Those odds - set by people whose livelihoods depend on being correct - make a clear statement: the Warriors shouldn't just win the title, they should coast to a championship.
King James stands in the way of a Warriors repeat, just as he did in spoiling that quest for Golden State and leading the Cavs to a championship two years ago with a Game 7 win on the Warriors' home court, where they have now won 17 of the last 18 postseason games. But the team's brass believes the strides that were made this season both on and off the floor, giving the Rockets a huge advantage moving into another important offseason.
So, Golden State held a serious team chat and got it together at last.
Both teams face significant injury concerns: Golden State defensive stopper and 2015 Finals MVP Andre Iguodala was ruled out for Game 1 with a bone bruise in his left knee, while Love remains in the NBA's concussion protocol with his status uncertain. Does LeBron have one more of those in him?
Starting point guard George Hill was a massive upgrade over Isaiah Thomas, who was a sieve on the defensive end. "If I score two points or play two minutes, it's about winning". But Hill stands a chance of actually getting a stop against the Warriors' star guard, so that's an upgrade.
Morey wouldn't rule out making changes to the roster.
Only Houston has attempted more shots from beyond the arc than the Cavs this postseason and that over-reliance on three-pointers proved to be its downfall in Game 7, as the Rockets missed an astonishing 37 out of 44 efforts from long range. Whether they are the high-end ones, or they are the Luc Mbah a Moutes or Gerald Greens from this year, that can come in and be real key competitors.
It will take a Herculean effort to beat the Warriors. "To me, Houston wasn't just one half away from advancing to the Finals".
James has willed his Cavs this far, saying, "I don't know how I can compare it to other seasons because I can only think about this one in the present". "But you know what, he'll be back and he'll be back 100 percent and we'll be ready to go". The Warriors handily won Game 6 at home (as most expected), outlasted a exhausted and shorthanded Rockets side in Game 7, and the rest was history.
For the fourth straight season, the Cavs and Warriors have advanced to the best-of-seven series to decide the National Basketball Association championship.
But give Cleveland a game early, and they could take two.