Golden State Warriors have a chance to become just the sixth team in NBA history to win three successive Championships ahead of their Finals series with Toronto Raptors.
Toronto have home-court advantage thanks to a superior regular season record, but they have played two more games than Golden State on their way to the Finals.
The Raptors came through a gruelling six-game series with Milwaukee Bucks in the previous round, and fatigue could be a factor for Toronto as the series progresses.
The Warriors will be without Kevin Durant for the first game on Thursday night but they have impressed in the absence of the two-time Finals MVP.
GSW brushed aside Portland Trail Blazers 4-0 in the Conference Finals as Steph Curry (10/11 Over 31.5 Points) managed an incredible 146 points across the four games – top scoring in each contest.
The Warriors have had an extra five days to prepare for Game 1 and that should work in their favour, and the two-time defending champions can open the series with a win.
The Warriors beat Cleveland Cavaliers 4-1 in 2017 and 4-0 last year in the previous two Finals Series but it may not be quite so straightforward against the Raptors this year.
Toronto won both of the regular season games between the two teams, although the last time they met was in December and Golden State have improved since after a sluggish start to the season by their standards.
The Raptors showed their fighting spirit as they fought back from 2-0 down to beat the Bucks in six games in the Conference Finals and with home-court advantage they should be able to win a few games in the Finals, but the Warriors are worth some consideration to win the series 4-2 or 4-3 in what could be a fiercely competitive series.
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