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2019 NBA Playoffs – Finals
(1-1) Toronto Raptors vs. Golden State Warriors (1-1)
Date: Wednesday June 5
Time: 9:00PM EST
Venue: Oracle Arena, Oakland, California
NBA Moneyline Odds: Off
NBA Betting Odds: Warriors -5
NBA Betting Total: 212.5
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Through two games of the NBA Finals, the Toronto Raptors and Golden State Warriors each have a game in the win column.
The teams head to Oakland for the next two games at Oracle Arena. Despite the Warriors third quarter barrage, through two games the Raptors have been the more dominant team in 6.5 quarters out of eight.
Unfortunately, that one quarter resulted in an 18-0 Dubs run and five Raptors turnovers.
The Raptors resorted to what members of the Warriors called a janky defense to make the game close. With Klay Thompson coming up lame forcing him from the game Nurse elected to use a box and one defense with Fred VanVleet chasing Curry. Although it proved successful the Raptors struggled to score.
In the end, the Raptors were about a Kawhi fingernail away from stealing the ball for an easy basket to force overtime or to steal back the win.
Kerr elected to not double Kawhi Leonard, at least not every time and sometimes for only part of the possession. Kawhi didn’t move the ball as well (or as quickly) as he did in Game 1, however with increased freedom he went to work on the Dubs to lead all players in scoring with 34 points.
Toronto continued to win paint and fast break scoring but in Oakland will need to play 48 minutes of defense. Granted Warriors injuries could play a big role and we should expect to see Nurse’s adjustments seeking to take advantage of the personnel on the floor.
The whistle was particularly rough in the first half and Kyle Lowry ended up fouling out with only 27:41 of playing time.
Although OG Anunoby was dressed, Nurse isn’t sure when he’ll play based on how much size he lost in recovery following his surgery for a ruptured appendix.
Golden State Warriors
By virtue of the 18-0 run and five Raptors turnovers, the Warriors were able to steal the game in the 6ix and subsequently take back the home court edge.
The Warriors made improvements primarily in their transition defense but their offense was also far crisper than Game 1.
Kevon Looney left with a shoulder issue and will be lost for the series. Klay Thompson tweaked a hamstring, Andre Iguodala was still gimpy, DeMarcus Cousins was just returned from his quad injury and pushed to play 28 minutes and Steph Curry was either suffering from dehydration or the flu.
The Warriors ‘Strength in Numbers” motto was never more evident than in this win. They’ll need it moving forward as Steve Kerr confirmed Durant will not play, Thompson is listed as questionable (he says he’ll play) and with Looney out Cousins, Andrew Bogut and Jordan Bell will be required to fill Looney’s minutes.
Everyone knew the Warriors would respond to the Game 1 loss, but aside from the third quarter, there are still major issues to address.
NBA Betting Trends:
- Warriors are 7-3 in the last 10 head to head contests.
- Raptors are 6-3-1 ATS in the teams last 10 head to head matches.
- The over-under is 7-2-1 in teams last 10 head to head meetings.
Free Toronto Raptors vs. Golden State Warriors NBA Prediction:
In spite of so many questions surrounding health, the Warriors receive the largest spread in the series so far.
Watch for Lowry to make amends and get out to a quick start plus Lowry and Siakam will look to push the pace on Cousins or Bogut.
4* Free NBA Playoff Betting Pick: Raptors plus 5
The Raptors should respond with a win as they’ve tended to bounce back with big wins after losses the entirely of the postseason. And, they’ve simply looked like the better team the majority of the series.
As the minute begin to take a toll on the injured Warriors it does feel like the adversity tested and for the most part, healthy Raptors will prevail.
NBA Free Game 3 Score Prediction: Raptors 112 – Warriors 105
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