The 2019 NBA Finals are set, and you can now bet on the action in a variety of simple and easy ways through New Jersey’s top sports betting apps.

The Toronto Raptors will take on the defending champion Golden State Warriors in the best-of-seven series. It’ll all get started with Game 1 on Thursday, May 30. Tip-off is at 9 p.m. ET in Toronto, Canada.

All the games will air on ABC affiliates here in the US.

The Raptors are Canada’s only NBA team and this marks the franchise’s first trip to the NBA Finals.

In contrast, this is the Warriors fifth straight NBA Finals. Golden State has captured the title three out of the past four years.

As a result, the Warriors are clear favorites to win the series at the top three NJ sports betting apps.

2019 NBA Finals odds

This is what the opening odds on both teams to win the NBA Finals were at DraftKings SportsBook, FanDuel Sportsbook, and BetStars NJ on Monday:

NBA FinalsDraftKingsBetStars FanDuel
Golden State Warriors-315-333-330
Toronto Raptors+250+235+270

These top NJ sportsbooks are also taking bets on Game 1 itself.

The opening Game 1 odds posted by these NJ gambling sites represent a rarity in the sports betting industry. Both teams are actually moneyline favorites.

That means you’re going to have to bet more than $100 to win $100 on either team when you bet the Game 1 moneyline.

You still pick an outright winner and get paid according to the odds posted at the time you place the bet if they win. However, if you book a bet at these opening odds, you’ll have to wager somewhere between $102 and $118 to win $100 plus your bet back.

Raptors-Warriors Game 1 odds at NJ sportsbooks

This is what the opening Game 1 moneyline odds at the top three online and mobile sportsbooks in the state looked like:

NBA Finals Game 1DraftKingsBetStarsFanDuel
Golden State Warriors-107-105-102
Toronto Raptors-110-118-114

More NBA Finals bets

These NJ sports betting operators are also offering gamblers the opportunity to increase the payout on a series bet if they can pick the exact series score.

The Raptors to beat the Warriors in four straight opened at +4000 on BetStars. Think it’ll go seven and the Warriors will three-peat? DraftKings is paying +550 on the Warriors to win it 4-3.

FanDuel Sportsbook even has lines posted on the correct series score after the first three games. This market opened with the following odds:

  • Golden State 2-1 (+116)
  • Raptors 2-1 (+210)
  • Golden State 3-0 (+370)
  • Raptors 3-0 (+1320)

NBA Finals MVP odds

Golden State will begin the series with two-time NBA Finals MVP Kevin Durant sitting out with an injury.

That means the NBA Finals MVP award is likely up for grabs.

Most NJ sportsbooks are also taking bets on who will win the award this year. Warriors guard Stephen Curry is the moneyline favorite right now, but that could change as the series moves on.

This is what the opening odds in the NBA Finals MVP market looked like at FanDuel and DraftKings:

NBA Finals MVPFanDuelDraftKings
Stephen Curry-167-143
Kawhi Leonard+245+250
Kevin Durant+1600+900
Draymond Green+700+900
Klay Thompson+2300+2000
Kyle Lowry+7000+2500
Pascal Siakam+6300+4000

And when the NBA Finals continue?

The NBA Finals continue with Game 2 in Toronto on Sunday, June 2. The Game 2 tip-off is set for 8 p.m. ET.

Game 3 and Game 4 are in Oakland on Wednesday, June 5 and Friday, June 7.

If necessary, the two teams will go back to Toronto for Game 5 on June 10. Then, Game 6 will be in Oakland on June 13 and Game 7 in Toronto on June 16.

To be fair, NJ sports betting apps will post new odds for Game 2. Plus, each will adjust the odds in the futures markets based on several factors. These factors include:

  • Who wins Game 1
  • Who will play in Game 2; and
  • Which sides are seeing the most action

Therefore, you’re going to want to check the odds between games to see if anything has changed. Plus, continue to shop around for the best price on a bet as the NBA Finals continue.

Martin Derbyshire

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In his over 10 years covering the US online poker, legal NJ online gambling, and land-based casino industries, Martin Derbyshire has worn the hats of award-winning journalist and video and film producer. He has logged countless miles reporting on the world of high stakes gambling.