2. Every game starts at 9 p.m. except for the second, which will start at 8 p.m.
That’s when the broadcasts are set to begin on ABC, anyway. The actual tip might be a bit later.
The second game is scheduled for Sunday night with game three in Cleveland next Wednesday and game four the following Friday. The last three games, if necessary, will be every third day after that.
Every game will be streamed on the ESPN app as well.
3. LeBron James is back for the eighth year in a row.
If you’re a casual fan thinking, “Geez, this LeBron guy seems to be in the finals every year,” you’re not far off.
He has Cleveland in the last series of the season for the fourth straight year after taking Miami to four consecutive finals as well.
The feat has precedent, though, as multiple Boston Celtics also made at least eight consecutive finals in the ‘50s and ‘60s.
4. Many of the other Cavaliers have changed.
This Cleveland team looks a lot different than last year’s.
Kyrie Irving demanded a trade and ended up in Boston, a move that did not work out and eventually prompted the Cavs to reshape their roster significantly at the trade deadline.
Kevin Love is still on the team, but his status for game one is unknown as he reportedly remains in concussion protocol.
Andre Iguodala, a key role player who recently moved into the start lineup for Golden State, has already been declared out with a bone bruise.
5. Golden State is a heavy favorite.
Bovada is giving the Warriors 1/8 odds to win the series. They were getting 5/12 last year and in ’15 while going into the ’16 finals they lost at 10/21.
Odds of a Warriors sweep are 9/2.
A $1 bet on the Cavaliers to win in seven games would yield $20, while an improbable Cleveland sweep would pay $125.