Golden State Warriors vs Toronto Raptors / NBA – The Warriors have managed to survive and to return the series to their arena. Toronto had chance to win the historic title but it failed to use it and now it is a big question how they cope with that psychologically after losing at home.
Golden State Warriors vs Toronto Raptors begins 14.06.2019 at 03:00 CET
Golden State Warriors
The Warriors have at least extended the series for a bit and with that their chance to defend the title although they still lag behind in the series and need two more wins to achieve that objective. It is fact that they haven’t won a single home game with the Raptors in the final series, but they also couldn’t count on Durant who, at least for a while, has showed on the court. Since 2015 the Warriors fought seven times to survive in the series and how much they are mentally strong can be seen through fact that they won six such games.
It is a big question what is status of Durant’s injury, although according to what we have seen on TV screen chances to return in the team are very small. He had great desire to help his teammates, he scored 11 points and was good wind at their back at the beginning of game but he reinjured himself and had to leave the court on crutches. Curry was the best shooter in his team with 31 points, while Thompson added his 26.
Probable lineups Golden State Warriors: Curry, Thompson, Durant (Iguodala), Green, Cousins
Despite weak start of the game and constant backlog, which can be attributed to a great nervousness due to historic chance to win the title the Raptors had +6 less than four minutes before the end, and a good momentum to win the decisive victory. However, weak defence on Warriors’ guards had again put them behind Golden State although even then nothing was over. They had their fate in their hands, or more precisely Lowry attempted a 3-pointer but Green successfully blocked him and the Warriors won 106-105.
It was a great shock for the Raptors’ fans who were ready to celebrate the title. Now, they have to wait at least one game. Leonard didn’t shoot well throughout the whole game (9/25) although he did well when the game was decided. Anyway, very weak shooting for three points was the final nail in the Raptors coffin, 25% or 8/32, while on the other hand it worked well for the Warriors 20/42.
Probable lineups Toronto Raptors: Lowry, Green, Leonard, Siakam, Gasol
Golden State Warriors vs Toronto Raptors PICK
The Warriors still lag behind in the series but they have chance to win in front of their fans. After Durnat recurrent injury that will definitely not be easy but they should try to use shock that the Raptors experienced after missing 3-point attempt and chance to win the title. Still, no teams will rush as the stakes are high, and in general we didn’t see overly efficient games in the final series.
Pick: under 212.5 points
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