The Warriors will have more than a week to prepare for the winner of the Bucks vs. Raptors Eastern Conference Finals, as the NBA Finals will start on Thursday, May 30.
At the end of Monday’s 119-117 overtime win to close out the Trail Blazers, Stephen Curry admitted to ESPN that the Warriors need the extra rest.
“We saw how long that break was going to be, and we wanted to take advantage of it.”
Golden State has a number of key players hoping to recover from injuries in time for the NBA Finals, including Kevin Durant (strained calf), Andre Iguodala (sore lower leg) and DeMarcus Cousins (torn left quad).
Regarding Durant’s return date, Warriors head coach Steve Kerr told ESPN’s Nick Friedell:
“There’s a big range of how long it could be depending on how he responds and how bad the strain is. This one is taking a little bit longer than the ones he’s had in the past, but that’s OK. He’s coming along well and if he continues to improve at the rate he’s improving now, we’re confident that he’ll be back. We just don’t know when.”
Either the Bucks or Raptors will have home court advantage in the NBA Finals against the Warriors, who are favored to win the NBA Championship regardless of who they face.
Here’s what you need to know before betting the NBA Finals:
2019 NBA Finals Schedule
Game 1: Thursday, May 30 at 9:00 PM ET
Game 2: Sunday, June 2 at 8:00 PM ET
Game 3: Wednesday, June 5 at 9:00 PM ET
Game 4: Friday, June 7 at 9:00 PM ET
Game 5: Monday, June 10 at 9:00 PM ET (If necessary)
Game 6: Thursday, June 13 at 9:00 PM ET (If necessary)
Game 7: Sunday, June 16 at 8:00 PM ET (If necessary)
Odds to Win the NBA Championship
(Courtesy of BetOnline)
Golden State Warriors -240
Milwaukee Bucks +225
Toronto Raptors +2500
Series Price for Potential Warriors vs. Bucks NBA Finals
Series Price for Potential Warriors vs. Raptors NBA Finals
Bucks to Win the NBA Championship
Raptors to Win the NBA Championship
Exact Outcome of the NBA Finals
Warriors Defeat Bucks -175
Bucks Defeat Warriors +225
Warriors Defeat Raptors +600
Raptors Defeat Warriors +2500