Toronto Raptors vs Golden State Warriors Prediction & Betting Odds - NBA Finals Preview
June 16, 2019
The Toronto Raptors became Canada’s first ever NBA champions on Thursday night, as they beat the Golden State Warriors 114-110 in Game 6 to clinch the NBA Final series 4-2.
The points were shares around by the Raptors, as Kyle Lowry scored 26, 10 assists and seven rebounds, Pascal Siakam also had 26, while Kawhi Leonard added 22 points and Fred VanVleet had 22 with five 3s off the bench.
Klay Thompson scored 30 points for the Warriors, before suffering a torn ACL in his left knee at the 2:22 mark of the third (still somehow returning to shoot his free throws before going out again at 2:19), with Andre Iguodala adding 22 points. Stephen Curry scored 21 points, although he could only shoot 6 for 17 and went 3 of 11 on 3s.
The regular season for 2019-20 will begin in October. This season is one that will never be forgotten by the victorious Raptors!
Game 6 Update – Golden State Warriors rally to beat Toronto Raptors 106-105 in NBA Finals.
A 106-105 win over the Toronto Raptors in Game 5 kept the Golden State Warriors alive in the NBA finals series on Monday night, reducing the Raptors’ lead to 3-2.
With less than 3 1/2 minutes remaining the Raptors had led by six points, but the Splash Brothers – Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson – teamed up for three straight 3-pointers in the closing minutes to see the Golden State rally for the win.
The Raptors had the chance to win it at the death, but the final shot by Kyle Lowry was tipped by Draymond Green.
Curry totalled 31 points for the Warriors while Thompson added 26.
Kawhi Leonard scored 26 points for the Raptors.
Having missed the previous 9 NBA games with a strained right calf Kevin Durant briefly returned for the Warriors, only to limp off in the second quarter.
Golden State hosts Game 6 back at the Oracle Arena this Thursday night.
Game 5 –
The Toronto Raptors beat the Golden State Warriors 105-92 in Game 4 on Friday night to take up a 3-1 series lead and move to within one win of what would be their first ever NBA Championship.
Unless the Warriors win at the Scotiabank Arena on Monday night, the Warriors will have played their final game at the Oracle Arena after 47 years ahead of next season’s move to new Chase Center in San Francisco.
The third quarter proved to be decisive, with Toronto outscoring Golden State 37-21 to take control of the game.
Kawhi Leonard had 36 points and 12 rebounds for the Raptors, with Serge Ibaka scoring 20 points on 9-of-12 shooting in 22 minutes off the bench and Pascal Siakam adding 19 points.
Klay Thompson returned 28 points with six 3-pointers for the Warriors after missing Game 3, while Stephen Curry added 27 points.
The talismanic Kevin Durant has now missed his ninth straight game for the Warriors, although they’re hoping he will be available for Game 5 or, if they can keep the series alive in Toronto, Game 6.
Game 5 is scheduled for Monday evening back in Toronto for what could be a historic night. Let’s go Raptors!
Game 4 Update – Momentum swings back to Toronto Raptors after road win at Golden State Warriors
The Toronto Raptors came away with what could be a pivotal road win in beating the Golden State Warriors 123-109 on Wednesday night for a 2-1 series lead in the NBA Finals.
All five starters for the Raptors scored in double-digits, with Kawhi Leonard scoring 30 points, seven rebounds and five assists, Kyle Lowry adding 23 points and nine assists, Danny Green had 18 points, Pascal Siakam contributed 18 points, nine rebounds and six assists and Marc Gasol added 17 points and seven rebounds.
The Warriors were without All-Stars Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson through injury, plus key backup Kevon Looney. Stephen Curry was awesome in trying to keep the Warriors in the game, with 47 points on 45.2% shooting – the most he’s ever scored in an NBA Finals game, but there was no stopping the Raptors.
Game 4 will be on Friday night back at Oracle Arena in Toronto.
Game 3 Update – Golden State Warriors beat Raptors level the series
The Golden State Warriors levelled the series to claim home-court advantage against Toronto Raptors on Sunday night with a 109-104 win.
An 18-0 blitz at the start of the second half helped the Golden State Warriors to victory over Raptors to level up the best-of-seven series at the NBA Finals at 1-1.
The Warriors overturned a 59-54 deficit at the end of the first half as they ran off the first 18 points of the third quarter to lead 72-59.
Klay Thompson, who left the court with a hamstring injury in the fourth quarter, scored 25 points for the Warriors, while Stephen Curry had 23.
Kawhi Leonard had 34 points and 14 rebounds for the Raptors.
Kevin Durant missed his seventh straight game for the Warriors, so they will be concerned as to the seriousness of Thompson’s injury. The player told Steve Kerr that he thought his injury was not serious.
The Warriors will host Game 3 on Wednesday night, as the series moves over to the Oracle Arena for Games 3 and 4.
Game 2 Update – Toronto Raptors off to a flying start with win over Golden State Warriors
The Toronto Raptors got off to the best possible start in the NBA Finals with a 118-109 win over the Golden State Warriors on Thursday night in Game 1 of the series.
The Raptors were making their debut in the NBA Finals, whereas the Warriors are appearing in their fifth consecutive Finals. In each of the previous four years, all against the Cleveland Cavaliers, the Warriors have won the opening game of the series.
Pascal Siakam led the way for the Raptors, scoring a playoff career-high 32 points, with Kawhi Leonard having 23 points, eight rebounds and five assists and Marc Gasol adding 20.
Stephen Curry scored 34 points and Klay Thompson had 21 for the Warriors.
DeMarcus Cousins came off the bench for the Warriors, having returned from a torn left quadriceps, but Kevin Durant, the MVP of the last two NBA Finals, was again absent.
Game 2 will be on Sunday night in Toronto.
The NBA Finals 2018-19 will be contested between the Toronto Raptors and the Golden State Warriors, with the Raptors having the home-court advantage in the best-of-seven series.
The Raptors showed great resilience in the Eastern Conference Finals, as they rallied from two games down to beat the Milwaukee Bucks 4-2. It was straightforward for the Warriors in the Western Conference Finals, as they the Portland Trail Blazers 4-0.
Toronto Raptors vs Golden State Warriors Stats
The Toronto Raptors are currently averaging 104.9 points on 44.1% shooting and allowing 99.6 points on 41.7% shooting. Kawhi Leonard is averaging 31.2 points and 8.8 rebounds, while Pascal Siakam is averaging 18.7 points and 7 rebounds.
The Golden State Warriors are averaging 117.3 points on 48.7% shooting and allowing 110.5 points on 44.2% shooting. Kevin Durant is averaging 34.2 points and 5.2 rebounds, while Stephen Curry is averaging 27.3 points and 5.6 assists.
Can the Raptors win the NBA Finals?
The Golden State Warriors are the clear betting favourites with the online sportsbooks and in most bet predictions which, given that they are in their fifth consecutive Finals and have won three of the previous four, is understandable.
However, there are several factors that could help swing this series for the Toronto Raptors.
First up is that they do hold the home-court advantage going into the series. The Raptors also won both meetings with the Warriors this season; 131-128 in overtime in Toronto on November 29 and 113-93 in Oakland, California, on December 12.
It also seems highly likely that an injury will deprive the Warriors star player Kevin Durant for at least part of this series.
Toronto also has the defense that is capable of making the series competitive. And finally, the Raptors also have the legend that is Leonard!
Toronto Raptors vs Golden State Warriors Pick
Therefore, on the above basis, the Toronto Raptors are our tips to win the NBA Finals 4-3 at +550 with Sports Interaction.
Pick: NBA Finals Series Correct Score – Toronto Raptors 4-3 @ +550 with Sports Interaction