It has been nearly a week since the Eastern Conference finals ended, and we’ve already asked how you think the championship series between the Cleveland Cavaliers and Golden State Warriors will play out.

Despite ESPN’s experts and Basketball Power Index heavily favoring the Warriors, voters pegged the NBA Finals as a near coin flip, giving Golden State a 51-49 edge and favoring Cleveland if the series reaches six or seven games.

So what about Game 1 in Oakland? Will the Warriors hold serve at home? Which matchup will you be watching most closely? That’s where we’ll begin our preview of Thursday night’s action.

Teams that prevailed in Game 1 of the Finals have won the series 49 out of 70 times. However, LeBron James‘ teams have lost Game 1 in five straight Finals and rallied to win three of them, including last year against the Warriors.

Game 1 has been won by the home team in 11 of the last 12 Finals.

–David DeChant


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