Warriors Big Favorites Over Raptors in 2019 NBA Finals Odds

Max Staley
Milwaukee Bucks v Toronto Raptors - Game Six
Milwaukee Bucks v Toronto Raptors - Game Six / Claus Andersen

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After dropping the first two games of the Eastern Conference Finals to the Milwaukee Bucks, the Toronto Raptors won four straight, and are going to the NBA Finals for the first time in franchise history.

The Raptors face the Golden State Warriors, but whether or not Kevin Durant plays in this series is anyone's guess.

Even with Durant's status up in the air, the Warriors are pretty hefty favorites to win the series (-300), according to FanDuel Sportsbook.

The Warriors have won two straight championships, and this will mark their fifth straight NBA Finals appearance. While the Warriors are understandably the favorites, it's tough to rule out Kawhi Leonard and the Raptors.

If anyone can guard Steph Curry, Klay Thompson and the Warriors' dynamic offense, it's probably Kawhi, the man who once made LeBron James do this:

That was the last time we saw Kawhi in the NBA Finals. He was just 22 years old then and became the third-youngest player to ever win an NBA Finals MVP.

Now 27, Kawhi's been unstoppable in this postseason, averaging 31.2 points per game (PPG) to go along with his trademark defense. If Kawhi maintains his excellent play in the NBA Finals, he could give the Raptors (+300) a legitimate shot at pulling off the upset.

Even though the Warriors are the heavy favorites, this series could be a lot closer than you might think, provided Kawhi continues his dominance on both sides of the floor.

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