Everything that has happened this 2018-19 NBA season all comes to an end in June as the Toronto Raptors and Golden State Warriors play off for the title.
The Raptors have made it to the NBA Finals for the first time in franchise history after they defeated the Milwaukee Bucks 4-2 despite losing the first two matches.
The Warriors are the first team in more than 50 years to play in five consecutive finals series, although they have some way to go before they match the record of 10 set by the Boston Celtics in the 1950s and ’60s.
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Toronto will start with home court advantage and play four home matches if the series goes to seven games, as they finished with one more win than GSW in the regular season.
Although the Raptors have the great Kawhi Leonard, who was the NBA Finals MVP with the San Antonio Spurs back in 2014, the Warriors have a few handy players of their own.
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Steph Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green are all playing very good basketball and were critical in the sweep against the Portland Trail Blazers.
Mystery still surrounds Kevin Durant, who is out with a calf sprain that has become worse than expected.
If Durant plays every match, the Raptors will have a very difficult time trying to quell all the scorers on the Golden State starting five.
Pascal Siakam and Kyle Lowry lifted for Toronto in their win over the Bucks, but no player was as influential as Fred VanVleet, who after the birth of his son nailed 14/17 threes in a three-match stretch, essentially winning the series.
Golden State have everything going for them – the star players, the extra rest and the NBA Finals experience – but the Raptors have Kawhi, who has the ability to win games of basketball.
2019 NBA Finals betting predictions
Series to go to six games – +260 at Bovada
Golden State 4-2 series correct score – +225
Kawhi Leonard for most series points – +130
Steph Curry for NBA Finals MVP – -192.31
Golden State to win outright – -303.03
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