2019 NBA Finals: Raptors v Warriors Game 1 - Preview & Betting Tips

Kawhi Leonard will be out to stop another NBA Championship three-peat when his Raptors host the Warriors in Game 1 of the NBA Finals.

Ryan Lepore
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Wed, 29 May, 12:00 AM

Golden State Warriors @ Toronto Raptors

Scotiabank Arena, Toronto - 11:00AM

For the first time in league history, the NBA Finals will go international when the Toronto Raptors host Game 1 against the Golden State Warriors.

The Raptors became Eastern Conference champions for the first time in the 25 year history of the franchise by erasing a 2-0 series deficit against the number one seeded Milwaukee Bucks, winning four straight games to advance to the sport’s showpiece event. Kawhi Leonard averaged 29.8 points and 9.5 rebounds per game in the series to lead his new team and get another chance to stop a team from a championship three-peat.

Standing in Toronto’s attempt at history are the Golden State Warriors who are looking for their own as they seek a 4th title in the past five seasons. They will be without Kevin Durant and DeMarcus Cousins for Game 1 as they continue to recover from injuries sustained during the playoffs, but do have a red-hot Steph Curry performing at an extraordinary level. The two-time MVP scored the highest number of points (146) during any four-game sweep in Association history and why he’s a short priced favourite to be the Finals MVP.

In their two meetings during the regular season, the Raptors won on both occasions and will be looking to keep that streak alive and make the most of their home court advantage during this series.

 

Key Stat: The home team has won 13 of the past 14 NBA Finals Game 1s.

The Raptors have won the first quarter in 10 of their last 12 playoff games at Scotiabank Arena.

 

Tip: Toronto Raptors at $1.83* (Ladbrokes)

Best bet: Toronto Raptors -1 at $1.95* (Ladbrokes)

Value bet: Steph Curry & Kawhi Leonard both to score 30+ points at $4.00* (Ladbrokes)

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