The NBA Finals will be back with a bang on Friday and history will be made regardless of the result.
Golden State Warriors are back for an astonishing fifth consecutive year, after having won three of their last four finals and are on track for a triple. However, it is first a franchise for the Toronto Raptors to reach the Final and a huge upset will make them win the very first ring.
Will the Warriors play with a different title or can the Raptors defy the odds? Here, Sportsmail answers the most important questions …
Steph Curry and his Golden State Warriors teammates are up for an NBA Finals three-peat
Has anyone previously had the & # 39; three-peat & # 39; reached?
Yes, three franchises have completed the impressive performance, but they rarely pass by.
The Boston Celtics managed, but more unbelievably, won eight championships back-to-back between 1959 and 1966, covering a dominant period in the NBA.
The Los Angeles Lakers succeeded twice under two franchise names, with their first arrival as the Minneapolis Lakers between 1952 and 1954, after which they started doing it again decades after their re-brand from 2000 to 2002.
In the end, the Chicago Bulls succeeded three in a row under Phil Jackson, when he had Michael Jordan, Scottie Pippen and Dennis Rodman in his team.
The Chicago Bulls managed three consecutive titles in the 1990s with Michael Jordan and Co.
How did they both come to the final?
The Warriors made light work of the Portland Trail Blazers by sweeping Damian Lillard and Co 4-0 in the Western Conference Finals.
Steve Kerr & # 39; s side also beat the LA Clippers and the Houston Rockets 4-2 on their way to the Final.
The Raptors had a slightly more difficult time in the final of the Easter Conference, which means not much time to rest for Nick Nurse & # 39; s team.
The Canadian franchise came down 2-0 to defeat Milwaukee Bucks 4-2 while the Philadelphia 76ers took them to a seventh-game decider in the semifinals.
Raptors also had to come from behind against the Orlando Magic, but they could easily bet 4-1 in the opening series.
How much money is offered?
The Warriors and the Raptors play for a small amount of money – $ 1,295,117 (£ 1,027,027), to be exact.
That is the difference between winning the Final and losing the Final, at least with regard to the take of the NBA playoff pool.
The Warriors already have a value of $ 4,435,312 (£ 3,517,202) from the play-off pool; the Raptors have won $ 4,325,888 (£ 3,430,429).
This year's playoff pool was $ 21,676,510 (£ 17,189,472), which all 16 teams shared after the season. No playoff team received less than $ 323,506 (£ 256,540). Milwaukee achieved by far the most non-final team – after achieving the best NBA record and reaching the Eastern Conference Finals, the Bucks will share $ 2,516,774 (£ 1,995,801).
Has a team outside the United States ever played in the NBA final?
This is the first year that a team from outside the US has participated in the Final. Game 1 of the series starts in Canada, which will also be the first time that a Finals game is being played outside of the US.
The Raptors have never made the final in their 24-year history, but this year's nurse turned out to be the best at the Eastern Conference.
It is also the Nurse rookie season as a coach in the NBA, making his performance all the more impressive.
This is the first year that a team from outside the United States has participated in the final
When does the best of seven series begin and end?
The start date of May 30 for these Finals is the first since 1986 in the NBA title series, when the Houston-Boston match-up started on May 26.
So the 2019 Finals started earlier than the norm.
That doesn't mean they are early. If they cover the distance, they end on June 17 – nine days later than the last race of last season.
What is your prediction?
It is hard to look past Golden State, even if Kevin Durant is not suited to play at the start of this series.
They want to make it three in a row and the Raptors have never found themselves under the microscope that comes with an NBA final.
Kawhi Leonard has lifted the trophy with the San Antonio Spurs and Serge Ibaka has also reached the final series earlier. If the nurses have to write one of the great stories of the sport, they need the experience of Leonard and Ibaka to rub themselves around them.
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