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Even though the Toronto Raptors' still have a 3-2 series lead over the Golden State Warriors after a tough Game 5 loss, Monday night's stumble has already cost the Raptors dearly in their latest odds of winning the NBA Finals.
Following Toronto's Game 4 win on the road to grab a commanding 3-1 series lead over Golden State, the Raptors were as heavy as -700 favorites to close out the series, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.
Fast forward to Tuesday afternoon and Toronto is now staring at less than half of those odds, with a -300 shot to take Game 6 or Game 7 and clinch the Raptors' first NBA title in franchise history.
News of Kevin Durant's ultimately short-lived Game 5 return from injury sent Monday night's spread spiraling in the Warriors' favor ahead of tipoff. However, if it weren't for the Achilles tendon injury Durant suffered as a result, the Raptors would almost certainly be looking at even worse odds to win it all than they are now.
The Raptors opened the series as +250 underdogs to win the Finals, while the Warriors opened with -300 odds. However, the current odds have Toronto as a the new -300 favorite to win it all.
This means Toronto's 3-2 series lead is now mirroring roughly the same advantage in the odds to win the Finals that Golden State opened with over the Raptors with the series tied 0-0.
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