King LeBron James hopes to force Game 7 in action-packed NBA Finals but Stephen Curry is still odds-on to retain crown
- Golden State Warriors can retain trophy by beating Cleveland in Game 6
- The reigning champions go into Thursday night's game with a 3-2 lead
- Best-of-seven game series will be decided on Sunday if Cleveland win
The NBA Finals between reigning champions Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers is drawing to a close with Game 6 set to be an epic battle at the Quicken Loans Arena in Ohio.
LeBron James and his team-mates will be hoping they can level the best-of-seven game series on Thursday night by protecting their home court to make it 3-3.
Stephen Curry, on the other hand, has labelled the upcoming Game 6 'the biggest game of my career' as he looks to retain the prestigious Larry O'Brien Trophy.
Here, Sportsmail answers the key questions surrounding the NBA Finals ahead of Thursday night's Game 6 in Cleveland.
So, how did the two franchises make it to the Finals?
Both franchises topped their respective conferences after the 82-game regular season to make it to the NBA Playoffs as top seeds.
Golden State Warriors, from the Western Conference, defeated Houston Rockets (4-1), Portland Trail Blazers (4-1) and Oklahoma City Thunder (4-3) to progress to the Finals during the Playoffs stage.
Cleveland Cavaliers set up a tie with Golden State by beating Detroit Pistons and Atlanta Hawks 4-0 before securing a place in the Finals with a 4-2 victory over Toronto Raptors.
LeBron James practises ahead of Thursday night's crucial showdown between Cleveland and Golden State
Golden State Warriors' Stephen Curry has labelled the match as the biggest of his career thus far
Why are there so many games in the Finals?
It's a best-of-seven series so the first franchise to secure four victories wins the tie, which is the same process throughout the Playoffs.
Golden State Warriors have home court advantage, meaning four of the prospective seven games will take place at their home arena, because they won both their showdowns with Cleveland during the regular season.
If Cleveland level the score in Game 6 then they will have to beat Golden State at the Oracle Arena in Game 7 on Sunday.
Who has won the first five Games?
Golden State raced into a 3-1 lead but failed to end the series in Game 5 on Monday.
Both LeBron and Kyrie Irving scored 41 points apiece to ensure they prolonged the series at least until Thursday night.
Thursday June 2 - Golden State Warriors won 104-89 @ Oracle Arena
Sunday June 5 - Golden State Warriors won 110-77 @ Oracle Arena
Wednesday June 8 - Cleveland Cavaliers won 120-90 @ Quicken Loans Arena
Friday June 10 - Golden State Warriors won 108-97 @ Quicken Loans Arena
Monday June 13 - Cleveland Cavaliers won 112-97 @ Oracle Arena
Who will be the stars of the show on Thursday night?
Draymond Green will be back and raring to go after sitting out Game Five due to suspension. He claims Golden State would have won the title had he been playing. NBA's MVP Curry is their leading player with Klay Thompson also capable of changing a game.
Cleveland have King James as well as the aforementioned Irving and Kevin Love on their roster.
James (left) and Kyrie Irving (right) embrace after forcing Game 6 with a victory at the Oracle Arena
Warriors star Draymond Green will feature in Game 6 after missing Game 5 due to a suspension
ODDS ARE AGAINST CLEVELAND
History is against Cleveland Cavaliers as no team in an NBA Finals series has come back from 3-1 down to win. All 32 previous teams who have been in that situation have lost after falling behind while only two teams have forced a Game 7.
Where can I watch Thursday night's game?
Game 6 will be broadcast live on BT Sport on Thursday night (2am Friday morning UK time). Coverage starts at 1:30am on BT Sport 1.
For the first time, NBA fans can purchase individual games of the NBA Finals via NBA League Pass for just £7.99.
What happens if Cleveland level the series?
The series will be decided at the Warriors' Oracle Arena on Sunday if Cleveland do manage to make it 3-3.
Golden State are 1/5 on to retain the trophy while Cleveland are outsiders at 7/2 with Sky Bet. What ever happens, it has been an action-packed series which has captivated the NBA audience.
Game 7 will not be played if Golden State Warriors manage to make it 4-2.
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