Toronto Raptors s Golden State Warriors / NBA – For the first time in history the Raptors fans have opportunity to watch their team in the NBA final, or in other words to fight for the title. After a turning the result up-side down in the series against Milwaukee Toronto will face the reigning champions Golden State Warriors, for whom this will be the fifth consecutive NBA Finals. The Raptors will have the home-field advantage in first two games. Toronto won both games with the Warriors played in the regular season (131-128 after overtime, and 113-93).
Toronto Raptors vs Golden State Warriors 31.05.2019 at 03:00 CET
The Raptors played two games more than the Warriors (12-6 vs 12-4) in the playoffs and were in quite difficult situations in all three series. However, they eliminated all opponents and for the first time in their relatively short history they managed to reach the NBA Finals. It is a big thing for the only Canadian team in the NBA as well as for its best player Leonard, who has proved that he can take the Raptors, just as he took the Spurs before, to the NBA Finals (Toronto hopes to extend the contract with Leonard after the Finals).
He will now face several excellent defenders and he will more than ever need help from his teammates. Statistics says that the Raptors outplayed their opponents by 148 points when Lowry and Leonard were together on the court, as well as that Gasol plays markedly weaker outside their arena. Card up the Raptors sleeve could be recovered VanVleet, who after birth of his son scored on average 16 points in last three games (for three points 14/17), while in first 15 play-off games he scored only 4 points per game (for three points 8/41).
Probable lineups Toronto Raptors: Lowry, Green, Leonard, Siakam, Gasol
Golden State Warriors
The Warriors became the first team in the history who managed to reach the NBA Finals five times in a row after Boston and their series of 10 consecutive finals in period 1957-1966 (when the league had only nine teams). The Warriors defend the title which they won in two previous seasons, and will try to win their fourth in last five years. Before Wednesday we didn’t know will Durant be ready for the start of the final series but coach Kerr revealed that the best scorer of the team is still not ready to return on the court.
Situation with Cousins is a bit better, although he is not certain as well. The Warriors shouldn’t worry too much about attack but they need a good defensive player to stop Leonard. Whether it will be experienced Iguodala or versatile Green will move to position three from which will try to stop the Claw depends on coach Kerra idea. The Warriors are the best visiting team in the playoffs (they won 6 out of 8 games), although they finish only 40% of their attacks in the paint, and they are the best team in the playoffs in shooting from the paint as well as in shooting for three points.
Probable lineups Golden State Warriors: Curry, Thompson, Iguodala, Green, Bogut
Toronto Raptors vs Golden State Warriors PICK
The two teams had enough time to rest and prepare for the NBA Finals. Although the guests will miss Durant it doesn’t mean that the Warriors have no solution to compensate for his absence, but that will be more difficult to do against Toronto. Toronto players are aware that can hardly parry to the Warriors in attack, which is why they need better defence. These two factors combined might easily result with a less efficient game.
Pick: under 213.5 points
Odds: 1.95 at betsson (down to 1.83 can be played)
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