LokerLampung.co.id. NBA Finals 2019: Early Odds, Schedule as Warriors Await Bucks vs. Raptors. There’s something to be said about the resilience that the Golden State Warriors have shown in the 2019 NBA Playoffs.
When their best player, Kevin Durant, went down with a calf injury in the latter part of Game 5 in the second round, they banded together and still found a way to not only win a tough series against the Houston Rockets but to deliver a four-game sweep against the Portland Trail Blazers to advance to the NBA Finals for an unprecedented fifth straight season.
With no KD, a lot of experts counted them out. Going into a potential close-out game against Houston on the road, they were 7.5-point underdogs for the first time in the Steve Kerr era.
But they won that game in convincing fashion thanks to the elevated play of Stephen Curry, Draymond Green, Klay Thompson and the rest of the team, including those who saw very little action earlier in the postseason.
As they wait for the winner of the Eastern Conference Finals between the Milwaukee Bucks and Toronto Raptors (series tied 2-2), they have extended time to rest and recuperate, which could mean that KD, DeMarcus Cousins and Andre Iguodala have a chance to return to the court from injuries to help the team complete a historic three-peat.
Here’s the early odds and schedule for the Finals as the Warriors await the outcome of the battle in the East.
NBA Finals Schedule
Both the Bucks and the Raptors own the top two regular-season records of the three teams remaining in the playoffs, so the winner of the Eastern Conference Finals will have the home-court advantage in the NBA Finals when they face the Warriors.
Golden State at East winner (Game 1): Thursday, May 30 at 9 p.m. on ABC
Golden State at East winner (Game 2): Sunday, June 2 at 8 p.m. on ABC
East winner at Golden State (Game 3): Wednesday, June 5 at 9 p.m. on ABC
East winner at Golden State (Game 4): Friday, June 7 at 9 p.m. on ABC
East winner at Golden State (Game 6, if necessary): Thursday, June 13 at 9 p.m. on ABC
Golden State at East winner (Game 7, if necessary): Sunday, June 16 at 8 p.m. on ABC
All Times ET.
Bucks vs. Raptors
When the Bucks went up 2-0 against the Raptors, it looked like the series was over and the former was a virtual lock to come out of the East.
But Toronto, led by Kawhi Leonard, put up a fight, winning the next two games on their home court.
It was just the second time this year that Milwaukee had lost back-to-back games.
The Raptors made it a series and may have also laid out the defensive blueprint for stopping MVP favorite Giannis Antetokounmpo.
Leonard dug down deep and disrupted Antetokounmpo’s offensive flow, and that allowed Toronto to rally.
But for Game 5, the series shifts back to the Bucks’ home court, where they hold a 39-9 record (best in the NBA). What’s more, they haven’t lost three in a row all season.
The Raptors had some success with stopping the Greek Freak from being effective with his dribble penetration in Games 3 and 4, but he will more than likely make the necessary adjustments, find ways to break free from Leonard and double-team coverage and play to his strengths back in Milwaukee.
“We just came out flat in the third quarter,” Antetokounmpo told ESPN’s Malika Andrews. “It’s something we can get better at…something we can fix.”
Additionally, the Bucks’ role players will play much better at home.
Then there’s Eric Bledsoe, who is averaging just 8.3 points in this series after posting 16 points per game in the first two rounds. He will be looking to have a much-needed breakout game.
“For Bled, it’s just making sure he understands we wouldn’t be here without him,” Pat Connaughton told Andrews. “Everybody gets frustrated with themselves when they are not playing well because they feel like they are letting the team down. He wants to play well for his teammates.”
Prediction: Look for Milwaukee to take a 3-2 lead Thursday night.