Golden State Warriors star Stephen Curry is confident his team can overcome Boston in the NBA Finals but insists they will not underestimate the Celtics.
Golden State are 20/31 to win the series with a -1.5 games handicap and Curry is 10/11 to be the Finals MVP.
The Warriors have experience on their side going into the best-of-seven match-up with Boston, as a number of members of the team are three-time champions and were members of the roster who reached five consecutive Finals Series between 2015 and 2019.
In contrast, the Celtics are contesting their first Finals Series since 2010 and they have had a tougher route to this stage as they were taken to seven games by Miami Heat in the Conference Finals and by Milwaukee Bucks in the previous round.
Boston have played two games more than Golden State in the playoffs and were last in action on Sunday in their Game 7 against Miami, while the Dubs have had three extra days rest to prepare for the Finals after overcoming Dallas Mavericks 4-1.
Golden State also have home court advantage after finishing with the better regular season record and are heavily fancied to go on and claim a fourth championship in eight years but Curry expects a stern test against the Celtics.
The All-Star guard has highlighted Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown as Boston's key men, but he feels they have quality throughout their team and he is well aware the Warriors will have to be on top form to secure the title.
"[They] got some guys playing at a really high level, very well-rounded team, they got the size," said Curry, as reported by NBC Sports. "We like the matchup in terms of confidence going in, knowing we can win, but there's obvious respect in terms of what they present as a team.
"Tatum and Brown are the heads of the snake, Marcus Smart does what he does, you got some vets, Al Horford who has been in the league a long time and in his first Finals appearance so I'm sure they're motivated just like we are and we're excited to get things going."
Game 1 of the NBA Finals series takes place at the Chase Center in San Francisco on Thursday, with the game due to start at around 2am on Friday morning for viewers in the UK.