When: Thursday, May 30th, 2019 at 6:00 pm PST
Where: Scotiabank Arena, Toronto, Ontario
Watch Live: ABC
We are about to see the final matchup of the season as the Golden State Warriors meets the Toronto Raptors for Game 1 of the NBA Finals at Scotiabank Arena in Toronto on Thursday night.
Warriors are in good form and well rested after sweeping the Blazers in the Conference Finals. On the other hand, the Raptors had to go through a grinding six-game series against the Bucks.
WIthout Kevin Durant, Cousins and even Iguodala, the Warriors still swept the Trail Blazers by 4-0 in the Eastern Conference Finals series.
Stephen Curry stepped up big time for the team in the absence of Durant and Cousins, well supported by Klay Thompson and Draymond Green.
Stephen Curry led the Warriors squad, averaging 36.5 points, 8.3 rebounds and 7.3 assists while making 6.5 3-pointers per game. Klay Thompson averaged 21.5 points while shooting 37.8 % from the field, and Draymond Green finished with 16.5 points, 11.8 rebounds and nearly nine assists per game.
Curry has been red hot in the last series as he had 35+ points every game and became the fourth player to do so in a playoff series. Draymond Green has been the X-factor for the Warriors in the entire playoffs not only because of his defensive abilities but also because he paced the Warriors offence.
If we talk about the Raptors, Kawhi and the squad proved everyone wrong as won they sealed the series in six games. They are in the NBA finals for the first time in the franchise history. Seven teams had never played in NBA finals, and after this, the number has now come down to six.
Kawhi Leonard was sensational on both sides of the court as he averaged 29.8 points, 9.5 rebounds, 4.3 assists and 2.2 steals per game in the last series. Kyle Lowry had a poor start in the playoffs but took a flight in the previous round as he averaged 19.2 points per game with 5.5 assists while shooting over 50% from the field and 48% from beyond the arc. But the X-factor for the Raptors came out to be in the name of Fred VanVleet who just shocked everyone with his shooting consistency in the last series. He averaged 16 points while shooting 68 % from the field and 82% from the 3-point line. Raptors bench has been doing a great job to support the core and will have to continue to do so if they want to win games against the experienced team of Warriors. But will they be able to keep up the numbers in front of the lights of Curry and Thompson?
For the Warriors, Kevin Durant has been ruled out for the first game due to a calf injury, and Cousins is still questionable for game one due to a quad injury. Even with two all-star starters out for the Warriors, they still have the spark in the form of Curry, Klay, Green and Iguodala who was able to sweep Blazers and will be looking to get it done against the Raptors once again.
The Raptors have been doing great at there home court, and it was seen in the last series. They have the home court advantage in this series against the Warriors, and this could be a decider in winning games. But the Warriors have a good four consecutive years of NBA finals experience and so has the coach Kerr to lead them and get them out of any situation.
Even though it will be an exciting game, Warriors to beat Raptors by a narrow gap.
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