The NBA Finals have arrived, with the Toronto Raptors set to take on the Golden State Warriors in a seven-game series to decide the NBA champions for 2018-19. Game 1 is set to be played at the Scotiabank Arena in Toronto on Friday, May 31 at 11am (AEST).
The Raptors snatched home court advantage for the finals series – their first in franchise history – with the second-best record in the league, only behind that of the Milwaukee Bucks.
Toronto had to go past the Bucks to make the finals, with an inspired effort led by Kawhi Leonard getting them through in a 4-2 series victory during the Eastern Conference Finals.
In the Western Conference, the Golden State Warriors were pushed hard in the semi-finals by the Houston Rockets, but followed that up with a sweep of the Portland Trail Blazers to earn themselves a week off before this big series gets underway.
The Raptors will have home court in Game 1, 2, 5 and 7, while the Warriors will play in the Bay for Game 3, 4 and 6.
Games are generally separated by a two-day break, with the final match of the series – should it be required – set to be played on Monday, June 17.
|1||Fri May 31||11am||Toronto Raptors||Golden State Warriors||Scotiabank Arena, Toronto|
|2||Mon Jun 3||10am||Toronto Raptors||Golden State Warriors||Scotiabank Arena, Toronto|
|3||Thu Jun 6||11am||Golden State Warriors||Toronto Raptors||Oracle Arena, Oakland|
|4||Sat Jun 8||11am||Golden State Warriors||Toronto Raptors||Oracle Arena, Oakland|
|5*||Tue Jun 11||11am||Toronto Raptors||Golden State Warriors||Scotiabank Arena, Toronto|
|6*||Fri Jun 14||11am||Golden State Warriors||Toronto Raptors||Oracle Arena, Oakland|
|7*||Mon Jun 17||10am||Toronto Raptors||Golden State Warriors||Scotiabank Arena, Toronto|
Dates: Friday, May 31 – Monday, June 17
Start times (AEST): 11am (Games 1, 3, 4, 5, 6), 10am (Games 2, 7)
Venues: Scotiabank Arena, Toronto (Games 1, 2, 5, 7), Oracle Arena, Oakland (Games 3, 4, 6)
TV: Live, ESPN
Online: Live, Kayo Sports, Foxtel App, Foxtel Now
OG Anunoby, Chris Boucher, Marc Gasol.l, Danny Green, Serge Ibaka, Kawhi Leonard, Jeremy Lin, Kyle Lowry, Jordan Loyd, Patrick McCaw, Jodie Meeks, Malcolm Miller, Eric Moreland, Norman Powell, Pascal Siakam, Fred VanVleet
Golden State Warriors
Jordan Bell, Andrew Bogut, Quinn Cook, DeMarcus Cousins, Stephen Curry, Marcus Derrickson, Kevin Durant, Jacob Evans, Draymond Green, Andre Igoudala, Jonas Jerebko, Damian Jones, Damion Lee, Shaun Livingston, Kevon Looney, Alfonzo McKinnie, Klay Thompson