MANILA, Philippines – The Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers meet for the first time this NBA season when both teams square off at the Quicken Loans Arena on Christmas Day (December 26, Monday, Manila time).
The Dubs and Cavs have met in each of the last two NBA Finals. Last season, LeBron James and company came back from a 1-3 deficit in the series to end Cleveland’s 52-year pro sports title drought.
Golden State now looks different with the addition of Kevin Durant, who has helped the Warriors get to the top of their conference standings once again. Cleveland, meanwhile, also tops the East, making the showdown between both sides arguably the most exciting bout for Christmas.
Here’s what you need to know ahead of the game: