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2019 NBA PLAY-OFFS – Golden State, Milwaukee seem set for final showdown

BY MARK ARCHER
Contributor

Friday, May 17, 2019

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THE 2019 NBA Play-offs are down to the Final 4 and expectations are that the best of the East and the best in the West, during the regular season are going to prevail through the Conference Finals and meet in the NBA Final series.

For the first time in NBA history, two brothers, the Golden State Warriors' Stephen Curry and the Portland Trail Blazers' Seth Curry are facing off in a Conference Final.

In the Eastern Conference final, NBA MVP front-runner, Giannis Antetokounmpo from the Milwaukee Bucks collides with the Toronto Raptors' Kawhi Leonard in a match-up of teams with the two best records during the 2018-19 regular season.

The JustBet favourite, Warriors, enter the Conference Finals without two-time Finals MVP, Kevin Durant, due to a strained right calf sustained in Game 5 of their conference semi-finals series against the Houston Rockets.

He is expected to miss (at the very least) the first two games of this series but 'Warrior-nation' will not be overly concerned since history has proven that Golden State has a better winning record with Curry in the line-up as opposed to Durant. That being said, Kevin's contribution is sure to be missed and his return will be eagerly anticipated for the good of the team (and for the series).

Portland and Golden State have faced each other twice previously in the postseason, with the Warriors winning both (2016 Western Conference Semifinals 4-1 and 2017 First Round 4-0). They split the four regular season meetings with Damian Lilliard averaging 28.3 points and Stephen Curry averaging 28.7 points. Some amount of resistance is expected in this series from Portland (especially at home) but the Warriors have far too many weapons (even without Durant) and should close this series in five games.

During the regular season, the Bucks looked like the better team when matched up against the Raptors. They went 3-1 against the Raptors and won all three games decisively. Toronto got a blowout victory in their third meeting, but Milwaukee were too talented in the other three match-ups.

Milwaukee swept the Detroit Piston in the first round of the play-offs and, after losing the opening game in the second round, dispatched the Boston Celtics in five games. The Bucks, having lost only one of their nine play-off games this year, appear to be improving with every outing and the Raptors haven't been consistent enough to pose a serious threat.

The Raptors, in the last round against the Philadelphia 76ers, had stretches of dominance but also stretches of below average basketball. Granted, there weren't enough stretches of below average basketball for them to lose the last series, but they really haven't looked like a championship calibre team for most of the play-offs, while the Bucks have looked like that kind of team for the entire post-season. The Milwaukee train doesn't appear like it will be slowing down anytime soon so they should take this series in five games (or less).

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JUSTBET NBA CHAMPION 2018-2019

CODE TEAM ODDS
101 GS WARRIORS 1.45
106 TOR RAPTORS 8.50
110 MIL BUCKS 3.00
117 POR BLAZERS 30.00

DATE TIME HOME AWAY

17/05/19 19:30 MIL BUCKS TOR RAPTORS Game 2
18/05/19 20:00 POR T BLAZERS GS WARRIORS Game 3
19/05/19 18:00 TOR RAPTORS MIL BUCKS Game 3
20/05/19 20:00 POR T BLAZERS GS WARRIORS Game 4
21/05/19 19:30 TOR RAPTORS MIL BUCKS Game 4
22/05/19 20:00 GS WARRIORS PORT T BLAZERS Game 5 (if necessary)
23/05/19 19:30 MIL BUCKS TOR RAPTORS Game 5 (if necessary)
24/05/19 20:00 POR T BLAZERS GS WARRIORS Game 6 (if necessary)
25/05/19 19:30 TOR RAPTORS MIL BUCKS Game 6 (if necessary)
26/05/19 20:00 GS WARRIORS PORT T BLAZERS Game 7 (if necessary)
27/05/19 19:30 MIL BUCKS TOR RAPTORS Game 7 (if necessary


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