Cavaliers vs Warriors: The Golden State Warriors will host the Cleveland Cavaliers for Game 1 of the NBA Finals on Thursday at 9 p.m. ET.
That’s a line that could have been written word for word for the 2015, 2016 and 2017 editions, as the two teams are facing off in the NBA Finals for the fourth consecutive year.
Per NBA.com, the same two teams have never met in the championship round four consecutive times in MLB, the NHL or the NFL. Further research indicates that such a feat would be a first in MLS and the WNBA as well, although the Minnesota Lynx and Los Angeles Sparks have met in the championship for two years and counting in the latter league.
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NBA Finals 2018 schedule
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Game 1 in Oakland: June 1, 2am BST
Game 2 in Oakland: June 4, 1am BST
Game 3 in Cleveland: June 7, 2am BST
Game 4 in Cleveland: June 9, 2am BST
Game 5* in Oakland: June 12, 2am BST
Game 6* in Cleveland: June 15, 2am BST
Game 7* in Oakland: June 18, 1am BST
Although the Warriors are heavy favorites in this year’s championship, per OddsShark, it wouldn’t be the biggest shock to see Cavs forward LeBron James drop 40-point triple doubles en route to a massive upset.
Of course, beating the Warriors four times will be a Herculean task, but as the old New York lottery slogan goes, “hey, you never know.”
ABC will broadcast the series, and fans can also view the contests via WatchESPN or the ESPN app.