1.Golden State Warriors (57-25) 4
2.Toronto Raptors (58-24) 2
The way Toronto is playing, with their tough, gritty defense and in rhythm offense, Toronto can make a series out of this versus Golden State, one of the best assembled teams we have ever seen. It will help that Toronto, who despite being the two seed in the eastern conference, has a better record than the Warriors during the regular season, so they will get the first two games at home. Raptors Forward Kawhi Leonard has been the best player in the NBA playoffs according to many but Warriors Guard Stephen Curry has been amazing in his own right. Warriors Guard Klay Thompson got snubbed of an All-NBA team, so he should be ready to perform well in this series. Raptors Guard Kyle Lowry has looked as good as many guards during the playoffs, and his fellow teammate, Guard Fred VanVleet has performed at a high level as well. We will see what happens with injured Golden State stars Kevin Durant (Forward) and DeMarcus Cousins (Center) or if they will even come back this season at all. Both of the injured stars are free agents and all signs are pointing towards Kevin Durant leaving Golden State to make his own legacy; either for the New York Knicks or the Brooklyn Nets. There is so much riding on this series, for Golden State with injuries and free agency decisions, and for the Raptors it’s getting into the Finals for the first time in franchise history. I have Golden State winning in six but Toronto being the best competition Golden State has had during the NBA Playoffs. Happy summer everyone and happy NBA Finals!!!