NBA Finals 2019: Warriors Still Big Favorites With Series Tied 1-1
Golden State Warriors go into Game 3 of the 2019 NBA finals against Toronto Raptors with the series 1-1 and the Warriors being huge favorites to win the finals overall. The Raptors have been worthy opponents so far, however, and their +220 NBA finals betting odds look like good value.
- The Golden State Warriors have four NBA finals, including three in four years between 2015 and 2018
- This is the first NBA finals the Toronto Raptors have made it to.
- Stephen Curry is the main man for the Golden State Warriors, if he is on song, so are the rest of the team
- Toronto Raptors’ forward Kawhi Leonard is an MVP-calibre player. He scored 23 points in Game 1 and 34 in Game 2
- The Golden State Warriors have never come from a game down to win the NBA Finals
Golden State Warriors Are Overwhelming Favorites
The Golden State Warriors have NBA finals odds of -270 to lift what would be their seventh title. Fans of the Golden State Warriors will be all too aware that their side has never lifted the coveted Larry O’Brien trophy after losing Game 1 of the series.
In 1975, the Golden State Warriors defeated Washington Bullets 4-0, the same scoreline that they defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2018. Their two other victories came in 2015 and 2017 when they beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 4-2 and 4-1 respectively, although they won both of their opening games.
Game 1 of the 2019 NBA finals saw the Golden State Warriors fall to a 109-118 defeat at the hands of the Toronto Raptors. Perhaps worrying for fans of the Golden State Warriors is they were outscored in three of the four quarters and they trailed by 10 points at the interval.
Stephen Curry, as you would expect, top scored with 34 points and had five rebounds and five assists. Klay Thompson, with 21 points, was the only other player to score more than 10 points during the game, something that needs to change because if the Toronto Raptors find a way to stop Curry, it will be game over. Not having Kevin Durrant fit was a major blow.
Game 2 saw the Golden State Warriors narrowly edge a 109-104 victory but they were less than convincing. The Toronto Raptors outscored them in three of the four quarters and it was only the third quarter that went 34-21 to the Warriors that saved them.
A worry for the Golden State Warriors going into Game 3 is Klay Thompson scored a team high of 25 points but left the court in the fourth quarter after complaining of hamstring tightness. With the third game being on June 6th, it does not leave a lot of time for him to get fit.
Toronto Raptors Look a Solid Team
The Toronto Raptors, in their first ever NBA finals have Vegas odds NBA finals of +220, despite their excellent 118-109 victory over the Golden State Warriors in Game 1 and a convincing display in Game 2.
Where the Golden State Warriors only had two players scoring more than 10 points in the first game, Toronto Raptors has five such players and looked fantastic during offence. The Toronto Raptors forwards wee almost unplayable and the Golden State Warriors had no answer to them. Kawhi Leonard bagged 23 points with Pascal Siakam putting 32 points onto the scoreboard.
Center Marc Gasol hit 20 points and Fred VanFleet scoring 15 and Danny Green getting 11 points. When you have that many points scorers in your team, anything can happen.
Game 2 ended 109-104 to the Warriors but the Raptors looked like the better team throughout, with the exception of the third quarter where it all went wrong and ultimately cost the Raptors victory. The Canadian side outscored their opponents in the first, second and fourth quarter, but lost 34-21 in the third quarter and that proved to by the difference.
A definite positive was the fact Leonard was fantastic again, bagging himself a team high 34 points. Leonard seems to love playing in the finals and has been immense in the opening two games.
The Golden State Warriors should, on paper at least, go on and secure yet another NBA finals trophy. There is a gulf in class between the two sides and while the Toronto Raptors have reached the finals on merit, they just cannot keep pulling performances out of the bag like they did in Game 1, and that is what is needed if they are to be crowned champions.
That said, the Toronto Raptors looked good in Game 2 too and should really have emerged victorious. This makes us lean towards betting on the Toronto Raptors to win Game 3 which is priced at +195 without a spread at -110 with a +5.5 spread. One thing is for certain, these finals are super exciting!
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