It’s the Golden State Warriors vs. Toronto Raptors in the 2019 NBA Finals, with game two of the series scheduled for tipoff on Sunday, June 2.
Few are surprised that the Warriors are playing for the 2019 title: Stephen Curry, Draymond Green, Klay Thompson, and Co. have made it to the NBA Finals every year since 2015 and won three out of the four series they’ve played for the championship. With a 2019 NBA title win, the Golden State Warriors would be champs three years in a row, and four times in the last five years.
It’s quite a different story for the Toronto Raptors. The franchise, which has been around only since 1995, is playing in its first NBA Finals series ever this year, thanks to recent additions to the team including All-Stars Kawhi Leonard and Marc Gasol.
As for the 2019 NBA Finals betting odds, the Warriors were named as favorites to win the championship over the Raptors, even though Golden State may not have the help of a fully healthy two-time NBA Finals MVP Kevin Durant — who is expected to sit out at least game one of the series.
However, the first two 2019 NBA Finals games are being played in Toronto, and the Raptors came through with a 118-109 game one victory over the Warriors. The Raptors now lead the 2019 NBA Finals 1-0, and some say that the series is essentially a “pick-em,” or perhaps even give Toronto the edge because it has home-court advantage.
Warriors’ guard Stephen Curry, who is averaging over 27 points per game in this year’s playoffs, is the favorite to walk away with the MVP Award. But that is highly unlikely to happen if the Warriors lose the NBA championship to the Raptors.
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