JEFF BIRMINGHAM/Associated Press The NBA’s MVP award, which goes to the player who best exemplifies a team’s season, is on the line on Thursday night when the Golden State Warriors host the Chicago Bulls in Game 7 of the Western Conference finals.
The Golden State-Chicago series is tied 3-3, with the Warriors having won the last two meetings.
The Bulls have won six straight games, and have been able to avoid losing to the Warriors since losing 101-89 on Nov. 13.
The MVP race between Steph Curry and Klay Thompson has been a contentious one throughout the playoffs.
The Warriors won three games in a row to open the series with a 109-101 victory on Wednesday, and the two teams have a 5-2 lead in the best-of-seven series.
Thompson leads the league with 18.9 points per game, and Curry is fifth with 16.2.
The NBA is in the midst of an overhaul of its voting rules.
The final four teams from each conference will qualify for the playoffs by winning a single playoff game.
The Western Conference champions will play the top-seeded team from each of the conferences who finishes with the same number of regular-season wins and the best record.
The teams from the other conferences will play for the NBA championship in a best-on-best playoff format, with teams from both conferences playing each other for the second straight year.
The winner of the two Western Conference playoff series advances to the finals in a three-game series.
The NBA is looking to make changes to its voting system, which allows the league to award the MVP and Finals MVP.
It is not clear whether the changes will be made to its postseason voting rules as well.