The NBA Finals and the Warriors have become synonymous with each other in recent years, and 2019 is no different. Golden State is set to play in its fifth-straight NBA Finals appearance against Toronto, which won the Eastern Conference for the first time to reach this point.
Since the conference finals ended, NJ online sports betting players have been flocking to places like the DraftKings Sportsbook app to make NBA Finals picks. With the series right around the corner, BonusSeekeer is here to provide some insight and sports betting predictions for the 2019 NBA Finals.
NBA Finals Schedule, Futures Odds On DraftKings Sportsbook
- Game 1: Thursday May 30 - Golden State at Toronto - 9 ET
- Game 2: Sunday, June 2, Golden State at Toronto - 8 ET
- Game 3: Wednesday, June 5 - Toronto at Golden State - 9 ET
- Game 4: Friday, June 7 - Toronto at Golden State - 9 ET
- Game 5: Monday, June 10 - Golden State at Toronto - 9 ET (if necessary)
- Game 6: Thursday, June 13 - Toronto at Golden State - 9 ET (if necessary)
- Game 7: Sunday, June 16 - Golden State at Toronto - 8 ET (if necessary)
2019 NBA Finals Series Winner Odds On DraftKings Sportsbook
Despite being without home court advantage or Kevin Durant for at least the first two games of the series, the two-time defending champions are huge favorites on the DraftKings Sportsbook app. Golden State is -286 to win the title while the Raptors give New Jersey sports betting players the chance to more than double their money at +225.
Those looking to bet on the Warriors don’t find much value in the series price, so there are several other NBA Finals futures markets to turn to on the FanDuel Sportsbook app. Included in them is the series spread, total games, series MVP and the exact series score.
Series Spread Odds
- Raptors +1.5 Games (+135)
- Raptors +2.5 Games (-115)
- Warriors -1.5 Games (-167)
- Warriors -2.5 Games (+172)
- Warriors +1.5 Games (-835)
Correct Score Odds
- Raptors Win 4-0 (+4000)
- Raptors Win 4-1 (+1200)
- Raptors Win 4-2 (+1000)
- Raptors Win 4-3 (+550)
- Warriors Win 4-0 (+550)
- Warriors Win 4-1 (+350)
- Warriors Win 4-2 (+250)
- Warriors Win 4-3 (+550)
Series Total Games Odds
- Over 4.5 Games (-835)
- Under 4.5 Games (+515)
- Over 5.5 Games (-167)
- Under 5.5 Games (+135)
- Over 6.5 Games (+265)
- Under 6.5 Games (-360)
Series MVP Odds
- Stephen Curry (-136)
- Kawhi Leonard (+225)
- Draymond Green (+700)
- Kevin Durant (+900)
- Klay Thompson (+2000)
- Kyle Lowry (+3000)
Key Factors In Series & NBA Finals Prediction
There are a litany of factors that go into making NJ sports betting picks on the NBA Finals, but we’ve boiled it down to a few keys to keep in mind before placing any wagers on 2019 NBA Finals odds and futures markets.
- Can Kawhi Carry Raptors All The Way?
Kawhi Leonard has done his part to perpetuate the light-hearted banter about being a robot of some kind. The man has been a machine, scoring over 31 points per game this postseason while taking on tough defensive assignments and being the glue that holds the Eastern Conference champions together.
The Raptors’ offense is consistently running through Leonard, who played at a usage rate above 30 percent last series. The only player used more in the conference finals was Stephen Curry, but Leonard spent 89 more minutes of playing time on the floor in a series that went six games, while the Warriors swept. The point is, Kawhi is Mr. Everything, and doing most of it while stone-faced in appearance.
We’ve seen heroics against Golden State in the NBA Finals, both with and without Durant. LeBron James, who was without an injured Kyrie Irving for most of the 2015 NBA Finals, averaged 35.8/13.3/8.8 for the series and could not be stopped. Four of the six games ended by single digits, but it never felt like the Cavaliers were going to win that series. A similar thing happened with LeBron in 2017 after Durant arrived in the Bay. James put up 33/12/10 in the series while having Irving at his side helping out, but Durant and the Warriors were simply overpowering in a gentleman’s sweep of five games.
The Warriors aren’t as far off from those past dynasty teams as some thought during the regular season or early in these playoffs. And are the Raptors that much better than those Cavalier teams? Before making any NJ sports betting picks on the 2019 NBA Finals, that should be kept in mind.
- The Kevin Durant Question
Whether it’s Curry or Durant, the Warriors have their offense running through a Hall-of-Fame superstar. Golden State has proven it may not need Durant the way teams do with its best player, but the idea that the team is better without him is wholly misguided and ludicrous. They are two extremely dynamic versions of the same team, but have a much larger margin for error with KD. If he comes back, this is 2017 NBA Finals all over again. If not, the result will likely be the same in the end.
- Who’s Hungry?
The Warriors have played in five NBA Finals in a row, but for the first time do not have homecourt advantage. Is there a spot for a letdown while starting the series on the road? Doubtful. They seem to be clicking on all cylinders and could be adding Boogie and KD back into the mix, which is scary to imagine.
On the other side, Toronto is attempting to win its first title and has a superstar playing the best basketball of his already-distinguished career. Still, is it possible winning the East was their championship and now there’s an element of just being happy to reach The Finals?
2019 NBA Finals Predictions: Warriors Three-Peat In Five Games
Even without homecourt advantage, we are taking Golden State -1.5 (-167) as they three-peat in for our 2019 NBA Finals Pick.
The Warriors’ offensive stats this postseason are a mix of time with and without Durant, but still tell a story. This is the best offensive team in the NBA, leading the league with an offensive rating of 114.9 during the regular season. One area to exploit Golden State if they were having an off shooting night was on the boards, where they only grabbed an offensive rebound 25.7 percent of the time. This postseason, the Warriors have posted an improved 116.4 offensive rating while upping the ante on the boards and grabbing 30.1 percent of offensive rebounds. This isn’t only the most efficient scoring team in basketball, but they also get a second chance on three of every 10 missed shots. We didn’t even get to the amount of weapons at Steve Kerr’s disposal, either.
It’s just one example, but it’s indicative of why Kawhi Leonard, Kyle Lowry and the Toronto Raptors have such a huge mountain to climb in order to win this series, even with homecourt on their side. This playoff run for the Warriors doesn’t feel much different than the past few years, even if the regular season didn’t feel that way. In perhaps its last run as one of the most dominant sports dynasties of our time, the Warriors polish off their legacy with another title.
- 2019 NBA Finals Winner: Warriors (-286)
- Series Spread Pick: Warriors -1.5 (-167)
- Series Total Games Pick: Under 5.5 Games (+135)
- Series Score Pick: Warriors Win 4-1 (+350)