The Warriors are such favorites that if you were to fly to Las Vegas, head into the Westgate SuperBook and place a $1,000 bet on Golden State to win the 2018 NBA Finals, you'd only stand to make $100 on your investment.
Meanwhile, the Golden State Warriors haven't been at their absolute best in these playoffs and the injury to Andre Iguodala can't be underestimated, but they still managed to find a way to scrape past the Rockets in a thrilling 7-game series in the Western Conference Finals. "But making some progress".
Last season, Golden State was listed at -300 to defeat the Cavs in the NBA Finals, which they did in five games.
Steph Curry and the Golden State Warriors can't be stopped, no matter what the rest of the National Basketball Association may throw at them.
"You gotta give those guys a chance, especially when you've been there before with them and you know who they are".
Golden State won two of the three finals meetings between these teams over the last three years and is heavily favored to take this one.
"So it will be interesting to see how competitive LeBron James can make this Finals, but any game they get in this Finals would be a huge upset, to me".
"This is the biggest difference that I remember between two teams heading into the Finals in my time in the NBA", said Van Gundy, whose association with the Association dates to 1989.
Iguodala's status remains up in the air, and it seems unlikely he'll play in the first couple games of the NBA Finals.
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Iguodala averaged 8.7 points, 4.3 rebounds and 1.7 assists in his three games against the Rockets, playing a little more than 27 minutes per game.
"No matter what the storyline is going to be, no matter if we're picked to win or not, let's just go out and play". "My concern is how can I impact this series to help my team win a championship".
Had they kept him, he wouldn't have played in the postseason. I got treatment on the 4½-hour flight up here.
Perhaps they can get away with that - again - in these NBA Finals.
As Stephen Curry noted, the Cavaliers are more than just James. Kerr acknowledged the struggles of keeping his team motivated this season, even letting the players coach themselves in timeouts during one game.
"Being hunted is different than hunting, and we've been in that role for a long time", Warriors GM Bob Myers told ESPN. "That's just motivation to be the best that you can be as well".
He averaged 16.8 points in 39 games for Utah earlier this season but has dipped to 10.8 points per game in 21 games for the Cavaliers.
"I'm glad we're going back", Warriors forward Kevin Durant said. He's done that kind of thing a few times in this ridiculous dominance of the Eastern Conference, but this season he has hoisted the Cavaliers on his shoulders to an even more silly degree.
The All-Star point guard was Cleveland's not-so-secret weapon, the one the Cavs turned to in order to spell James and keep the Warriors off-balance.