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Warriors beat Cavaliers to clinch NBA title

The Golden State Warriors beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 129-120 in Game 5 of the NBA Finals to capture their second championship in three years. Before Cleveland's 137-116 home victory in Game 4, Golden State was a perfect 15-0 and had a chance to become the first NBA team to go unbeaten in the playoffs. The Warriors swept the Portland Trail Blazers, Utah Jazz and San Antonio Spurs to earn their NBA Finals berth.

Kevin Durant was named finals MVP after scoring over 30 points in each of the five games - he averaged 35.2 per game across the series.

East
Boston-Cleveland1:4
Boston-Washing.4:3
Cleveland-Toronto4:0
Boston-Chicago4:2
Toronto-Milwaukee4:2
Cleveland-Indiana4:0
Washing.-Atlanta4:2
Atlantic Division
1Boston64.6
2Toronto62.2
3New York37.8
4Philadel.34.1
5Brooklyn24.4
Central Division
1Cleveland62.2
2Milwaukee51.2
3Indiana51.2
4Chicago50.0
5Detroit45.1
Southeast Division
1Washing.59.8
2Atlanta52.4
3Miami50.0
4Charlotte43.9
5Orlando35.4
West
Gold. St.-San Ant.4:0
Gold. St.-Utah4:0
San Ant.-Houston4:2
LA Clipp.-Utah3:4
Gold. St.-Portland4:0
San Ant.-Memphis4:2
Houston-Oklahoma4:1
Southwest Division
1San Ant.74.4
2Houston67.1
3Memphis52.4
4New Orl.41.5
5Dallas40.2
Northwest Division
1Utah62.2
2Oklahoma57.3
3Portland50.0
4Denver48.8
5Minnesota37.8
Pacific Division
1Gold. St.81.7
2LA Clipp.62.2
3Sacram.39.0
4LA Lakers31.7
5Phoenix29.3

NBA 2017/18 key dates

  • September 30 : Preseason begins
  • October 17 : Regular season starts
  • February 18 : All-Star Game (Los Angeles)
  • April 11 : Regular season ends
  • April 14 : NBA Playoffs begin

NBA 2017/178 favorites

These are odds to win NBA 2017/18 Championship published by online bookmakers before the start of the season:

teamoddsteamoddsteamodds
Golden State1.6Toronto67NY Knicks151
Cleveland5Miami67Chicago151
Houston9LA Clippers67Charlotte151
Boston9New Orleans81Indiana201
San Antonio13Philadelphia81Atlanta251
Oklahoma15Memphis101Phoenix251
Minnesota34LA Lakers101Dallas251
Washington34Utah Jazz101Sacramento251
Milwaukee51Detroit101Brooklyn501
Denver67Portland151Orlando501

Last season, Golden State Warriors over-matched Cleveland Cavaliers in theirs third straight Finals match up. This year, with Kevin Durant taking a pay cut, the team did a masterful job of bringing back just about all of the key players from last year's championship run and signed Omri Casspi and Nick Young to round out the roster. Their lineup still boasts three of the League's top five shooters, its most versatile defender and a roster full of malleable pieces that give progressive head coach Steve Kerr all the personnel to exploit and adapt to any situation. If healthy, the Warriors should be a lock to make it three titles in four years.

The Cleveland Cavaliers has won the Eastern Conference the last three seasons under the leadership of LeBron James, and this year should be no different. Despite trading Kyrie Irving to the Boston Celtics, it can be argued that Cleveland will be better off in the long run. Adding a piece like Jae Crowder will be huge for the Cavs, as his biggest offensive strength is shooting corner threes, which will be uncontested while sharing the floor with LeBron James. The Cavs' biggest weakness last season was a lack of depth at the point guard position. Now, with players like Derrick Rose and Dwyane Wade potentially coming off the bench during the playoffs, Cleveland will benefit from having multiple guards who can get their own shots. Also, Isiah Thomas is scheduled to return around mid-season, giving Cleveland a twenty-five point scorer around the All-Star break.

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After overachieving last season, the Houston Rockets pulled off one of the more surprising moves of the summer. With Chris Paul now joining James Harden, the Rockets have one of the league's best backcourts. While the Rockets have lost some of the scoring depth that made them so relentless, Paul's greatest contribution will be his ability to limit the load on Harden's shoulders, helping the two-time MVP runner-up stay spry for the stretch run.

With only four returning players from last year's roster, the Boston Celtics will likely experience growing pains during the early stages of the new season. With new players like Kyle Irving, Gordon Hayward and Jayson Tatum, Boston will not lack firepower on the offensive end of the floor, but with the amount of shuffling that took place on their roster, some new problems may have been raised. The reasonable expectation for this team is to give the Cavaliers a good fight in the Eastern Conference Finals.

The NBA finals in the last five years

2017   Golden State - Cleveland   4:1
2016   Cleveland - Golden State   4:3
2015   Golden State - Cleveland   4:2
2014   San Antonio - Miami   4:1
2013   Miami - San Antonio   4:3

teamstitles12/1313/1414/1515/1616/17
Boston171/8-1/81/81/2
LA Lakers161/8----
Chicago61/41/81/4-1/8
San Antonio5finalstitle1/81/41/2
Golden State51/41/8titlefinalstitle
Miami3titlefinals-1/4-
Detroit3---1/8-
Philadelphia3-----
New York21/4----
Houston21/81/81/21/81/4
Cleveland1--finalstitlefinals
Milwaukee11/8-1/8-1/8
Portland1-1/41/81/41/8
Oklahoma11/41/2-1/21/8
Washington1-1/41/4-1/4
Sacramento1-----
Atlanta11/81/81/21/41/8
Dallas1-1/81/81/8-
Indiana-1/21/2-1/81/8
Minnesota------
Utah-----1/4
Brooklyn-1/81/41/8--
Phoenix------
Toronto--1/81/81/21/4
Orlando------
New Orleans---1/8--
Denver-1/8----
Memphis-1/21/81/41/81/8
LA Clippers-1/81/41/41/81/8
Charlotte--1/8-1/8-

The table shows the overall number of NBA titles since 1947 and team success in the last five seasons.

Key players

Atlanta Hawks

Guards Dennis Schroder and Kent Bazemore, Forwards Taurean Prince and Ersan Ilyasova, Center Dewayne Dedmon

Brooklyn Nets

Guards Jeremy Lin and D'Angelo Russell, Forwards Allen Crabbe and Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, Center Timofey Mozgov

Boston Celtics

Guards Kyrie Irving and Jaylen Brown, Forwards Gordon Hayward and Marcus Morris, Center Al Horford

Charlotte Hornets

Guards Kemba Walker and Nicolas Batum, Forwards Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and Marvin Williams, Center Dwight Howard

Chicago Bulls

Guards Kris Dunn and Denzel Valentine, Forwards Paul Zipser and Nikola Mirotic, Center Robin Lopez

Cleveland Cavaliers

Guards Isaiah Thomas and Dwyane Wade, Forwards LeBron James and Jae Crowder, Center Kevin Love

Dallas Mavericks

Guards Dennis Smith Jr. and Seth Curry, Forwards Wesley Matthews and Harrison Barnes, Center Dirk Nowitzki

Denver Nuggets

Guards Jamal Murray and Gary Harris, Forwards Wilson Chandler and Paul Millsap, Center Nikola Jokic

Detroit Pistons

Guards Reggie Jackson and Avery Bradley, Forwards Tobias Harris and Jon Leuer, Center Andre Drummond

Golden State Warriors

Guards Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson, Forwards Kevin Durant and Draymond Green, Center Zaza Pachulia

Houston Rockets

Guards Chris Paul and James Harden, Forwards Trevor Ariza and Ryan Anderson, Center Clint Capela

Indiana Pacers

Guards Darren Collison and Victor Oladipo, Forwards Bojan Bogdanovic and Thaddeus Young, Center Myles Turner

Los Angeles Clippers

Guards Patrick Beverley and Austin Rivers, Forwards Danilo Gallinari and Blake Griffin, Center DeAndre Jordan

Los Angeles Lakers

Guards Lonzo Ball and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Forwards Brandon Ingram and Julius Randle, Center Brook Lopez

Memphis Grizzlies

Guards Mike Conley and Tyreke Evans, Forwards Chandler Parsons and JaMychal Green, Center Marc Gasol

Miami Heat

Guards Goran Dragic and Dion Waiters, Forwards Rodney McGruder and James Johnson, Center Hassan Whiteside

Minnesota Timberwolves

Guards Jeff Teague and Andrew Wiggins, Forwards Jimmy Butler and Taj Gibson, Center Karl-Anthony Towns

Milwaukee Bucks

Guards Malcolm Brogdon and Tony Snell, Forwards Khris Middleton and Giannis Antetokounmpo, Center Thon Maker

New Orleans Pelicans

Guards Rajon Rondo and Jrue Holiday, Forwards Darius Miller and Anthony Davis, Center DeMarcus Cousins

New York Knicks

Guards Ramon Sessions and Tim Hardaway Jr., Forwards Doug McDermott and Kristaps Porzingis, Center Willy Hernangomez

Oklahoma City Thunder

Guards Russell Westbrook and Andre Roberson, Forwards Paul George and Carmelo Anthony, Center Steven Adams

Orlando Magic

Guards Elfrid Payton and Terrence Ross, Forwards Evan Fournier and Aaron Gordon, Center Nikola Vucevic

Philadelphia 76ers

Guards Markelle Fultz and J.J. Redick, Forwards Robert Covington and Ben Simmons, Center Joel Embiid

Phoenix Suns

Guards Eric Bledsoe and Devin Booker, Forwards T.J. Warren and Marquese Chriss, Center Tyson Chandler

Portland Trail Blazers

Guards Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum, Forwards Moe Harkless and Al-Farouq Aminu, Center Jusuf Nurkic

San Antonio Spurs

Guards Tony Parker and Danny Green, Forwards Kawhi Leonard and LaMarcus Aldridge, Center Pau Gasol

Sacramento Kings

Guards George Hill and Buddy Hield, Forwards Justin Jackson and Skal Labissiere, Center Willie Cauley-Stein

Toronto Raptors

Guards Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan, Forwards C.J. Miles and Serge Ibaka, Center Jonas Valanciunas

Utah Jazz

Guards Ricky Rubio and Rodney Hood, Forwards Joe Ingles and Derrick Favors, Center Rudy Gobert

Washington Wizards

Guards John Wall and Bradley Beal, Forwards Otto Porter and Markieff Morris, Center Marcin Gortat

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