The Golden State Warriors were in desperation mode Monday in Game 5 of the 2019 NBA Finals and will probably be in a similar scenario Thursday for Game 6 as they host the Toronto Raptors, who will clinch their first-ever title with a victory.
Golden State expects to force a Game 7 as a 2.5-point house favorite on the NBA Finals odds in what’s going to be the last one played at the Oracle Arena at Oakland before the group goes to San Francisco.
The Warriors gutted a 106-105 win over the Raptors as one-point street underdogs in Game 5, rallying back from six points down in the last 3 minutes thanks to Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson, who combined to create three of the 12 three-pointers at the final 2:32.
Toronto had shot a 103-97 guide after Kawhi Leonard scored 10 straight points, but an ill-advised time-out called by head coach Nick Nurse halted his group’s momentum and gave Golden State the chance to break and rally for one last run. This after the Warriors lost Kevin Durant from the second quarter to an Achilles injury.
Durant underwent surgery to repair his ruptured Achilles on Wednesday, but he is not the only injured participant for Golden State at this stage. Kevon Looney totaled only four points and three rebounds in Game 5 because he continues to fight through a shoulder injury which was re-aggravated. Looney makes more of an impact on the defensive end though while Durant’s offense is going to be missed after he scored 11 points in 12 minutes in his first game action in over a month.
Curry and Thompson are more than capable of picking up the slack, although they will probably have to continue their hot shooting .
The Warriors as a team totaled 20 three-pointers on 42 attempts (47.6 percent) in Game 5 while the Raptors hit just 8-of-32 (25 percent) from beyond the arc. Golden State has never lost all three home games played in the NBA Finals, so that’s another obstacle Toronto will try to overcome in trying to finish this best-of-seven series in Game 6.
Raptors Paying On Road at NBA Betting
The Raptors have won their last three road games both straight up and against the spread, so they should have some confidence going into this possible clincher. In fact, they dominated Games 3 and 4 in Oracle Arena, winning each by double digits as road underdogs on the NBA gaming board to put themselves into prime position to earn the championship.
Leonard has been outstanding throughout the show and averaged 33 points and 9.5 rebounds in the first two games in Oakland.
Defensively, Toronto definitely has an edge at this time with more healthy bodies, and the style of play recently also gives the group an edge. The UNDER has cashed in the previous two games of the Finals on the NBA playoff gambling lines, and it’s 3-0 in the past three from the home for the Raptors entire going back to the Eastern Conference Finals.
The Warriors would apparently prefer to run up and down the court, but they’re just 0-3-1 ATS in their last four games which have ended up OVER the complete, which is something to remember too. The difference is that Golden State has not been this little house favorite since November 23 of their regular season versus the Portland Trail Blazers.
The chances of a three-peat depend on the Warriors winning Game 6 at home and Game 7 on the road, and they are still listed as +215 underdogs to achieve this feat based on the upgraded NBA Finals gaming lines. And if you think Toronto can win Game 6 or Game 7, then you have to pay a cost of -260.
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