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2019 NBA Playoffs – NBA Finals
(0-0) Golden State Warriors vs. Toronto Raptors (0-0)
Date: Thursday May 30
Time: 9:00PM EST
Venue: Scotiabank Arena, Toronto, Canada
NBA Moneyline Odds: OFF
NBA Betting Odds: Raptors -1.0
NBA Betting Total: 213.5
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History is in the making as the Golden State Warriors seek to three-peat and win their fourth championship in five seasons. Moreover, the NBA is experiencing their first Finals outside the United States as the Canadian based Toronto Raptors play host to open the NBA Finals.
Toronto won both games this season (only second team to sweep Warriors in season in Steve Kerr era), but injuries and trades make those meetings a moot point.
Golden State Warriors
For the first time in the Warriors dynasty run, they will open away from Oracle. Injuries are set to play a factor as Golden State will begin the series without Kevin Durant who has yet to play with any contact since injuring his calf on May 8.
DeMarcus Cousins is practicing with the team but while Steve Kerr said he expects Boogie to play they won’t rush him back. This partly due to how well the Warriors played to close out the Conference Finals and partially because Cousins is still finding his timing and getting back his conditioning.
Despite losing Durant to injury the Warriors rediscovered their offensive brilliance with the Splash Brothers lighting up the court and Stephen Curry, in particular, looking like his old MVP self. Since Curry hasn’t won an NBA Finals MVP this series offers a great opportunity to win his first.
As for Klay Thompson, he enters this series with a chip on his shoulder after losing over $30 million dollars for not being voted to an All-NBA team.
The x-factors for the Warriors should also come from their bench with Kevon Looney and Jonas Jerebko being players who could surprise. Alfonzo McKinnie also played for the Raptors last season providing extra motivation.
As mentioned, Durant (calf) is out, Cousins (quadriceps) is questionable, while Iguodala (calf) and Shaun Livingston (knee) are listed as probable.
Each series the Raptors played en route to the NBA Finals served as the perfect precursor to the next one. That said, there is no perfect preparation for a team as lethal offensively as the Warriors even without Kevin Durant.
Still, the Raptors defense is top notch seemingly improving through each round with Nick Nurse making the perfect adjustments. If Durant doesn’t play it could be putting Kawhi on Draymond to stop his playmaking and implementing the Dubs transition.
Kawhi Leonard is an unstoppable force, has been the playoff MVP and at times carried the Raptors. Somewhere in the middle of the Bucks series however, everything seemed to click with the Raptors finding their flow on both sides of the hardwood.
Danny Green had the second best perimeter efficiency in season (45.5%) but was nowhere to be found in the Conference Finals shooting 4 of 23. A faster pace should bode well for him as he prefers transition pull up treys.
The x-factors will come from the benches with Fred VanVleet looking to continue his hot streak. Although Pascal Siakam should be a far greater factor in the Finals as he had five days to rest his ailing hamstring, calf and shoulder injuries and finally won’t be facing behemoths like Joel Embiid and Giannis Antetokounpo as primary defenders. Granted Draymond Green is a top notch defender but Siakam’s height and reach difference should bode well for him.
Patrick McCaw and Chris Boucher played for the Warriors previously but only McCaw may get some minutes to help chase one of the Splash Brothers.
OG Anunoby hasn’t played this postseason after undergoing an emergency appendectomy when it ruptured on April 11 and subsequently got infected. As recently as Monday he was deemed 10 days away but was upgraded to questionable late Wednesday afternoon.
NBA Betting Trends:
- Warriors are 8-2 in the last 10 head to head contests.
- Raptors are 5-4-1 ATS in the teams last 10 head to head matches.
- The over-under is 7-3 in teams last 10 head to head meetings.
Free Golden State Warriors vs. Toronto Raptors NBA Prediction:
Ultimately, this comes down to the best playoff offense versus the best defense and which “others” can rise to the occasion. While the Warriors have the edge on experience, talent and pedigree the Raptors have arguably the highest I.Q’d starting five and enter this series with nothing to lose, plus they believe they can win.
The emotional leaders for each team are Draymond Green and Kyle Lowry. With the latter making his first NBA Finals appearance he’ll be laser focused on taking full advantage of the opportunity.
Rebounds will be a huge factor and this series will be the first the Raptors have been in where their opponent doesn’t boast numerous 7-foot players to contend with.
4* Free NBA Playoff Betting Pick: Raptors ATS
Although the Raptors haven’t typically played great in Game 1’s the energy in the 6ix is palpable and if the game is close the Canadian crowd who is delirious over the Raptors berth should provide the edge.
NBA Free Game 6 Score Prediction: Raptors 107 – Warriors 105
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