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Sportsbooks Banking on a Cavaliers-Warriors NBA Finals Rematch

The Cleveland Cavaliers and the Golden State Warriors have firmly established themselves as the top two teams in the NBA, and the rivalry took on a new look in the offseason when superstar Kevin Durant opted to sign in the Bay Area as a free agent.

After the Dubs took care of a depleted Cavs squad in 2014-15, the wine and gold got some major revenge last year by erasing a 3-1 NBA Finals deficit to hoist the Larry O’Brien Trophy, becoming the first team in NBA history to accomplish the feat in the process.

Is a third straight Finals clash in store for the upcoming campaign? Online sportsbook BetOnline is offering odds on the Cavs and Warriors meeting on the biggest stage again, with the YES option coming in at +125 and the NO priced at -155.

The NBA often gets criticized for its lack of parity, and that argument is not without substance. With Durant in the fold, the Warriors have arguably the best team the NBA has seen since Michael Jordan was electrifying crowds in Chicago. Barring a small miracle, no other team in the Eastern Conference looks like it will be able to challenge Cleveland.

If you’re going off history alone, a rematch is not likely. Since the NBA’s inception in 1950, teams have never met in the championship game in three consecutive seasons. Back-to-back grudge matches have happened nine times, with the last instalment coming in 1996-97 and ’97-98 when the Bulls dispatched the Jazz.

The league is extremely top-heavy right now, but the Warriors aren’t guaranteed a spot in the Finals. The Western Conference is very deep, and it’s going to take some time for Durant to jell with his teammates. Besides, LeBron James didn’t exactly have the smoothest transition in South Beach in the first year of playing with Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade.

No matter what happens this year, it’s going to be a lot of fun to watch. OddsShark has all of the betting-related hoops info you’ll need, which you can find on our NBA page.

Will the Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers Meet in the 2016-17 NBA Finals?

Odds as of October 25 at BetOnline

  • YES +125
  • NO -155