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Warriors heavy favorite over Raptors for Finals



With or without Kevin Durant, the Golden State Warriors are favorites for the fifth consecutive year in the NBA Finals Final. Game 1 of the Best of Seven series will be held in Toronto on Thursday. Golden State was opened in Game 1 as a 1-point favorite.

The Warriors are entering their fifth consecutive final. They have been favored in the final four finals, all against the Cleveland Cavaliers, and three of the last four titles have won the Western Conference final with a calf injury. It's unlikely he will play in Game 1, Golden State said Thursday. Regardless, the Warriors are strong favorites. Late Saturday night, the SuperBook opened at the Westgate Las Vegas Golden State as a favorite in the final. John Murray, executive director of SuperBook, told ESPN that the price reflects the possibility that Durant will be in the series. The Warriors have won 31

of their last 32 games, with Stephen Curry playing and Durant not. They are 34-4 overall in these games.

The SuperBook raised the price for Golden State to -310 minutes after its release.

"[We] immediately set to -275," Murray said in a text message.

Toronto was opened as a +260 underdog in the series at Caesars Sportsbook. In the last eight finals, only the Cavaliers last season were more outsiders than the Raptors.

Toronto equalized 0-2 down to the Milwaukee Bucks in the Eastern Conference finals and qualified for the franchise's first NBA finals in a comeback win in Saturday's sixth match.

The Raptors won both encounters with the Warriors this season: 131-128 overtime in Toronto on November 29 and 113-93 in Oakland, California on December 12.


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