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NBA Betting Trend Favors the Warriors to Beat the Raptors in Game 1 of the NBA Finals

Max Staley
Toronto Raptors v Golden State Warriors
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The Golden State Warriors are in the midst of one of the most impressive five-year runs in NBA history. And there's a plethora of stats that illustrate just how dominant this team has been since 2015.

Despite this recent track record of postseason dominance, the Warriors are actually 1-point underdogs in Game 1 against the Toronto Raptors, according to FanDuel Sportsbook. However, one stat shows that the Warriors have a good shot at earning a Game 1 victory in Toronto.

The Warriors have opened up with a 1-0 series lead in each of their last four appearances in the NBA Finals. They've also been particularly dominant in Game 1s, with those four wins coming by an average margin of 13.75 points per game (PPG).

While this trend certainly points to the Warriors winning Game 1 on Thursday night, there are a few stats that might suggest otherwise.

For example, all four of those Game 1 victories came at home, making this the first NBA Finals' Game 1 the Warriors will play on the road. Additionally, despite Steph Curry's historic dominance of Toronto, the Raptors were actually 2-0 straight up against the Warriors in the regular season.

While the numbers suggest Golden State has a good shot at winning Game 1, it's tough to rule out a team as talented as Toronto, especially with Kevin Durant's status up in the air.

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