Warriors vs Raptors 2019 NBA Finals Game 1 Odds & Preview

Warriors vs Raptors 2019 NBA Finals Game 1 Odds & Preview

Written by on May 29, 2019

On July 18th, 2018, Toronto Raptors General Manager Masai Ujiri shocked the NBA. Ujiri traded Toronto fan-favorite DeMar DeRozan, Jakob Poetl, and a 1st Round pick to San Antonio for Kawhi Leonard and Danny Green. With Leonard only having one year left on his contract, many questioned the move made by Ujiri. Fast forward to May 30, 2019.  Not too many people are questioning the move now, as Kawhi Leonard and the Toronto Raptors will host the Golden State Warriors in Game 1 of the NBA Finals. Leonard has led the Raptors to the franchise’s first NBA Finals appearance. Enter the Golden State Warriors. Golden State is making their fifth consecutive Finals appearance, and are looking for their third straight title, and fourth in the last five years. While Toronto is new to this scene, Golden State will be right at home. Let’s take a look at some of the focal points of Game 1. And don’t forget to check out the latest NBA Finals odds before Game 1 kicks off!

Warriors vs Raptors 2019 NBA Finals Game 1 Odds & Preview

Toronto’s Home Court Advantage

Even though Golden State has each of it’s previous four Game 1’s, this year could be different. Toronto went 32-9 during the regular season, and is 8-2 at the Scotiabank Arena during the playoffs. The Toronto fans will be wired for Game 1.

No Kevin Durant, No Problem

Kevin Durant has been ruled out for Game 1. Even without one of the top three players on the planet, Golden State has looked tremendous. In the five games that Durant has been sidelined, Stephen Curry has turned into a dominating force. In those five games, Curry has averaged 35.8 PPG, with an average of six three pointers made. Draymond Green had four double-doubles, played lockdown defense, and was a tremendous passer in those games.  Factor in the improved production of Klay Thompson, and the Warriors haven’t skipped a beat.

Does Golden State Have an Answer for Kawhi?

Speaking of being on a hot streak, Kawhi Leonard has been on fire for the Raptors. Leonard is averaging 31.2 PPG during the playoffs, and has hit many clutch shots for the Raptors. Without Durant on the floor, look for Klay Thompson and Andre Iguodala, who has been hampered by an injury, to check Leonard. Will they be able to stop Leonard?  It will take a team effort by the Warriors.

Who’s gonna check Steph?

With Kyle Lowry anticipated to take on the envious task of guarding Stephen Curry, the Raptors will need to find ways to help him out. Defense isn’t one of Lowry’s strong suits. Having to chase Curry around the floor could tire Lowry out and hamper his offensive game. Could we see Kawhi on Curry? Nick Nurse probably doesn’t want to go that route, but if Lowry struggles, look for one of the league’s best defenders to take his crack at guarding Curry. Golden State is a well balanced team. They have numerous scoring options, and have been in these high-leverage situations before. Nerves shouldn’t be an issue for the Warriors.  Could the nerves get to Toronto in their biggest game in franchise history? Nerves don’t seem to affect Kawhi Leonard, but could they affect his supporting cast?  The Scotiabank Arena will be a madhouse, and will make for a great Game 1 atmosphere.  Game 1 of the NBA Finals is finally here, and should be entertaining basketball!