2019 NBA Finals Free Betting Pick – Toronto Raptors vs Golden State Warriors Series Preview

2019 NBA Finals Free Betting Pick – Toronto Raptors vs Golden State Warriors Series Preview

The NBA Finals are upon us, and it’s up
to Canada’s team to see if anyone can take down the season-long favorites. Hello everyone, I’m Drew Goldfarb, and today
we’re breaking down the 2019 NBA Finals series between the Western Conference Champion
Golden State Warriors, and the Eastern Conference Champion Toronto Raptors. If you’re looking to wager on the series,
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you’ll also receive a sign-up bonus of 50%, up to $1,000. Golden State has run through the 2019 postseason
with perhaps even less of a challenge than some people anticipated… and that’s saying
something! After eliminating the Los Angeles Clippers
in 6 games, the Warriors faced the team thought to be their biggest challenge in Round 2,
the Houston Rockets. Despite losing Kevin Durant in Game 5 of that
series, Golden State grounded the Rockets with a 4-to-2 series win to advance to the
Western Conference Finals. There, they faced a Portland Trail Blazer
team that was coming off of a huge Game 7 win in Denver against the Nuggets… and Golden
State cruised through the series, completing their first sweep of the 2019 postseason. The quick win has allowed the Warriors to
rest a bit heading into this year’s NBA Finals. Their 12-and-4 record through the first three
rounds of the playoffs is on-par with most other runs in this series of 5 consecutive
NBA Finals appearances. Golden State lost 3 games in the first 3 rounds
of 2015, 5 games in 2016, 0 in 2017, and 5 in 2018. In that 2017 postseason, the Warriors went
an astonishing 16-and-1 in the Playoffs, dropping only Game 4 of the Finals to LeBron James
and the Cleveland Cavaliers. The only cause for pause… Despite winning via sweep, according to NBA.com,
Golden State trailed Portland for 51% of the minutes in that series. For the first time in Golden State’s run,
the Eastern Conference Champions are NOT the Cleveland Cavaliers. In fact, the Toronto Raptors are the first
Eastern Conference Champions to not feature LeBron James since the 2010 Boston Celtics. It’s also the first time the Raptors have
ever appeared in the NBA Finals, having previously made it to the Conference Finals only once
in 2016. The Raptors have come a long way this postseason
since dropping Game 1 of Round 1 to the Orlando Magic. In fact, Toronto has trailed in each of the
three postseason series they’ve played in this year… falling behind Philadelphia 2-games-to-1 in
the second round, and trailing Milwaukee 2-games-to-0 in the third round. But each time, Toronto has stormed back to
win. They won 5 straight games after losing Game
1 to the Magic, and are currently on a 4-game winning streak after dropping the first two
games to the Bucks. Kawhi Leonard has had a remarkable postseason
thus far, though it’ll be a significant challenge for him to continue his pace against
Golden State. There is a lot to like about this Raptors
team when you look through them, but it’s hard not to fixate on looking at Toronto in
the context of their Finals opponents. The Raptors actually swept the season series
from the Warriors, winning 131-128 in overtime on November 29th in Toronto, and 113-93 on
December 12th in Oakland. That first win for Toronto snapped an 8-game
losing streak for the Raptors against the Warriors, and the December win in Oakland
was Toronto’s first road win against the Warriors since February 8th, 2004, back when
Toronto was led by Vince Carter and Jalen Rose and Golden State led by Jason Richardson. However… it’s worth pointing out the players
that did NOT play in those games this season. For Golden State, Stephen Curry and Draymond
Green both missed the first contest, while Kevin Durant ended up scoring 51 points in
the loss. And in the second, Kawhi Leonard missed the
game, and Toronto still picked up a 113-93 win. After the second loss, Warriors head coach
Steve Kerr said that he believed Golden State would have the edge if the teams met again,
saying that his team “would be ready to play” after the Raptors “kicked [their]
butts twice”. Golden State will be without Kevin Durant
for at least a little bit in the NBA Finals, though they’ve gone 5-and-0 without him
this postseason. DeMarcus Cousins is also still hurt for the
Warriors, though it’s not completely off the table that he could return during the
series with Toronto. Even with those injuries, the Warriors are
heavily favored at -290 to win the series, with the Raptors as +235 underdogs. I have to go with the Warriors to win this
series, though I’d make sure to shop around before taking such long odds… if I’d even
make the wager. In Golden State’s 3 NBA Finals wins in the
last 4 years, they’ve dropped just 3 total games, including a sweep in 2018. I can’t see Toronto fairing better than
a LeBron-led Cavs team in defeat, so I’m picking this series to be over in 5 games,
with Toronto grabbing a win in one of the first two games of the series. Be sure to check out our latest individual
game picks here and online at GamblingSites.org, and be sure to check out all of our other
videos and articles for more picks, tips, and how-to guides. Is the NBA destined for its first 3-peat since
the 2000-to-2002 Lakers, or can Toronto bring Canada its first-ever NBA Championship? Let us know in the comments below. I’m Drew Goldfarb. Thanks for watching. See you next time!

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