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Historic Streak Suggests Warriors Have Edge in Game 1 of NBA Finals vs Raptors

Max Staley
Los Angeles Clippers v Golden State Warriors - Game Five
Los Angeles Clippers v Golden State Warriors - Game Five / Ezra Shaw

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The Golden State Warriors are in the midst of what is arguably the most dominant run in recent NBA history. Under head coach Steve Kerr, the Warriors have shattered a ton of long-held NBA records, and one historic streak suggests Golden State has an edge in Game 1 of the NBA Finals against the Toronto Raptors.

The Warriors are 12-0 in their last 12 Game 1s in the NBA Playoffs, including beating their opponents in the last four opening games in the NBA Finals. Despite that, the Raptors are 1.5-point favorites at home, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.

Another point in Golden State's favor is the return of DeMarcus Cousins, who could help the Warriors match up against Marc Gasol. Grabbing extra possessions could be key in this series, so Cousins' return could help mitigate some of Toronto's apparent advantage on the glass.

Still, this Raptors team should not be taken lightly. Toronto was 2-0 against the Warriors in the regular season, and Kawhi Leonard didn't even suit up for one of those contests. In Leonard's lone game against the Warriors this season, he dropped 37 points while shooting 58.3 percent from the field and 50.0 from 3-point range.

While the Warriors have been historically dominant in series openers in the NBA Playoffs, Toronto is certainly talented enough to give Golden State a run for their money in Game 1.

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