2019 NBA Finals Betting Preview: Warriors Vs. Raptors
Finally, here we are at the 2019 NBA Championship Finals between the Golden State Warriors and the Toronto Raptors. This will be a very exciting and competitive NBA Finals to bet on.
The Warriors dominated the Trail Blazers 4-0, as the Eastern Conference Finals took a bit longer to be settled. The Toronto Raptors, on the back of star forward Kawhi Leonard, managed to take care of the Milwaukee Bucks in six games after falling down 2-0.
Now, we move onto the Finals. The Warriors will look to repeat for the third time in three straight seasons. Toronto will look to make the most out of their first ever NBA Finals appearance.
Injury Issues Heading Into The NBA Finals
Kevin Durant injured his right calf in the first round of the postseason and has already been ruled out for Game 1 of the Finals. There is some speculation that Durant could return before series is over, as there are longer breaks between the games. However, based on the timetable and severity of his sprain – that seems highly unlikely.
Forward DeMarcus Cousins is another story. He has yet to be ruled out for Game 1. It’s still unlikely he suits up for the first game of the series, but his chances of returning seem to be a lot better than Durant’s. Cousins has stated he’s “healthy enough” to play. I think we will see him in this series, but his effectiveness and minutes are up for debate.
Toronto has far fewer injuries compared to Golden State, but they may get a nice boost in backup forward, OG Anunoby. Anunoby will return at some point during the season. He has missed all the playoff games so far after undergoing an emergency appendectomy in mid-April.
Warriors Vs. Raptors – NBA Finals Series Price And Prediction
Toronto opened as a -2 favorite in NBA Finals Game 1, but that is a number that has gone to -1 at most sportsbooks as of this writing. The Warriors are the favorite to win the title, but let’s not forget that they did not have a better regular season record than the Raptors, so if this one goes to seven games, it’s going to be played at the Scotiabank Arena.
The Warriors are a firm favorite the series at -290 to win at all. Bettors will be able to get Toronto at +235 to win the NBA Championship at MyBookie.ag. Even with KD likely out the series, bettor seem quite confident in wagering on Golden State to win the title. However, I don’t think the Raptors are getting enough credit in this series.
NBA Finals Series Prices
A Great Match Up For The Finals Series
They match up quite well with the Warriors, who are much smaller up front and may find themselves at quite the rebounding disadvantage in this series. Also, Toronto is one of the few NBA teams that play extraordinary defense. They have two former Defensive Players of the Year in Leonard and Gasol and other excellent defenders in Danny Green and Serge Ibaka.
They will also have major problems with Kawhi Leonard on both sides of the ball. Leonard has made amazing decisions throughout the playoffs and rallied his team against Milwaukee after being down 2-0. He’s one of the best isolation scorers in the league and is also capable of locking down an opponent defensively, whether it be an elite guard or forward. I can’t see a way that the Warriors slow him down, even if they end up winning this series.
I mentioned home-court advantage above, but I truly think it holds more value in this series than many others. Few even realize that the game will go to Toronto for Game 7 and the crazy atmosphere that the Scotiabank Arena has become.
All and all, there is a lot of value betting on the Raptors in this series at +235.
2019 NBA Finals Schedule
|GAME SCHEDULE||MATCHUP||DATE||TIME (ET)|
|Game 1||Warriors at Raptors||Thur, May 30, 2019||9:00 PM|
|Game 2||Warriors at Raptors||Sun, June 2, 2019||8:00 PM|
|Game 3||Raptors at Warriors||Wed, June 5, 2019||9:00 PM|
|Game 4||Raptors at Warriors||Fri, June 7, 2019||9:00 PM|
|*Game 5||Warriors at Raptors||Mon, June 10, 2019||9:00 PM|
|*Game 6||Raptors at Warriors||Thur, June 13, 2019||8:00 PM|
|*Game 7||Warriors at Raptors||Sun, June 16, 2019||9:00 PM|