The Golden State Warriors take for the 2019 NBA Championship on the Toronto Raptors.
The Warriors will be looking to win their third straight title and their fourth in the past five years, while the Raptors will want to win their first-ever title. The Warriors got past the Clippers, Rockets and Trail Blazers to win the Western Conference, while the Raptors defeated the Magic, 76ers, and Bucks to win the Eastern Conference. Golden State is about a 3-1 favorite to win the best-of-seven series, but the Raptors will have the home-court advantage.
The Warriors will be without Kevin Durant for at least the first match of the show, but Golden State still has a potent lineup comprising Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, and Draymond Green. Golden State may get Durant back at a certain stage in the show and they may also get DeMarcus Cousins back from injury.
The Raptors are led by Kawhi Leonard who has been magnificent in the playoffs, averaging 31.2 points and 8.8 rebounds per game. Toronto has additionally become a strong play of late from copy guard Fred VanVleet who has scored in double-figures in three consecutive games.
Golden State might be without Durant, but so long as they’ve Curry in the lineup they are tough to beat. Curry is averaging 35.8 points in the previous five Golden State wins. The Raptors defeated the Warriors in both regular-season meetings, winning 131-128 at home in late November and 113-93 at Golden State in mid-December.
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