Warriors open as massive NBA Finals favorites over Raptors in Las Vegas

Jack Baer

The Toronto Raptors are in the NBA Finals for the first time in team history. They’ve ripped off thrilling win after thrilling win, seemingly all of them led by franchise savior Kawhi Leonard. The excitement for a possible champion is palpable across Canada, particularly in its “Very Famous Rappers” demographic.

Las Vegas doesn’t have much faith they’ll go any further.

Immediately after the Raptors wrapped their Game 6 comeback win to take the Eastern Conference finals over the Milwaukee Bucks, Westgate Las Vegas oddsmaker Jeff Sherman tweeted the opening series prices for the NBA Finals.

Spoiler alert, there isn’t much faith in the Raptors to pull of the upset.

A -275 money line means Vegas gives the Warriors roughly a 73 percent chance to win their third straight title and fourth in five years. Early bettors apparently thought those odds were too low, as Sherman tweeted a new set of odds only seven minutes later.

Despite those long odds, the Warriors are only favored by a single point in Game 1 on the road. Must be faith in that Toronto crowd.

It’s really not hard to see why the Warriors are this heavily favored. They’re the Warriors. Despite missing one of the most gifted scorers in the history of basketball in Kevin Durant, they swept Portland and are now in their fifth straight Finals. They are facing their first Finals opponent in that span to not feature LeBron James.

Then again, the Raptors faced even longer odds when they fell behind 2-0 to the Bucks. Maybe they have another massive upset in them.

Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry, left, and guard Quinn Cook react after Curry made a basket against the Portland Trail Blazers during the second half of Game 4 of the NBA basketball playoffs Western Conference finals Monday, May 20, 2019, in Portland, Ore. The Warriors won 119-117 in overtime. (AP Photo/Craig Mitchelldyer)
Surprise, Las Vegas is picking the Warriors in the NBA Finals. (AP Photo/Craig Mitchelldyer)

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