Somehow, LeBron James managed to carry the patchwork Cleveland Cavaliers out of the Eastern Conference and into another NBA Finals. The Golden State Warriors overcame their share of adversity as well, surviving a 3-2 deficit and winning Game 7 on the road against the Houston Rockets in order to advance. On Thursday night (9 p.m. ET), these clubs square off for the fourth straight time in the NBA Finals, with Game 1 coming at Oracle Arena in Oakland.
Before you pick a side, you need to see what SportsLine senior analyst Larry Hartstein has to say. The veteran NBA handicapper has built on another winning season with a standout 23-13 mark against the spread in his postseason selections. He also has been zeroed in on these two clubs, posting a 14-6 ATS mark (70 percent) when either Golden State or Cleveland are involved.
In the Western Conference Finals, Hartstein knew the injury to Rockets point guard Chris Paul would spell the end of their quest to reach the finals. He advised SportsLine members to back Golden State in Games 6 and 7, and those who followed were rewarded.
Now he's studied Game 1 between the Cavs and Warriors, found a huge x-factor and jumped all over one side of this double-digit spread.
Will Golden State keep up the intensity and roll to a blowout win in Game 1, or will James thrive in the underdog role and push the game to the wire? ? Join SportsLine now to see what the x-factor will be, and which side of Warriors-Cavaliers you should be all over Thursday, from a seasoned analyst who's hitting 70 percent of his picks involving these teams!