Warriors' Odds to Win NBA Finals Show Slight Improvement Following Game 5 Win

Zach Brunner
2019 NBA Finals - Game Five
2019 NBA Finals - Game Five / Gregory Shamus

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The Golden State Warriors return to Oakland down 3-2 to the Toronto Raptors in the NBA Finals, but their chances of winning the series have taken a slight step in the right direction following Monday night's exciting win.

After staring at odds as low as +500 to come back from down 3-1 in the series at one point ahead of Game 5, the Warriors improved from +300 odds just before Monday night's tip to +240 right after the final buzzer, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.

The Raptors opened the series as +250 underdogs to win it all, while the Warriors opened at -300. However, injuries to the Warriors' roster and the terrific play of Kawhi Leonard has lifted the Raptors to a series lead and -300 odds to win their first NBA Finals.

Leonard has averaged 29.8 points per game (PPG), 10.6 rebounds per game (RPG), 4.4 assists per game (APG) and 2.0 steals per game (SPG) in this series. And the Warriors will likely need to slow down the NBA Finals MVP betting favorite if they're going to have a chance to complete their comeback in this series.

The Warriors' offense saw a temporary boost in Game 5 with the return of Kevin Durant. However, his return was short-lived after he suffered an Achilles tendon injury early in the second quarter of Monday night's game.

The memory of the Warriors giving up a 3-1 NBA Finals lead to LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2016 remains fresh in the minds of many NBA fans to this day. And what better way to bury the frustration from this than to reverse a 3-1 comeback of their own against this Raptors the year?

Golden State looks to even the series at 3-3 and force a Game 7 back in Toronto in Thursday night's Game 6 in Oakland, which is set to tip off at 9 p.m. EST.

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