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Warriors fans cheer at the Game 7 watch party for the 2018 NBA Western Conference Finals on Monday Rockets bottled as Warriors sweep into NBA Finals
Cary Erickson | 10 June, 2018, 01:41

Houston is fresh off of a disappointing Game 7 loss to the Golden State Warriors in the Western Conference Finals, but know that they have a good chance to get back to that point in 2018-19.

Curry's Golden State Warriors take on James and the Cleveland Cavaliers at this stage for the fourth year in a row with Game 1 kickstarting another epic showdown tomorrow (2am United Kingdom time). Parking at the arena will be $10.

Love, 29, suffered a concussion in the first quarter of Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Finals against the Boston Celtics and missed the rest of that contest.

The Warriors defeating the Cavaliers to win their second straight title might already feel like a forgone conclusion, but there's still plenty of bets to be placed to help make the NBA Finals compelling for sports fans looking for an extra incentive to watch.

Stop me if you've heard this one: The Golden State Warriors will play the Cleveland Cavaliers in the best-of-seven NBA Finals.

Warriors minute: They've won Game 1 the last three Finals and are 5-1 in Games 1-2 of this series over the last three years.

When the two teams met for the title in 2016, James used a superhuman effort to lead Cleveland back from a 3-1 deficit to win the championship, marking the first time an National Basketball Association team had pulled off such a comeback.

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"Let's look at the great teams", he told USA TODAY Sports on the January 4 night when the Rockets downed the Warriors at the Toyota Center.

"This was a part of our story that we hadn't been through before", he said.

Opta dug into the record books to give us a look into just how synonymous James has become with the Finals. This makes the Warriors the largest Finals favorites in 16 years, which is pretty remarkable given some Finals matchups during that span that didn't seem very even on paper before the series began.

His 34-point, 9.2-rebound, 8.8-assist average marks him as the most formidable potential opponent the Warriors could face with James chasing a fourth championship in what could be his final year with Cleveland. "We had to work for it, and you've got to appreciate the moment. So I think once we settled down and we got the defense in a better position, then we started moving the ball, and the game felt more like a Warriors game".

"I just thought we were going to call a timeout". George would make ideal sense and LeBron James is still rumored as a potential target. The Rockets was without their star point guard, Chris Paul, who missed the contest with a right hamstring strain. "A lot of people don't have that mental capacity to even think about being that great every day, you know what I'm saying?"

Kevon Looney has filled in for him the last two games but is also listed as questionable for Game 7 with sore toe on his left foot.