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The 2019 NBA Finals is set to tip off when the Toronto Raptors host the defending champion Golden State Warriors in Game 1 at Scotiabank Arena on Thursday night. The two-time defending champion Golden State Warriors will put their crown on the line against the Toronto Raptors, who are making their first Finals appearance in franchise history. Although Golden State finished as the top seed in the West and Toronto ended up No. 2 in the East, the Raptors will have home-court advantage in the series as they own a better regular-season record (58-24) than the Warriors (57-25).

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The Warriors, who will be without two-time NBA Finals MVP Kevin Durant for at least the first two games in Canada, may be back in familiar territory in the Finals, but for the first time in four years LeBron James isn’t waiting for them. Instead, the Warriors must deal with Raptors All-Star Kawhi Leonard and a strong group of starters who helped Toronto go 58-24 and knock off top-seeded Milwaukee last week in the Eastern Conference Finals.

Golden State has had 10 days off since its four-game sweep of the Blazers in the Western Conference Finals, which was just enough time for All-Star center DeMarcus Cousins to return from a torn left quad that sidelined him six weeks ago. Cousins, though, isn’t expected to have a huge role in the series, particularly at the outset.

This year’s NBA championship has been billed as a David-versus-Goliath matchup. The Golden State Warriors are favoured, entering this year’s NBA Finals with a back-to-back champion swagger. The Raptors, on the other hand, continue to be referred to as the little team from the North that could. Or just might. This is new territory.

“We know who they are. We got to go out there and do our job,” veteran Raptors point guard Kyle Lowry said. “This is basketball. Ain’t no pressure. It’s fun. This is amazing. It’s a great time.”

The Warriors finished the regular season with a 57-25 record, good enough for first in the Western Conference.

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