Warriors Still Favourites to Win NBA Finals
The Conference Finals games this year have given us some of the most exciting games of all season – as they should. The Boston Celtics have proved themselves a huge obstacle in LeBron’s way to take his team to the NBA Finals for the seventh year in a row. They have even surpassed the Cleveland team in terms of odds to win the Finals and are priced by William Hill, as of May 24th, 2018, at 7/1 to win the championship, compared to 16/1 for the Cavaliers, while the Rockets are priced second at 9/4 and the Warriors remain the favorites with 4/6.
Celtics Take the Lead to Upset Cavaliers in the East
After losing Games 1 (108-83) and 2 (107-94), the Cavaliers proceeded to take their revenge with two back-to-back wins. Winning Game 4 by a 30-point margin (116-86) lifted their spirits and they sealed it with a 111-102 win in Game 4. But the Celtics marched back and just delivered a 96-83 triumph in Game 5. Boston rookie Jayson Tatum led his side with a team-high 24 points. Now he just needs another game with over 20 points to tie with legendary Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, who still holds the rookie record of 10 during the postseason.
Rockets and Warriors Tied in the West
Meanwhile, in the west, underdogs Rockets stole Games 2 and 4 from reigning champions Golden State Warriors. The teams enter Game 5 tied and they both need this win to take the lead. Yet the Houston team won Game 4 by only 3 points (92-95), after Stephen Curry missed what could have been a game-tying shot at just 0.5 seconds on the clock. This has left the Warriors angry to make a great comeback. But they might be missing Klay Thompson due to a left knee strain and this won’t be good for morale. They will be entering the game full force in the hopes of knocking out the Rockets’ hopes of making it to the Finals.