flew to California. "We've played our best basketball in the playoffs, we've gotten better as the playoffs progressed, our main focus and our main goal is to win a championship so we do not have to worry about what outsiders say and who's picked We know what we have here and what we are trying to do. "
Lue said all-star striker Kevin Love remains in the concussion protocol and his status for the series launch is in doubt. Love canceled Cleveland's Game 7 win in Boston on Sunday after a head injury when he and Celtic's rookie striker Jayson Tatum accidentally made head-shots in Game 6's opening minutes.
Love was replaced by veteran Jeff Green on the grid. who celebrated their comeback after the 2: 0 and 3: 2 in the series and scored 19 points.
Love is expected for the finale, and Lue needs his experience against the Warriors, who like the Cavs gathered to win the Western Conference final by taking Game 7 on the road.
"They were tested, we were tested," Lue said. We were at Game 7s, we won championships and won championships, so they understand what it takes and they knew what it took. "
Unlike the last three finals, Lue does not Kyrie Irving, who was traded to Boston last summer. 19659013] The All-Star Point Guard was Cleveland's not-so-secret weapon the Cavs used to spell James and upset the warriors.
"He allowed us one against one against the mismatches and no one can stop him one on one," Lue said. "We'll miss that, but we just have to play a different basketball style without him being here."
That's a sure thing.