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NBA Finals Cavaliers at Spurs

June 07, 2007

2007 NBA Finals Game 1 - Cleveland Cavaliers at San Antonio Spurs (-7, 180) 9:00 ET

Tony Parker of the SpursThe NBA Playoffs have reached their pinnacle, as the Cavaliers and Spurs will square off in a 7-game series to decide basketball's world championship.

Both teams are surprise participants, at least according to the odds that were set at the outset of the playoffs some six weeks ago, as it was supposed to be Detroit & Dallas now fighting for the Larry O'Brien Trophy.

With Game 1 slated for Thursday night on ABC at 8:05 PM ET, the Spurs find themselves as an 8-point home favorite and accompanied by a series price of 380 at

Cleveland has reached the NBA Finals for the first time by virtue of an impressive 12-3 SU & 11-3-1 ATS run during the playoffs. In fact, the Cavaliers will come in on a 7-game ATS winning streak, having covered the oddsmakers' number in every game of the East Finals vs. Detroit.

They won the last four games outright to take that series. Lebron James has of course been the catalyst, and many experts are pointing to this title series as the official baptism to stardom for the Cavaliers' forward. Cleveland was a +340 underdog to reach this point when the playoffs began.

While James may be the Finals' most recognizable star, he may not even be the best player. That honor might belong to Tim Duncan, the more unassuming of the elite pair.

The "Big Fundamental" is in search of his fourth title as a pro, and quite honestly, has a better supporting cast around him to get it done.

The Spurs dispatched of Denver, Phoenix, and Utah on their way to the title series. San Antonio has been nearly as impressive as Cleveland, going 12-4 SU & 11-4-1 ATS in its playoff surge.

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