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2019 Screenings of the NBA Finals: The Warriors eliminate the favorites to beat the Raptors, win their third consecutive title, with or without Kevin Durant



After three exciting rounds of action, the 2019 NBA Finals are set, with Game 1 between the Toronto Raptors and the Golden State Warriors circling on Thursday night.

On behalf of the Eastern Conference, the Raptors have a local court at the Finals, courtesy of their 58-24 record, which was the second best in the league, just behind the Milwaukee Bucks. The Raptors, of course, finished defeating the Bucks in the Eastern Conference finals, scoring four consecutive wins to take the series, 4-2. Now they have reached the finals for the first time in franchise history.

Outside the West, there were no surprises, as the Golden State Warriors advanced to the Finals for the fifth consecutive season. They have dealt with some adversity in the form of injuries to Kevin Durant and DeMarcus Cousins, but they still recorded a four-game sweep of the Portland Trail Blazers in the Western Conference finals. Now they have the chance to win their third consecutive title and fourth in five seasons.

Before the Finals, sports data scientist Stephen Oh performed the calculations and made the projections to determine which team has the best chance of capturing the Larry O & # 39; Brien trophy.

Team

Las Vegas Odds

SportsLine projection

warriors of the Golden State

-310

66.2%

Toronto Raptors

+250

33.8%

Some conclusions of these projections:

  • First, it is important to keep in mind that initial projections assume that Durant will be out of the entire series. But for those who believe that the Warriors are better off without him, the SportsLine data would not agree. When Oh ran the projections adjusting for a return of Durant in Game 3, the chances of the Warriors increased to 73.5 percent, or an increase of 7.3 percent.

Warriors

SportsLine projection

Without lasting

66.2%

Durant returns in Game 3

73.5%

IMPACT

+ 7.3%

  • Regardless of what happens with Durant, it is hardly surprising to see the Warriors entering this series as important favorites. As much as Kawhi Leonard has been playing, the Raptors' cast has been inconsistent in the playoffs, while the Warriors have proven to be championship players in Klay Thompson, Draymond Green and Andre Iguodala. And then, of course, there's Steph Curry, who, at least, is equal to Leonard.

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