Toronto Raptors vs Golden State Warriors / NBA – Toronto won Game 1 118-109 and took a lead in the NBA Finals. Regardless that Game 1 had the lowest viewership in 10 previous years (the Finals only) but the game was everything but uninteresting. We definitely expect uncertainty in Game 2 where everyone will expect response from the Warriors.
Toronto Raptors vs Golden State begins Warriors 03.06.2019 at 02:00 CET
Several things steered the first game of the final series on Raptor’s side. First and foremost, all starts played well and especially those on whom the Warriors didn’t pay much attention (Siakam and Gasol), and then stopping the Warrior so-called background players. Leonard played with less intensity but he was still good enough to score 23 points and had 8 rebounds and 5 assists. On the other hand Siakam played almost a perfect game – 32 points (shooting from the field 14/17) and he also had 8 rebounds, 5 assists and 2 blocks.
The Raptors exploited the Warrior’s weaker backcourt (regardless of Cousins return) and made an advantage through Siakam and especially Gasola (20 points). VanVleet continues to be the best card up in Toronto’s sleeve as he scored 15 points in Game 1. Toronto had shooting from the field at fantastic 50.6%, which significantly helped to win the fifth consecutive game in the play-off.
Probable lineups Toronto Raptors: Lowry, Green, Leonard, Siakam, Gasol
Golden State Warriors
In last four years the Warriors had the home-field advantage in the finals (always against Cleveland) and they always won the first game (besides, they won 12 previous Game 1 in play-off’s series). However, the era has come to an end. Firstly, the Warriors don’t have the home-field advantage of a domestic pitch this time, and secondly, they failed to win the Raptorse in the first game in history of NBA finals played outside the US.
Cousins did play but he but didn’t do much (3 points), while Durant was still out of action. As things stand now, the team's best shooter wont’ play either in Game 2 or Game 3, which, if we judged by Game 1 could be a problem for reigning champions. Curry again scored more than 30 points (34 points), while Thompson added his 21. Green had aother triple-double (the fifth in this year's play-off), but besides three of them all others have underperformed.
Probable lineups Golden State Warriors: Curry, Thompson, Iguodala, Green, Cousins (Bell)
Toronto Raptors vs Golden State Warriors PICK
Everyone expects what the Warriors will do now, especially as they mustn’t allow that Toronto get 2-0 advantage in the Finals, while on top of it is uncertainty about Durant. Toronto’s self-confidence grew after winning Game 1 and the Raptors won’t stop no. That is why Game 2 should be more open and offensive than the first one.
Pick: over 214.5 points
Odds: 1.93 at 10bet (down to 1.87 can be played)
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