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Stephen Curry, left, of Golden State Warriors, with the ball against LeBron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 1 of the 2016 NBA Finals at ORACLE Arena on June 2, 2016 in Oakland, California. (Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

NBA and NHL finals predictions

Eight months to the day since Toronto and Golden State opened the preseason in Rogers Arena, the NBA Finals will begin Thursday in Oakland with the rubber match series between the two teams everyone has expected to meet all season long.