2019 NBA Finals: Raptors v Warriors Game 2 - Preview & Betting Tips
For the first time under Steve Kerr, the Warriors trail 1-0 in an NBA Finals series and will need a more balanced offence if they’re to square the series.
Golden State Warriors @ Toronto Raptors
Scotiabank Arena , Toronto - 10:00AM
Golden State has trailed four times in postseason series’ under Steve Kerr’s management and has come back to win all of those, they will need to make it five if they’re to lift a fourth NBA Championship in the past five years.
Meanwhile, looking to continue the momentum which saw them taste victory in the series opener, the Toronto Raptors once again host the Golden State Warriors at Scotiabank Arena looking to consolidate their home court advantage. Pascal Siakam came up huge for the hosts during that 118-109 result, recording a 32-point on 14-17 shooting and also grabbing an equal time-high eight rebounds which were backed up by Marc Gasol’s 20 points and strong defensive display.
Stephen Curry managed a game-high 34 points, but wasn’t at his best, with the pestering defence of Fred VanVleet a big factor in the win – Toronto’s third straight over the Warriors this season. DeMarcus Cousins played an inauspicious return game, taking to the court for just eight minutes; it remains to be seen whether his role will increase on Monday for Game 2. What’s certain is that Kevin Durant will not return, but Andre Iguodala is likely to lineup despite him struggling with a calf injury.
Key Stat: The Raptors have covered the line in each of their last five games.
Tip: Toronto Raptors
Best bet: Toronto Raptors -1.5 at $1.91* (Ladbrokes)
Value bet: Toronto Raptors -1.5/Over 214.5 total match points @ $3.60* (Ladbrokes)