How to win in the NBA Finals with the Heat and Thunder?

The NBA Finals are over, and it’s time to get ready to go for the championship.

Here’s everything you need to know.


Miami Heat Heat vs. Oklahoma City Thunder (Thursday, June 7 at 7:30 p.m.

ET): Both teams were seeded to the NBA Playoffs, which is how it’s been since the 2012 NBA Finals.

The Heat went on to make the Finals for the second time in the past three years and advanced to the Western Conference Finals, where they lost to the defending champion Golden State Warriors.

But the Thunder beat the Warriors in seven games, and they’ll face the Heat again in the Finals this year.

Miami’s win streak is now 18 games, which ties a franchise record.


Oklahoma State Cowboys vs. Charlotte Hornets (Thursday/Saturday, June 8 at 6:30 a.m.: ET): The Cowboys and Hornets will face off for the third time in four years.

Both teams are seeded to make their first-round playoff series.

In the past five years, the Cowboys have advanced to three NBA Finals, and the Hornets have won one of those championships.


Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Toronto Raptors (Thursday night, June 9 at 8:30:30 ET): This will be the fourth time the Cavs have played in the Western Division Finals.

In each of the past four years, Cleveland has advanced to a Western Conference Final.

The Raptors have won two of those games, though, and this will be their first trip to the Finals since 2008.


Memphis Grizzlies vs. San Antonio Spurs (Thursday evening, June 10 at 9:30pm ET): While both teams have made the NBA Playoff for the first time since the 2011-12 season, this will mark the first meeting between these two franchises since the Spurs swept the Grizzlies in the 2010 NBA Finals on the final day of the regular season.

Memphis won the series that year, and in the rematch, the Spurs won the title.


Detroit Pistons vs. Golden State Golden State won the NBA title in 2008.

The Warriors went on a winning streak of 10 straight games from Dec. 2 to March 31, 2009.

But after losing to the Spurs in the first round the following season, the Warriors had their best season in recent memory.


Miami Bulls vs. Cleveland Indians (Friday night, May 12 at 8 p., ET): It’s been a long time coming, and a tough one for the Miami Heat.

In 2013, the Heat beat the Cleveland Indians in seven regular-season games, but the next year the Heat lost to Boston in the American League Championship Series.

The Indians won that series in six games, while Miami was swept in five.


Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Chicago Blackhawks (Friday, May 14 at 8 pm ET): For the third straight year, the Toronto Maple Leaf will be in the spotlight for a big game.

The Maple Leafs won the 2016 Stanley Cup with the help of superstar Connor McDavid, who led the team to the Stanley Cup Final in 2017.


Minnesota Timberwolves vs. Philadelphia 76ers (Thursday and Saturday, June 5 at 7 p.s.: ET and 10 p.p.m.): The Timberwolves and Sixers will face it out in the 2018 NBA Playoffs.

In 2017, the Timberwolves won the first two games of their series, but were swept in six.

The Sixers won the second two games in 2018, but fell in six, too.


Los Angeles Clippers vs. New York Knicks (Friday at 8 a.u.m., ET): With the Los Angeles Lakers set to play in the 2019 NBA Finals and the Knicks set to take on the Los Angels Lakers in 2019, this is a chance for the Clippers to put their title hopes in the rearview mirror.

This will mark just the third meeting between the two teams in the modern era.

The Lakers won the 2018 Western Conference finals, but won the 2017 Eastern Conference Finals in six Game 7s.


Philadelphia Flyers vs. Los Angles Clippers (Friday/Saturday at 10 a.p., ET) It’s not going to be easy for the Flyers to beat the Clippers in the playoffs, as they have not made the playoffs since 2007.

However, this game will give fans a chance to see the Flyers at their best and get a feel for what the future holds for the franchise.


Boston Celtics vs. Brooklyn Nets (Thursday at 4 p.y., ET/5 p.a.): The Celtics and Nets will meet in the 2017 NBA Finals for just the second meeting in the franchise’s history.

Boston won the 2009 NBA Championship in five games, with the Nets finishing the regular-year season strong with an NBA-best 52 wins.


San Francisco Giants vs. Phoenix Suns (Friday morning, June 6 at 5:30 pm ET/6 This will only be the second matchup between the Giants and Suns since the 2009 Western Conference semifinals.

The Giants won in five, while