Against all the odds, the Toronto Raptors are just one win away from a first NBA title. It has been an incredible journey for Raptors fans this year but there is still work to be done.
You’d have got a decent price on Toronto winning both games at Oracle Arena and plenty of punters will fancy Nick Nurse’s men to finish the job back at Scotiabank Arena. At the time of writing, the Raptors are 10/13 with 888sport to win on Monday night.
The Canadian outfit have been simply sublime in the 2018/19 NBA postseason but Golden State have been plagued by injuries. That isn’t an attempt to make excuses for the Warriors but you’d be hard pressed to find a team more decimated by setbacks.
With rumours suggesting that Kevin Durant could return to the Golden State line-up for this contest, the series is far from over. Basketball betting odds show the Warriors at 5/1 with Betway to lift the NBA crown this year – if anyone can do it, it’s probably them.
Barring a famous Warriors comeback, Kawhi Leonard will almost certainly be crowned NBA Finals Most Valuable Player. Leonard has been outstanding in the postseason and Toronto fans will forever be grateful for his efforts if the Raptors go on to win the title.
Toronto Will Want To Finish Job At First Time Of Asking
Watch this space, we could have new NBA champions by Tuesday morning. Technically, the Raptors now have three bites at the cherry but defeat in Game 5 may hand the mental edge to Golden State.
With William Hill now offering just 1/6 for Toronto to win the NBA title, it is a question of when rather than if the Raptors will lift the crown. However, it would be foolish to write the Warriors off if they emerge victorious on Monday night.
Getting off to a good start will help to calm some of the nerves – both on the court and in the crowd. 5/6 for Toronto to win the ‘first to 20 points’ battle in the opening quarter has a solid chance taking everything into account.
Do The Warriors Have One More Trick Up Their Sleeve?
That is the ultimate question. Golden State have been the NBA’s dominant organisation in recent years and basketball fans have learned not to write them off. Could we see another famous comeback? Only time will tell…
Steve Kerr has a real job on his hands though. Making sure all of his superstars are focused purely on the task at hand is going to be very difficult indeed, especially with trade rumours and free agency links floating around in the media.
57/50 with Unibet is a massive price for Golden State to pull a game back in the series. If the Warriors can make it 3-2, you’d have to fancy them to defend Oracle Arena and a thrilling Game 7 at Scotiabank Arena could be on the cards. Don’t write Golden State off just yet.
A lot depends on the health and fitness of Kevin Durant. If the Warriors star is fit enough to start and play at close to his best, Golden State will be in business. But even that might not be enough to secure victory, Toronto are playing at an unprecedented level right now.
Leonard is steering the Raptors ship and they are approaching their destination. Toronto are on the verge of greatness and the Canadian side can emerge victorious on Monday night. Celebrations will go long into the night across the country if the Raptors hold their nerve.
TIP: Over 214 points (10/11 with William Hill)
CORRECT SCORE: Toronto Raptors 112-110 Golden State Warriors