It took four straight wins, but the Toronto Raptors were able to claw their way back from a 0-2 deficit against the Milwaukee Bucks in the Eastern Conference Finals. As a result, they’ve reached their first-ever NBA Finals. Now they get to go up against one of the best squads of all time in the legendary Golden State Warriors. The Warriors are seeking their third consecutive NBA championship. The Warriors opened as 1.5-point favorites, but the heavy betting action on Canada’s team has reduced the line to a 1-point spread as of May 28. The game total is set at 215 points.
Warriors’ small forward Kevin Durant is unlikely to return to the hardwood for Game 1 of the Finals due to a calf injury. However, that hasn’t been a hindrance to this ultra-talented group so far; they’ve won five straight games without Durant and six straight overall. Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson have stepped up when it matters most.
The Raptors, meanwhile, are hoping Kawhi Leonard continues his playoff dominance into the NBA Finals. Leonard is averaging 31.2 points per game in the postseason on 50.7% shooting from the floor. However, Toronto will also need its supporting cast of Pascal Siakam, Kyle Lowry and Marc Gasol, among others, to step up for them to taste success.
Having clinched their first-ever NBA Finals appearance in the 24-year history of the club, the surging Toronto Raptors will be hosting the Golden State Warriors in Game 1 on Thursday night. The tip-off is scheduled for 9 PM ET on ABC.
The Raptors (2-0 against the Warriors) are the only team Golden State hasn’t defeated yet this season, which makes for a compelling NBA Finals. Superstar Kevin Durant will likely be out with a calf injury for Game 1, but the Warriors’ squad hasn’t skipped a beat without him on the floor, winning five straight in his absence.