Updated Odds to Win 2019 NBA Finals Heavily Favor the Raptors With 3-1 Series Lead Over Warriors

Max Staley
2019 NBA Finals - Game Four
2019 NBA Finals - Game Four / Ezra Shaw

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After winning Game 4 of the 2019 NBA Finals on Friday night, the Toronto Raptors have jumped out to a commanding 3-1 series lead against the two-time defending NBA champion Golden State Warriors. Of course, the updated odds to win the 2019 NBA Finals certainly reflect this surprising development.

Despite opening as heavy underdogs, the Raptors are now available at -700 to win the NBA Finals, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.

The Raptors will now have three shots at clinching the Larry O'Brien Trophy, but the Warriors (+500) have come back from a 3-1 deficit before. They stormed back to win three straight games against the Oklahoma City Thunder in the 2016 Western Conference Finals, a team that was led by now-Warrior Kevin Durant.

The Warriors' best hopes of pulling this off likely lie with Durant and his injured calf. Durant's status for Game 5 on Monday in Toronto remains up in the air, but his return could really boost the Warriors' chances of winning the NBA Finals.

Even though Toronto is now the heavy favorite to win the 2019 NBA Finals, it's tough to count out a team as talented as Golden State.

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