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It has been another unrelenting season of NBA action, but we now know the teams that will compete on behalf of the East and West in the Championship game and if the basketball odds are anything to go by; it's going to be a close encounter that could go down to the wire.
The best-of-seven series is tied and underway. Raptors took an easy game 1 after which Golden State Warriors tied the series and shut the home crowd down.
Finals will head to California for Games 3 and 4. Should the series go to a winner take all game 7, then the Raptors will get home court advantage back.
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It was a genuinely momentous occasion at the Scotiabank Arena on Saturday evening as the Raptors overcame the Milwaukee Bucks to win in Game 6 to make the NBA finals for the first time in the franchise's history. It was even more impressive considering that they trailed by two games.
However, after ensuring they remained in the series by a comprehensive win in Game 4, they threw the form book out of the window by winning in Milwaukee and ensured that they had the opportunity to book their spot in the finals in Toronto; something that they achieved by the skin of their teeth after a thrilling 100-94 victory.
Furthermore, the Bucks had been in the favourites in the NBA odds to progress to the finals after finishing top of the regular season standings; winning two more games than the Raptors. The Bucks hadn't lost three games in a row for nearly two years, but four defeats on the bounce would have been the twist that nobody expected to see.
In Kawhi Leonard the Raptors have a player that knows what it takes to win the NBA finals after the former MVP upstaged LeBron James during the San Antonio Spurs series victory over the Miami Heat in 2014. Questions were asked about why the Raptors wanted to bring in Leonard, but his average of 26 points per game and his defensive quality was fundamental in the Raptors getting to this stage.
If anybody can ensure a first NBA championship in the history of their franchise, then Leonard is that man.
The NBA odds have favoured the Warriors all season and the feeling that they were going to add to their four NBA championships is overwhelming. The Steve Kerr dynasty is unparalleled in sport, and a fourth NBA title in five years would be a remarkable achievement that would cement this team's place among the best ever NBA teams.
There is little doubt that the Warriors will be the fresher of the two teams having had over a week between their Conference finals win over the Portland Trail Blazers and the beginning of the series with the Raptors, which will be reflected in the Toronto Raptors vs Golden State Warriors odds.
Their conference win was almost too routine and showed the clear divide between themselves and the chasing pack in the West. The Warriors scored over 110 in each of the four games, meaning that they keep up their record of scoring at least 100 points in every playoff game so far.
With Oddsguard you will always find the best odds on over/under markets . The Warriors previous playoff victories came against the Los Angeles Clippers and the Houston Rockets.
Kevin Durant could be missing for the opening game of the series for the Warriors, while speculation over his future could also derail the whole series. The pressure will be on Steph Curry to step up again, having averaged 27 points per game this season.
The battle between himself and Leonard will be the deciding one, and the destination of the NBA Championship will be decided by who comes out on top.