This year’s NBA Finals get underway on Thursday night with Game 1 of a best-of-seven clash between the Western Conference’s Golden State Warriors and the Eastern Conference’s Toronto Raptors. The first two games will be played north of the boarder at Scotiabank Arena in Toronto before the series shifts to Oracle Arena in Oakland for the next two matchups.
Each team comes in hot both straight-up and against the spread. The Raptors are holding steady as slight one-point home favorites for Game 1 and BetAnySports has the total line set at 214.5 points. Golden State is a -290 favorite on the current series price odds with Toronto listed as a +245 underdog.
The Warriors earned a trip to their fifth-straight NBA Finals by sweeping Portland 4-0 in the conference finals. They also won the final two games against Houston to take that series in six games. They posted a 3-1-1 record ATS over their last five games with the total going OVER in three of those contests. Golden State is 7-8-1 ATS in 16 postseason games with the total going OVER in 10 of those outings.
Toronto dug an early 0-2 hole (SU and ATS) against the top-seeded Milwaukee Bucks in the East’s conference finals with a pair of losses on the road. Starting with a 118-112 victory in Game 3 as 2.5-point home favorites, the Raptors went on to win four games in a row both SU and ATS to advance to the NBA Finals for the first time in franchise history.
They beat Orlando in five games in the opening round after losing Game 1 of that series at home and they got past Philadelphia in seven games in the conference semifinals. They are 10-8 ATS in 18 playoff games and the total has stayed UNDER BetAnySports’ closing line in 12 of those 18 games.
Toronto won both games against Golden State SU in the regular season and the series was split 1-1 ATS. The total went OVER 223 points in the Raptors’ 131-128 victory at home on Nov 29 as 9.5-point favorites. It stayed UNDER 226.5 points on Dec. 12 in their 113-93 road win in Oakland as eight-point underdogs.
The betting odds for the exact series finish favor Golden State in six games at +250 odds. The best odds on the board for a Toronto upset are +550 with the Raptors winning in seven games.