2019 NBA Finals Golden State Warriors vs. Toronto Raptors Game 1

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For the average fan or casual gamblers, the Golden State Warriors are an easy choice.  To begin with the Warriors are shooting for their third consecutive NBA world championship.  They have won three of the last four titles and are in the NBA Finals for the fifth consecutive season.  As a result, they are a popular choice with for NBA betting online.  This makes Toronto worth a more serious look by sharps and bargain hunters.  To be exact the Raptors could be getting a better price than merited against Golden State.  Cause by all that casual betting on the champs.

2019 NBA Finals Golden State Warriors vs. Toronto Raptors Game 1

Date and Time:  Thursday, May 30, 2019, 9 p.m. ET

Location:  Scotiabank Arena, Toronto Ontario

NBA Betting Online Odds at SBG:

TeamSP/RLTOTALML
Warriors+1 (-110)214½ (-110)-102
Raptors-1 (-110)214½ (-110)-118
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2019 NBA Finals Update

Now this is the first of two games in Toronto.  Game two at Scotiabank Arena will be Sunday night at 8 p.m. ET.  Then the series will shift to Golden State for games three and four.  Game three will be on Wednesday with game four on Friday.  Both of those games at Golden State start at 9 p.m. ET.

More Than Kawhi

Toronto is coming off an impressive 4-2 series win over Milwaukee in the Eastern Conference Finals.  Following losses in the first two games at Milwaukee was TO written off for dead.  But a dramatic double overtime win at Toronto in game three changed the series.  Most important of all the Raptors proved that they had more NBA betting online assets than Kawhi Leonard.  Take Toronto center Pascal Siakam.  The New Mexico State star is averaging 18.7 points and seven rebounds per playoff game.  Also, Kyle Lowry has pumped in 14.7 points per game in the post season.

An Upgrade in Star Power

When DeMar DeRozan was traded to San Antonio for Kawhi Leonard many Toronto fans flipped out.  DeRozan was the biggest star the Raptors ever had.  Starting with the regular season Leonard has proven to be an online wagering upgrade.  Leonard averaged 26.6 points and 7.3 rebounds per game in the regular schedule.  However, in the playoffs he has gone full clutch.  Leonard leads Toronto with 31.2 points and 8.8 rebounds per outing.

Durant Doubtful but Curry Remains Ho

By contrast the Warriors have two marquee men.  Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant make for an embarrassment of riches.  Of great concern is the calf injury to Durant that has caused him to miss five playoff games.  He was averaging 34.2 points per game in the post season.  Naturally Curry picks up the slack for Golden State.  The point guard is averaging 27.3 points and 6.3 rebounds per playoff contest.

Matchup to Watch

In this situation home court could prove to be the matchup advantage.  Golden State has covered the NBA betting online spread in just two of their last six games at Toronto.  Five of the last seven games between these teams at Scotiabank Arena have gone over the total.

Warriors vs. Raptors Game One NBA Betting Online Picks

On this occasion Toronto will host their first ever NBA Finals game.  Subsequently they will be full throttle for the win.

Warriors vs. Raptors Game One NBA Betting Online Pick:  Toronto Raptors

Warriors vs. Raptors Game One NBA Betting Online Score Prediction:  Raptors 106, Warriors 101

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