Toronto Raptors and Golden State Warriors Play the NBA Finals 2019Published May 30, 2019 by Florin P
The Toronto Raptors and the Golden State Warriors meet in the first match of the NBA finals, with the Warriors slightly favorite on the road.
The NBA playoffs have been a truly exciting affair, especially in the Eastern Conference, where Toronto Raptors have exceeded all expectations. They have trailed Milwaukee throughout the regular season and have finished second, behind the Bucks, but emerged victorious in the playoffs. Meanwhile, the Golden State Warriors have cruised to another predictable final in the Western Conference. The tables are now set for an epic confrontation between two of the most successful teams and we have a clear favorite.
The First Match is played on Friday Morning
NBA fans will have no problem in waking up early at night, as the opening match of the Grand Final is scheduled for 2 AM UK time. On this Friday morning, Toronto will try to make the most of home pitch advantage and claimed first victory. Even though they have finished second, behind Milwaukee, the Raptors have won 58 matches during the regular season, compared to only 57 for Golden State Warriors. This, however, won’t change their underdog status in the opening match, or in the series.
888 Sport offers odds of 11/10 on Toronto Raptors to capitalize on the fact that they had the support of their fans in the first match. The Canadians have the advantage of winning both matches this season and they will have the support of their entire country. It is important to highlight the fact that this is the only team from Canada and that has managed to qualify to the NBA finals. In front of their fans, the Raptors have been exceptionally good throughout the season and they surely have a fighting chance.
The Golden State Warriors will Win the Series
There are indeed plenty of matches yet to be played, but we already make a bold prediction by anticipating another Golden State Warriors victory. It is relevant that in the opening match played on the road they are given odds of 9/10 by bet365 Sports. Overall, the bookmaker offers significantly lower odds on the West Coast team to claim another victory in the decisive act of the NBA playoffs. We think that the most likely scenario is a Golden State victory in six matches, with trials in all three home games.
Kevin Durant is still mending his injuries, but if he returns to form, he will be a huge asset for the team. Even in his absence, the squad has performed exceptionally well and the Warriors only need to contain Kawhi Leonard and Kyle Lowry. Golden State fans are entitled to expect another stellar performance from Draymond Green a player that has often carried his team. Then, of course, there is Stephen Curry, a player that on a good day can single-handedly dismantle any team, including the Toronto Raptors.