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NBA Finals 2016: Will It Be a Cavaliers vs Spurs Rematch?

While it's March Madness right now in the college basketball world, things are still crazy in the NBA. 

The playoffs are coming up, and teams are fighting for playoff spots. It has many scrambling of how the playoff seedings will turn out and who will be the favorites for the NBA Finals, such as for websites like William Hill - the home of online betting

We have the Chicago Bulls fighting for an eighth seed, as well as many other teams in the Eastern Conference trying to place themselves away from a seventh or eighth seed so they can avoid the Cleveland Cavaliers. 

There is also the Toronto Raptors looking to steal the first seed spot away from Cleveland in the playoffs, but will they have what it takes to even make it to the Eastern Conference Finals, let alone facing the LeBron-led Cavs?

In the Western Conference, we have the Golden State Warriors chasing history trying to break the Chicago Bulls' 1995-96 regular season record of 72 wins in a season. With where they are at right now, getting to 73 victories is not out of the question. 

However, there is also the San Antonio Spurs, who are not lagging far behind. They just defeated the Warriors in their last meeting. While all signs point to them likely finishing with the second seed, they are not to be slept on when it comes to the postseason.

In fact, I think the Spurs are probably the favorites to win it all this year. Thanks to the Warriors' historic season, many have been sleeping on how good this San Antonio team really is, just like when they took home the Larry O'Brien Trophy in the 2014 NBA Finals versus the Miami Heat.

With how things go in the West, it will most likely be Golden State facing San Antonio for the Conference Finals. While it's hard to bet on Stephen Curry and the Warriors, I think I will have to take the Spurs when it comes to a seven-game series. 

The team is deep enough and experienced to compete with the Warriors, who could be drained from a pressure-driven regular season and likely two tough postseason series (especially if they face a team like the Oklahoma City Thunder or Houston Rockets). 

The Spurs showed dominance in their win over Golden State in their last meeting, and I think Gregg Popovich has what it takes to direct this team in a seven-game playoff series. It's enough to stop, or at least contain, this high-powered scoring machine. 

As for the East, I think you can already book in the Cavaliers to be in the Conference Finals at the bare minimum. No matter how many struggles they have presumably gone through this season, and they have enough talent and leadership through LeBron to get to the East Finals. 

The question will be of who they face. Many are picking Toronto, but I would not be surprised if the Miami Heat or Indiana Pacers make a run at it as well. But seeing as how the past few seasons have gone in the East, all signs point to being the Raptors.

For a Cavs-Raptors Finals, I think it can be close, but I don't think Toronto stands much of a shot for a seven-game series. Cleveland will ultimately overpower in this series. The closest I see this series is if Toronto can force a Game 6, but that is it. 

I expect a sweep or a five-game series win for the Cavaliers, as they advance to their second straight trip to the Finals (and a sixth straight for LeBron). 

With that, we have our 2007 NBA Finals rematch of the Cavaliers versus the Spurs. It will be the second meeting between the two teams, and a fourth between LeBron and Tim Duncan on the biggest stage. 

James' teams are currently 1-2 versus the Spurs in the Finals. Their first appearance in 2007 ended in a sweep in the Spurs' favor. The next time LeBron and Duncan faced off was in 2013, where the Heat stunned the Spurs after a huge Game 6 win and then taking it home in Game 7.

2014 went entirely in Duncan's and the Spurs' favor, with San Antonio winning easily in five games. LeBron's Heat were no match, and it led to the four-time MVP returning home to Cleveland the following offseason.

James single-handedly carried the Cavaliers to two victories last year in the Finals versus Golden State, but it wasn't enough for the Warriors' deep squad, who won in six games. 

If the Cavaliers and Spurs face off this year in the Finals, can Cleveland deliver? The Spurs will obviously be the favorites in this series. Seeing as LeBron will have a healthy Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love alongside him for the whole series, the Cavs can at the very least force a seven-game series if they play their cards right.

But the Spurs team is full of deep talent. Their bench is probably the best in the league, and the Spurs' new core of LaMarcus Alridge and Kawhi Leonard fits perfectly with the one of past of Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili.

It seems like it's set in stone for a Warriors-Cavs rematch, but watch out for San Antonio.

If this series were to happen, it's definitely set up to be a classic one. 

-- Josh Dhani

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