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Toronto Raptors vs. Golden State Warriors - 6/2/19 NBA - Playoffs Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Golden State Warriors at Toronto Raptors
Date & Time Sunday June 2, 2019, 8:00 PM (EDT)
Location
Scotiabank Arena
Toronto, Ontario
The Line
The Line: Toronto Raptors -1.5 -- Over/Under: 215
TV Channel
ABC
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The Golden State Warriors and Toronto Raptors meet Sunday in game two of the NBA Finals at the Scotiabank Arena.

The Golden State Warriors have another chance to take home court and head back to Oakland with a 1-1 series tie. The Golden State Warriors are averaging 116.8 points on 48.4 percent shooting and allowing 110.9 points on 44.6 percent shooting. Kevin Durant is averaging 34.2 points and 5.2 rebounds while Stephen Curry is averaging 27.7 points and 5.6 assists. Klay Thompson is the third double-digit scorer and Draymond Green is grabbing 9.9 rebounds. The Golden State Warriors are shooting 37.1 percent from beyond the arc and 82.7 percent from the free throw line. The Golden State Warriors are allowing 36.6 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 44.1 rebounds per game. The Golden State Warriors have won three of their last four road games.

The Toronto Raptors look for another home victory to take an impressive 2-0 series lead. The Toronto Raptors are averaging 105.6 points on 44.4 percent shooting and allowing 100.1 points on 41.8 percent shooting. Kawhi Leonard is averaging 30.7 points and 8.8 rebounds while Pascal Siakam is averaging 19.4 points and 7.1 rebounds. Kyle Lowry is the third double-digit scorer and Marc Gasol is grabbing 6.2 rebounds. The Toronto Raptors are shooting 34.7 percent from beyond the arc and 81.9 percent from the free throw line. The Toronto Raptors are allowing 31.7 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 42.4 rebounds per game. The Toronto Raptors have won their last six home games.

The Warriors are 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games playing on 2 days rest, 2-7 ATS in their last 9 vs. Eastern Conference and 2-10 ATS in their last 12 Sunday games. The Raptors are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 home games, 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games playing on 2 days rest and 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Warriors are 1-3-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings in Toronto and 1-4 ATS in the last 5 meetings. The under is 6-0 in Raptors last 6 games playing on 2 days rest The over is 5-1-1 in Warriors last 7 road games.

The Golden State Warriors have covered six of their last eight games as an underdog. The Toronto Raptors have covered seven of their last 11 games as a favorite. 

The Golden State Warriors have lost back-to-back games just three times since Christmas and this is only the 19th time since March of 2018 where they're underdogs. It's also fair to question if the Toronto Raptors are going to get another performance like that from Siakam, Gasol and others. The Raptors role players have been hit or miss all playoffs, and they can't afford for this to be the Kawhi show while everybody watches. There's once again reason to consider the Warriors and the free points. The one thing we can count on is the Raptors defense and that side of the ball feeds off the crowd even more in Toronto. The Raptors defense forced 16 turnovers in their game one victory and shutdown everybody not named Curry and Thompson. Unless Durant returns, it's hard for the Warriors to find easy looks against this Raptors defense, and that's the reason I had Toronto in game one and was leaning toward them in this series. I'm not sure the Raptors shoot that well again, but their defense gives them the edge against a Warriors squad without Durant. I'll lay the small chalk. 

Pick:
Toronto Raptors -1.5

Randy Chambers has been with Sports Chat Place since 2014 and covers everything from the NFL to WNBA and tennis. Nobody works harder in this business in terms of content produced and amount of sports covered. Formerly a lead college football writer with Bleacher Report and has had his work featured at Fox Sports, CBS Sports and various other outlets.

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