Golden State clinched a spot in a fifth consecutive NBA Finals and sportsbooks installed the Warriors as the favorites against an opponent to be determined from the Eastern Conference.
The Toronto Raptors defeated the visiting Milwaukee Bucks, 120-102, Tuesday night to even the Eastern Conference finals at two games apiece. Game 5 in the best-of-seven series will be played Thursday in Milwaukee.
Bookmakers give the finals edge to the Warriors, who are -180 against the Bucks, according to Sports Book USA.
Golden State swept the Portland Trail Blazers with an overtime series capper Monday night, with Steph Curry delivering a triple-double in his fifth consecutive 30-point effort. The Warriors played the entire series without ailing forward Kevin Durant, who will have plenty of time to rest his injured calf.
A Game 7 in the Eastern Conference finals would be played May 27, giving Golden State seven full days off while that series plays out.
Game 1 of the NBA Finals will be played May 30.
Meantime, Dallas Mavericks swingman Luka Doncic and Atlanta Hawks point guard Trae Young were unanimous selections to the 2018-19 NBA All-Rookie first team announced Tuesday.
Joining them on the first team were Phoenix Suns center Deandre Ayton, Memphis Grizzlies forward Jaren Jackson Jr. and Sacramento Kings forward Marvin Bagley III.
It’s the first time since 1984-85 that the top five picks in the draft made the first team. That year, Hakeem Olajuwon, Sam Bowie, Michael Jordan, Sam Perkins and Charles Barkley were honored.
Doncic and Young were named on all 100 ballots submitted by media members and are the leading contenders for Rookie of the Year honors, to be announced at the 2019 NBA Awards on June 24. Ayton, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2018 draft, is also a finalist.
Doncic, 20, was a five-time Western Conference Rookie of the Month. He averaged 21.2 points, 7.8 rebounds and 6.0 assists and registered eight triple-doubles in 72 games.
Young, 20, was a four-time Eastern Conference Rookie of the Month. He averaged 19.1 points, 8.1 assists and 3.7 rebounds and knocked down 156 3-pointers in 81 starts.
Making up the All-Rookie second team were Los Angeles Clippers guards Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and Landry Shamet, Cleveland Cavaliers guard Collin Sexton, New York Knicks center Mitchell Robinson and Hawks guard Kevin Huerter.