Warriors, Cavaliers Favored to Reach 2018 NBA Finals in Latest Postseason Odds

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured ColumnistMay 9, 2018

OAKLAND, CA - JUNE 12: LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers talks with Stephen Curry #30 of the Golden State Warriors in Game Five of the 2017 NBA Finals on June 12, 2017 at ORACLE Arena in Oakland, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2017 NBAE (Photo by Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images)
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The Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers have met for the past three years in the NBA Finals, and it's looking increasingly likely a fourth matchup will be in the cards this postseason. 

According to OddsShark's Stephen Campbell, the Warriors are 2-3 favorites to win their second straight NBA title, while the Cavaliers have 6-1 odds, which are the highest among the three Eastern Conference teams still in the playoffs.

The Houston Rockets (9-4) are a stronger favorite than the Cavs, which isn't all that surprising. The Rockets are the top seed in the Western Conference, and it's hard to see how Cleveland, which finished 29th in defensive rating (109.5), could slow down Houston's high-powered attack.

But most likely, it'll be another rematch between the Warriors and Cavaliers.

After the Indiana Pacers pushed Cleveland to seven games, things weren't looking good for the Cavs. Then, they swept the top-seeded Toronto Raptors in the second round, reminding everybody how having LeBron James in the playoffs gives them an almost unfair advantage.

Whether the Cavaliers face the Philadelphia 76ers or Boston Celtics, they'll be expected to advance out of the Eastern Conference Finals.

The Warriors, meanwhile, have started peaking during the playoffs, particularly in their second-round series with the New Orleans Pelicans. Golden State blew New Orleans out, 118-92, on the road in Game 4 and then outscored the Pelicans, 36-19, in the third quarter of Game 5 en route to a 113-104 victory.

As good as the Rockets have performed, the Warriors remain in a class by themselves when they're at their best.

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