Toronto Raptors at Golden State Warriors
|Date & Time||Wednesday June 5, 2019, 9:00 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Golden State -4.5 -- Over/Under 213
The Toronto Raptors travel to the Oracle Arena to battle the Golden State Warriors in Game 3 of the NBA Finals on Wednesday.
The Toronto Raptors made a statement with their impressive win in Game 1, but they will now be looking to bounce back after falling to the Warriors in a 109-104 loss in Game 2. Kawhi Leonard was still visibly limping at times, but he still led the way with 34 points, 14 rebounds and three assists, Fred VanVleet added 17 points in 38 minutes off the bench while Kyle Lowry chipped in with just 13 points. Pascal Siakam struggled mightily as he shot just five of 18 from the field to finish with 12 points, eight rebounds and five assists as the Raptors shot just 37 percent from the field and 11 of 38 from the 3-point line. Despite the poor shooting, the Raptors led for most of the game until the Warriors took control with an 18-0 scoring run in the third quarter.
Meanwhile, the Golden State Warriors were forced to fight back from a rare Game 1 loss, but they did so in fine fashion behind a balanced scoring effort. Klay Thompson led the team in scoring with 25 points, five rebounds and five assists, Stephen Curry added 23 points with four assists, Draymond Green racked up 17 points with 10 rebounds and nine assists while DeMarcus Cousins played a key role as he chipped in 11 points with 10 rebounds and six assists. As a team, the Warriors shot 46 percent from the field and 13 of 34 from the 3-point line as they struggled in the early going, before flipping the game on its head in the third quarter. Unfortunately, the win may have come at a cost as Kevon Looney out with a broken collarbone while Klay Thompson left Game 2 with a hamstring injury and is currently listed as questionable for Wednesday.
Looking at the betting trends, the Raptors are 1-5 ATS in their last six games playing on two days rest, 2-5 ATS in their last seven road games against a team with a home record above .600 and 5-1 ATS in their last six games overall. The Warriors are 4-1 ATS in their last five NBA Championship games, 7-2 ATS in their last nine games playing on two days rest and 2-5 ATS in their last seven home games.
Head to head, the over is 8-2 in the last 10 meetings, the Raptors are 9-19-1 ATS in the last 29 meetings overall and the Raptors are 3-11 ATS in the last 14 meetings in Golden State.
The Warriors will be delighted that they were able to wrestle back control and level the series at one game apiece, but they could be even more shorthanded for this game as Thompson could join Kevon Looney and Kevin Durant on the sidelines. The Raptors missed out on a massive chance to go up 2-0 in the series and they simply can’t miss out on this one. It’s always tough to back against the Warriors who will be playing their last games at the Oracle Arena, but I'm taking the Raptors with the points with the hope that Siakam doesn't have another horrid shooting night.