Is LeBron James a good bet on the NBA's biggest stage?

Curry Durant power Warriors past Cavs in Game 1 113-91

Game 1 is Thursday at Oracle Arena, where the Cavaliers won their first championship a year ago by becoming the first team to rally from a 3-1 deficit in the finals. Many people are excited to see Kevin Durant in his first Playoff Finals with the Golden State Warriors and have hope that he can be the key in this series.

Cleveland has won four of the past five meetings with Golden State both straight up and against the spread, including Games 5, 6 and 7 in last year's NBA Finals.

According to Shelburne and Haynes, the most likely scenario would be Durant signing a two-year deal with the Warriors with a player option for his second year, much like he did last summer when he joined the Dubs.

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ABOUT THE CAVALIERS: Small forward LeBron James averaged 29.7 points, 11.3 rebounds and 8.9 assists in last season's Finals and has been superb this postseason with averages of 32.5 points, eight rebounds and seven assists. The Warriors will be counting on Durant to lead the charge for redemption, which will also cement Durant's legacy as an all-time great.

The Cavaliers have more at stake because they have the pressure of going for a repeat.

For Golden State's Ian Clark, it was the 2008 NCAA men's basketball championship game, when he was a junior in high school and his hometown Memphis Tigers lost to Kansas.

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When you have two fantastic teams, it becomes pretty irrelevant.

"It's a team game", said Durant, who has put down personal and professional roots in the Bay Arena.

As unsafe a scorer as he is from outside or driving to the hoop, James also threatens by being able to find teammates such as Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love with passes when defenders focus too much on him. Never has there been a team composed of four of the top 25 players in the National Basketball Association before these Warriors. Golden State will try to keep him in check with Draymond Green, one of the league's best and most versatile defenders.

He started this streak in the 2010-2011 season, his first with the Miami Heat where he was in the finals and lost in six games to the Dallas Mavericks. The Warriors' best lineup against the Cavaliers probably has both players on the floor at the same time, with Iguodala on James and Thompson defending Irving, so Thompson said he doesn't get caught up in whether his shot is falling. However, LeBron and the Cavs went 4-1 ATS in the last five games of the Finals a year ago.

If everything goes well for Oakland this fall, maybe next February we will see Warriors owner Joe Lacob taking out his own ad supporting the Raiders at Super Bowl 52 in Minneapolis.

Kerr remains sidelined following surgery to fix a back injury, but assistant Mike Brown has done an outstanding job in his place. And then he'll address the team at halftime, even at the end of games.

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