Stephen Curry and the Warriors are making a return trip to the NBA Finals after beating Oklahoma City 96-88 in Game 7 on Monday night.
Golden State has opened as clear favorites in Vegas to repeat after becoming just the tenth team in NBA history to overcome a 3-1 series deficit. The Dubs are -210 favorites (bet $210 to win $100) to top the Cleveland Cavaliers for the championship.
There is a lot to like about the 73-win Warriors. In addition to setting the single season record for wins, the team boasts the two-time MVP in Curry. Golden State dominated opponents in the regular season with a point differential of 10.8 points (5th best all-time) and they can make it rain from outside – made a record 1,077 three pointers in the regular season.
For all of Golden State’s accomplishments, history tells us to be weary of a team that just won a series in seven games. Looking through our historical database, there are 33 teams that won a NBA Playoff series in seven games and played another series in the same postseason.
Of those 33 teams, only 13 went on to win the next series.
Why? Maybe the team is fatigued after playing a seven game series or the flaws that required the team to go the distance in the previous series are too much to overcome in the next.
Golden State is no ordinary team but can the Warriors best history and the fate of so many previous Game 7 winners?
We will find out tonight night when the NBA Finals tip off.
|Year||Round||Winner||Loser||Won Next Series?|
|2016||Western Conf Finals||Golden State Warriors||Oklahoma City Thunder||?|
|2016||Eastern Conf SemiFinals||Toronto Raptors||Miami Heat||No|
|2016||Eastern Conf 1st Round||Toronto Raptors||Indiana Pacers||Yes|
|2016||Eastern Conf 1st Round||Miami Heat||Charlotte Hornets||No|
|2015||Western Conf SemiFinals||Houston Rockets||Los Angeles Clippers||No|
|2015||Western Conf 1st Round||Los Angeles Clippers||San Antonio Spurs||No|
|2014||Eastern Conf 1st Round||Brooklyn Nets||Toronto Raptors||No|
|2014||Western Conf 1st Round||San Antonio Spurs||Dallas Mavericks||Yes|
|2014||Eastern Conf 1st Round||Indiana Pacers||Atlanta Hawks||Yes|
|2014||Western Conf 1st Round||Oklahoma City Thunder||Memphis Grizzlies||Yes|
|2014||Western Conf 1st Round||Los Angeles Clippers||Golden State Warriors||No|
|2013||Eastern Conf Finals||Miami Heat||Indiana Pacers||Yes|
|2013||Eastern Conf 1st Round||Chicago Bulls||Brooklyn Nets||No|
|2012||Eastern Conf Finals||Miami Heat||Boston Celtics||Yes|
|2012||Eastern Conf SemiFinals||Boston Celtics||Philadelphia 76ers||No|
|2012||Western Conf 1st Round||Los Angeles Clippers||Memphis Grizzlies||No|
|2012||Western Conf 1st Round||Los Angeles Lakers||Denver Nuggets||No|
|2011||Western Conf SemiFinals||Oklahoma City Thunder||Memphis Grizzlies||No|
|2010||Eastern Conf 1st Round||Atlanta Hawks||Milwaukee Bucks||No|
|2009||Eastern Conf SemiFinals||Orlando Magic||Boston Celtics||Yes|
|2009||Western Conf SemiFinals||Los Angeles Lakers||Houston Rockets||Yes|
|2009||Eastern Conf 1st Round||Atlanta Hawks||Miami Heat||No|
|2009||Eastern Conf 1st Round||Boston Celtics||Chicago Bulls||No|
|2008||Western Conf SemiFinals||San Antonio Spurs||New Orleans Pelicans||No|
|2008||Eastern Conf SemiFinals||Boston Celtics||Cleveland Cavaliers||Yes|
|2008||Eastern Conf 1st Round||Boston Celtics||Atlanta Hawks||Yes|
|2007||Western Conf 1st Round||Utah Jazz||Houston Rockets||Yes|
|2006||Western Conf SemiFinals||Dallas Mavericks||San Antonio Spurs||Yes|
|2006||Western Conf SemiFinals||Phoenix Suns||Los Angeles Clippers||No|
|2006||Eastern Conf SemiFinals||Detroit Pistons||Cleveland Cavaliers||No|
|2006||Western Conf 1st Round||Phoenix Suns||Los Angeles Lakers||Yes|
|2005||Eastern Conf Finals||Detroit Pistons||Miami Heat||No|
|2005||Eastern Conf 1st Round||Indiana Pacers||Boston Celtics||No|
|2005||Western Conf 1st Round||Dallas Mavericks||Houston Rockets||No|