The stage for the 2019 NBA Finals now is set.
The final leg of the two-time defending champion Warriors' quest to three-peat will go through the Toronto Raptors and Kawhi Leonard.
On Saturday, Leonard and the Raptors erased a 15-point deficit in Game 6 against the Bucks to eliminate Milwaukee and claim the first Eastern Conference title in franchise history.
Now, they'll face a Warriors team that has been firing on all cylinders, even without Kevin Durant. The Dubs have gone 5-0 since Durant suffered a right calf strain in the third quarter of Game 5 of their second-round NBA playoff series against the Houston Rockets.
Even with Durant expected to miss the beginning of the series, the Warriors still are heavy favorites to win their third straight NBA title.
As for Game 1, which tips off Thursday night at Scotiabank Arena, Golden State has opened as a slim favorite to steal home-court advantage.
— br_betting (@br_betting) May 26, 2019
And here are the prices for each possible outcome in the series, via The Action Network's Matt Moore.
Series exact result prices— Hardwood Paroxysm (@HPbasketball) May 26, 2019
Warriors to win in 4: +500
Warriors to win in 5: +350
Warriors to win in 6: +240
Warriors to win in 7: +550
Raptors to win in 4: +4300
Raptors to win in 5: +1300
Raptors to win in 6: +1200
Raptors to win in 7: +550
The Warriors opened as -275 favorites to win the title at Westgate, per ESPN, but that was raised to -310 shortly after posting. The series price reflects the possibility of Durant playing at some point in the series
The Raptors took both games against the Warriors during the regular season, winning 131-128 in Toronto and 113-93 in Oakland.