NBA Finals: Raptors vs. Warriors Game 5 - Preview & Betting Tips
The Toronto Raptors are just one win away from creating history and winning their first NBA Championship. Can they finish this amazing series at home in Game 5?
Scotiabank Arena , Toronto - 11:00AM
The Toronto Raptors are now just one win away from completing their historic mission and claiming their maiden NBA Championship, defeating one of the greatest teams in history in the process. By winning both games in Oakland, perhaps the last two ever played in that arena, the Raptors lead best-of-seven series 3-1 where teams are 33-1 in NBA Finals with a such a lead.
The Warriors have been on both ends of a 3-1 series margin. They trailed the Oklahoma City Thunder in the 2016 Western Conference Finals before going on to win that series and setting up a 3-1 lead in the NBA Finals against the Cleveland Cavaliers in the same year before ultimately losing that series in seven games.
The Raptors have taken full advantage of their opposition’s personnel issues during the series in the absence of Klay Thompson and Kevin Durant, but despite Thompson’s return in Game 4, the Warriors were no match for the Raptors in the second half as they fell 105-92.
This paved the way for Kawhi Leonard to add to the incredible exploits which have seen him score 100 points across the last three games and is currently just the 5th man in NBA Finals history to be averaging over 30 points and 10 rebounds per match.
Kevin Durant has been cleared to play for the first time in a month after missing the last nine games with a calf issue. He appears to be the Warriors only hope of swinging this series around.
With the exceptions of Thompson, Draymond Green and Stephen Curry, no Warrior has had a big enough impact to sway results in their favour, meaning Durant will need to force Game 6.
Key Stat: Five of the last six games between the Warriors and Raptors at Scotiabank Arena have gone OVER the total match points line.
Tip: Toronto Raptors
Best bet: Toronto Raptors -2 @ $1.95* (Ladbrokes)Value bet: Toronto Raptors -2.5/Over 213.5 @ $3.70* (Ladbrokes)