2019 NBA Finals: Raptors vs. Warriors Game 3 - Preview and Betting Tips
The NBA Finals now shifts to Oakland for the first time with the Warriors looking to take control of the series and back up their comeback win with victory in Game 3
Toronto Raptors @ Golden State Warriors
Oracle Arena , Oakland - 11:00AM
The Golden State Warriors took a giant step to lifting a third straight NBA Championship with a gutsy 109-104 come from behind win over the Raptors in Game 2 of the NBA Finals. On Thursday, the series moves to Oakland for the next two games with the series now assured of returning to Toronto for a Game 5.
The Warriors missed 20 of their first 28 shots and trailed by as much as 11-points nearing halftime, but rallied to cut the deficit to just five at the main break before opening the second half with an incredible 18-0 run, keeping the Raptors scoreless for almost six minutes. The closest the hosts got to the defending champions after that run was when the score was 106-104 after Danny Green hit a three-pointer with 26.9 seconds left on the clock.
The ensuing play was messy and broken for the Warriors, but Andre Iguodala sealed the victory with a dagger three, which swung the pendulum heavily back in favour of the defending champions who now host the next two matches on their home floor.
The win though may have come at a big cost with Klay Thompson injuring his hamstring during his team-high 25-point performance. Thompson played just 32 minutes and sat the entire 4th quarter with MRI’s yet to determine the severity of the injury and could be doubtful to suit up for a vital Game 3.
However, backup centre Kevon Looney who was also injured during Game 2, will miss the remainder for the NBA Finals due to a fractured collarbone, meaning there will be more minutes for Aussie Andrew Bogut who chimed in for six points off the bench in the win. Durant will again be missing, which means the Warriors could be without two of three biggest offensive weapons.
The Raptors will be smarting from that loss and will need bigger contributions from Kyle Lowry and Marc Gasol in particular if they’re to once again take the lead in the series.
Kawhi Leonard is clearly limited, but has proven time and again he can lead his team through pain and he will need to score 30+ if the Raptors can pull the upset on the road. If Klay Thompson plays, the Warriors will win, if he doesn’t, it leaves the door ajar for the underdogs in what shapes as a pivotal juncture in the series.
Key Stat: The Warriors have a 170-36 (82.5%) W/L record at Oracle Arena from 2015/16 onwards.
Tip: Golden State Warriors @ $1.43
Best bet: Toronto Raptors +6 @ $1.87* (Ladbrokes)
Value bet: Pascal Siakam over 6.5 points and Raptors to win 1st quarter @ $5 (Ladbrokes)