When the Toronto Raptors finished off the Milwaukee Bucks and earned the franchise’s first trip to the NBA Finals, many fans were disappointed. Golden State was projected to be the favorite no matter who came out of the East, but the Bucks were expected to put up a much better fight than the Raptors.
But then Toronto shocked the world with a strong win in Game One of the Finals, 118-109. Many began to wonder if the Raptors might actually have what it takes to dethrone the mighty Warriors. That is until they blew a golden opportunity to go up 2-0 with a win in Game Two.
They could have won both games at home; an argument could be made that they should have. But now that the series is tied, the odds are now heavily in favor of the Warriors yet again. But if you are thinking of going with the underdog in hopes of making more money, check out the odds at Bovada.lv:
- Game Three of the NBA Finals: Toronto Raptors @ Golden State Warriors
- Spread: Warriors by 6.0
- Money line: Warriors -250; Raptors +210
- Over/under: 213
Being at home is going to give the Warriors a boost as it should. It wouldn’t be shocking to see Steph Curry have the game of his life; the stage is certainly set for him to explode and make a case for Finals MVP. But the Warriors are going to have a lot of things working against them.
Kevin Durant is still expected to be out, and at this point, it wouldn’t be shocking if he misses Game Four (or the whole series). Kevon Looney is out after injuring his clavicle in Game Two. Klay Thompson is officially day-to-day, but he was diagnosed with a mild hamstring strain after leaving Game Two early. It wouldn’t be shocking if he didn’t play either.
Andre Iguodala is not on the injury report but has been battling some aches and pains as well.
So, the roster may be a little too depleted to handle the Raptors; that is, if Toronto can manage to hit a few more shots this time around.
Toronto’s defense did a decent job holding the Warriors to 109 points in both games. Offensively, they did a great job in Game One making 39 of 77 shots from the floor for 118 points. But they were a lot less accurate in Game Two. They made four fewer shots but attempted 16 more (35-94).
In Game One, they hit five of six uncontested three-pointers but in Game Two, only three of ten. While they shot decent around the rim (60 percent), the Raptors couldn’t hit a jump shot if their lives depended on it (26.6 percent; midrange and three-pointers). In the second half Sunday, Toronto was especially bad hitting just 14 of 48 shots from the floor.
Golden State’s defense deserves some of the credit, of course, but the Raptors were flat out missing open shots.
If Toronto hits just a few more shots Sunday, the outlook heading into Game Three is much different. But with the Warriors trying to battle through so many injuries, the series is primed and ready for Toronto to take control.
With these two teams, anyone can win. While the odds may favor Golden State, Toronto looks like the better team right now simply because they are healthy. But if you don’t feel comfortable taking Toronto to win straight up, you should feel good taking the Raptors and the points.
If they do lose, it will not be by much.