The Golden State Warriors were in desperation mode Monday at Game 5 of those 2019 NBA Finals and will probably maintain a similar situation Thursday for Game 6 because they host the Toronto Raptors, who will clinch their first-ever title with a victory.
Golden State hopes to force a Game 7 as a 2.5-point home favorite on the NBA Finals odds in what will be the last one played in the Oracle Arena in Oakland before the team moves to San Francisco.
The Warriors gutted a 106-105 triumph over the Raptors as one-point road underdogs in Game 5, rallying back from six points down in the final 3 minutes thanks to Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson, who joined to make three of their 12 three-pointers in the last 2:32.
Toronto had shot a 103-97 lead after Kawhi Leonard scored 10 straight points, but an ill-advised time-out predicted by head coach Nick Nurse halted his group’s momentum and gave Golden State the opportunity to break and rally for one last run. This following the Warriors dropped Kevin Durant from the next quarter to an Achilles injury.
Durant underwent surgery to fix his ruptured Achilles on Wednesday, but he isn’t the only injured participant for Golden State at this stage. Kevon Looney totaled just four points and three rebounds in Game 5 as he continues to battle through a shoulder injury which has been re-aggravated. Looney creates more of an impact on the defensive end though while Durant’s crime is going to be missed again after he scored 11 points in 12 minutes in his first game action in more than a month.
Curry and Thompson are more than capable of picking up the slack, although they will likely have to keep their hot shooting .
The Warriors as a team totaled 20 three-pointers on 42 attempts (47.6 percent) in Game 5 whereas the Raptors hit just 8-of-32 (25 percent) from beyond the arc. Golden State has never lost all 3 home games played at the NBA Finals, so that’s another barrier Toronto will try to overcome in trying to end this best-of-seven series in Game 6.
Raptors Paying Out on Road at NBA Betting
The Raptors have won their last three road games both straight up and against the spread, therefore that they should have some confidence going into this potential clincher. In reality, they dominated Games 3 and 4 at Oracle Arena, winning each by double digits as road underdogs on the NBA gaming board to put themselves into prime position to deserve the championship.
Leonard has been outstanding through the series and averaged 33 points and 9.5 rebounds in the first two matches in Oakland.
Defensively, Toronto certainly has an edge right now with more healthy bodies, and the manner of play lately also provides the group an edge. The UNDER has cashed in the previous two games of the Finals on the NBA playoff gambling lines, and it is 3-0 in the past three away from home for the Raptors entire heading 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 that have ended up OVER the total, which is something to keep in mind as well. The difference is that Golden State hasn’t been this little home favored 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’re still listed as +215 underdogs to accomplish this feat based on the updated NBA Finals gaming lines. And if you believe Toronto can win Game 6 or Game 7, you must pay a cost of -260.