The NBA Finals begin tonight, and the teams will be familiar even if some of the faces aren't.

The Golden State Warriors played in every finals from 2015 to 2019 and are back after a couple of years away.

The Boston Celtics haven't gotten this far for a dozen years, but are making their 22nd trip to the finals as a franchise.

It's a matchup between a blistering offense and a juggernaut defense — a Cuisinart vs. a woodchipper

Neither team were favored to get here — the Celtics, WGBH notes, with an ugly 20-21 record halfway through the season, and the Warriors were only the No. 3 seed in the West.

But the Warriors were steady as they fought past Ja Morant's Memphis Grizzlies and Luka Doncic's Dallas Mavericks.

The Celtics won three elimination games, won seven games on the road — including last Sunday in Miami to clinch a spot in the finals," Goldman said.

Still, he said, the Warriors are viewed as having a narrow edge in what should be a closely fought series.

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