Golden State Warriors can join a select group of teams to claim an NBA ‘three-peat’ if they can land a third successive Championship by overcoming Toronto Raptors in the Finals Series.
The Raptors have home advantage in the best-of-seven series and will be looking to make that count in Game 1 in Toronto on Thursday. The Warriors will be without two-time reigning NBA Finals MVP Kevin Durant for the series opener, but he may return in Game 2 and Golden State have impressed in his absence with a 4-0 series sweep over Portland Trail Blazers in the Conference Finals.
Toronto may have home advantage but the Warriors can still come through this test and defend the title. The Raptors have never won a Championship, while Golden State have plenty of big game experience and usually rise to the occasion, losing just once in total in the last two Finals Series, beating Cleveland Cavaliers 4-0 last year and 4-1 in 2017.
Toronto did win the regular season series 2-0, but Golden State step up when it really counts and they can beat a -1.5 handicap in the series spread this year.
Toronto fought back from 2-0 down to defeat Milwaukee Bucks 4-2 in the previous round and have shown real fight to make it this far.
The Raptors have a former Champion and Finals MVP in Kawhi Leonard and he will be key to their chances, but Golden State are full of star names and after a tough series with Houston Rockets look to be battle-hardened.
GSW have had more time off to prepare for this series after finishing the job against the Blazers in the minimum four games, while Toronto were taken to six by Milwaukee and have played two more games in total. That could also be a factor as the series progresses and a 4-2 win for Golden State in the exact score market appeals.
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