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Game 5: Where to watch the Toronto Raptors in Edmonton

The Toronto Raptors have a chance to win the NBA championship on Monday night, and Edmonton bars and watch parties will be packed.

The Toronto Raptors have a chance to win the NBA championship, and Edmontonians will be watching

Fans celebrate from the 'Jurassic Park' fan zone outside of Scotiabank Arena in Toronto as the Raptors win game 4 of the NBA finals. (Tijana Martin/Canadian Press)

The Toronto Raptors have a chance Monday to become the first Canadian team to win the NBA championship, and fans in Edmonton will likely be flocking to bars and parties to watch.

Led by Kawhi Leonard on Friday, the Toronto Raptors beat the Golden State Warriors 105 to 92 to take a 3-1 series lead, one game away from winning the Larry O'Brien Trophy.

If the Raptors win Game 5, they will be the first Canadian team to ever take the trophy.

Here are a few places where Edmonton fans will be watching.

Cineplex will host NBA Finals watch parties at Scotiabank Theatre in West Edmonton Mall, and at the South Edmonton Common location. Both events are already sold out.

Toronto Raptors forward Kawhi Leonard handles the ball against Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry during Game 2 of the 2019 NBA Finals at Scotiabank Arena. (Dan Hamilton/USA TODAY Sports via Reuters)

On the outskirts of Edmonton in Enoch Cree Nation, the River Cree Resort and Casino will be hosting a free watch party.

In Spruce Grove, Parkland Community Basketball is hosting a watch party at Ecole Broxton Park School.

The Edmonton Stingers will be at Boston Pizza in Sherwood Park, 11 Broadway Blvd., for a watch party. Fans will be able to meet Stingers players and get autographs and pictures taken.

While there have not been any "Jurassic Park" outdoor watch parties in Edmonton, many fans have been flocking to bars like The Pint, 1st Rnd, and Mercer Tavern.

Raptors fans on social media have been calling for an outdoor watch party, like the ones sportscasts have shown in cities like Saskatoon, Regina, and Halifax.

Eric Fawcett, an Edmonton-based writer for NBA Canada, said he was surprised that the "Jurassic Park" trend hasn't hit Edmonton. 

"Maybe someone in the community, whether it be a club entity or something elsewhere, would maybe step up and put something forward," Fawcett said. "I think that would be very well attended if it happened. I just think it's up to someone to kind of make that first step in and kind of execute that plan."

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