The Golden State Warriors take on the Toronto Raptors for Its 2019 NBA Championship.
The Warriors will be looking to win their third straight title and their fourth in the last five years, although the Raptors will want to win their first-ever title. The Warriors got beyond 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 show, but the Raptors will possess the home-court benefit.
The Warriors will be without Kevin Durant for the first match of this series, but Golden State still has a potent lineup featuring Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, and Draymond Green. Golden State could get Durant back at a certain stage in the series and they might also get DeMarcus Cousins back from harm.
The Raptors are led by Kawhi Leonard who has been spectacular in the playoffs, averaging 31.2 points and 8.8 rebounds per game. Toronto has additionally become a powerful play of late from backup guard Fred VanVleet that has scored in double-figures in three straight games.
Golden State might be without Durant, but so long as they’ve Curry at the lineup they are hard 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 in Golden State at mid-December.
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