NBA Finals: Toronto Raptors One Win Away From HistoryPublished June 10, 2019 by Sol FH
The Raptors are winning 3-1 as the series heads back to Ontario tonight at 2:00 GMT for Game 5 of the NBA Finals.
It is the first ever NBA International Finals'. The first time the Toronto Raptors have ever been to an NBA Finals'. It is the first time that the Golden State Warriors have been down 3-1 in an NBA Finals in what critics thought was going to be an easy sweep before Game 1. Toronto, its fans, its energy, and of course, the players and coaches have really changed the game this season. The combination of these ingredients is what is giving the Raptors that 'special sauce' and giving them that extra boost needed to defeat a team like the Warriors.
Durant Coming Back?
The biggest question going into Game 5 is whether or not Kevin Durant will be playing. He took practice over the weekend with the younger players on the roster to help gauge his "minor" calf strain, which has had him sidelined for the last month. The Warriors are in need of something to change this series around, and Durant may be exactly what the Dr. ordered.
Steph Curry and Klay Thompson have been at it as the "Splash Brothers," but, Kawhi Leonard is the "Dynasty Killer," leading the Raptors to this lead, not leaving much chance left for the Warriors to 3-peat.
The Odds Have Swung
Punters that bet with the Raptors this year have been pleasantly rewarded. The Warriors were big favorites to win this year, and, talks of a sweep were standard. Even Shaquille O'Neal, Charles Barkey, and the others on 'Inside the NBA' have been shocked.
The energy in Toronto has been intense. Residents are saying that the city feels electric, and, much more full than usual. There is something about having an underdog in such a dominant position that brings out the best in people. The Raptors' fans have been terrific and are a big reason for their teams' success.
NBA Finals Odds
bet365 Sports has posted odds for tonight's Game 5, and the Raptors are favorites to beat the Warriors at 1.80. The Warriors are at 2.05, but, this is not the place that we are used to seeing. If Durant is on the court tonight, it could throw the Raptors off a bit, but, bet with the Canadian team as they are on a high that few teams can stop.