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NBA Championship outright odds (As of June 6)
Toronto Raptors: 2.00
Golden State Warriors: 1.83
Home court advantage once again belongs to the Toronto Raptors, who are now only two wins away from winning the first NBA Championship in franchise history.
The Raptors now have a 2-1 series lead in the NBA Finals against the Golden State Warriors, who have won three of the last four NBA titles. Despite the series lead, and injury concerns for the Warriors, Toronto’s odds to win the championship remain second.
The Raptors’ odds to win the NBA Championship were 2.00 at PlayNow.com on Thursday morning, just hours after they went into the Oracle Arena as four-point underdogs and defeated a depleted Warriors team by a score of 123-109.
Even if the Warriors even the series with a win in Game 4, the Raptors will return home for Game 5 in what would be a best-of-three series by that point. For the Raptors, who have never been on this stage before, that’s definitely not a bad position to be in, given their opponent.
Bettors continue to back the Raptors in their bid to make history as the first Canadian team to win the NBA Championship.
Since the 2019 NBA Championship outright market went live last June, about 55.3 per cent of money wagered is on Golden State to win the title compared to 31.3 per cent for Toronto. However – and this is a big ‘However’ – since the Raptors clinched the Eastern Conference championship over Milwaukee, bettors have been backing Toronto at a sizable rate.
Since the Raptors clinched the East, 70 per cent of the money that has been wagered on the NBA outright market has come in on the Raptors. In that time, a total of 704 bets have been placed on the Raptors to win the NBA Championship compared to 103 on the Warriors.
(Tune into the Podcast to get a sense of how bettors are wagering on the outright market following a loss for either team in this series.)
Kawhi Leonard led the way for the Raptors on Wednesday with 30 points. More impressive about Toronto’s win, however, was that six players reached double digits in points, including Danny Green, who went 6-for-10 from three-point range.
For the Warriors, Stephen Curry was a one-man force. He needed to play out of this world, with the Warriors missing Kevin Durant – again – and Klay Thompson, who left Game 2 with a hamstring injury.
All Curry did Wednesday was score 47 points. Next closest to him in points for Golden State was Draymond Green – with 17 points.
Curry still holds the best odds to be named NBA Finals MVP, with odds of 1.85 at PlayNow.com. Kawhi Leonard continues to close that gap. His odds are now 1.95 to win the NBA Finals MVP, as he continues to lead the Raptors.
The ultimate goal is now only two wins away for the Raptors. It may still sound surreal to Canadian basketball fans and bettors alike.
As of Thursday, the Raptors were 5.5-point underdogs at PlayNow.com heading into Game 4.