The Golden State Warriors take on the Toronto Raptors.
The Warriors will be looking to win their third consecutive title and their fourth in the past five years, while the Raptors will want to win their first name. The Warriors got beyond the Clippers, Rockets and Trail Blazers to win the Western Conference, although the Raptors defeated the Magic, 76ers, and Bucks to win the Eastern Conference. Golden State is about a 3-1 favorite to win the best-of-seven series, but the Raptors will have the home-court advantage.
The Warriors will be without Kevin Durant for at least the first game of this series, but Golden State still has a powerful lineup featuring Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, and Draymond Green. Golden State may get Durant back at some point in the series and they might also get DeMarcus Cousins back from harm.
The Raptors are led by Kawhi Leonard who has been spectacular in the playoffs, averaging 31.2 points and 8.8 rebounds per game. Toronto has also gotten a powerful play of late from copy guard Fred VanVleet who has scored in double-figures in three consecutive games.
Golden State may be without Durant, however so long as they have Curry at the lineup they’re tough to beat. Curry is averaging 35.8 points in the previous five Golden State wins. The Raptors defeated the Warriors in both regular-season meetings, winning 131-128 at home in late November and 113-93 in Golden State at mid-December.
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