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Toronto Raptors v Golden State Warriors

Golden State Warriors

The Warriors return to Oracle with a road win, taking home advantage back in the Finals. It’s not all good news heading into Game 3 though, as Golden State took a blow on the injury front. Warriors center Kevon Looney is set to miss the rest of the Finals due to a fractured collarbone, taking out one of the Warriors big bodies down low. Look for the experienced Andrew Bogut to fill in, taking 10-20 minutes of action off of the bench. Bogut will have to be ready on the defensive end, as the Raptors will likely work the ball to Siakam and Gasol in order to test the 34-year-old. Klay Thompson is also questionable for Game 3 after an MRI confirmed that he had strained his hamstring. While Thompson will likely play in the home game on Wednesday, it is possible that the injured hammy could have a negative effect on his shot. Bettors should be waiting on sportsbooks to release the prop bet on Thompson’s OVER/UNDER points scored in Game 3. If the number given is 25+ points, consider taking the UNDER, as that nagging injury could lead to a more passive performance by the Warriors guard.

Game 1 didn’t go Golden State’s way, but they were able to turn things around in Game 2. Game 3 will be at home on Wednesday, and the Warriors will be looking to improve on their 2-1 record in Game 3’s in this postseason. Golden State will be playing at home for the ninth time of the playoffs on Wednesday. The Warriors are 6-2 at home in the postseason so far, and they’ve put up a perfect 5-0 record in their last five games at Oracle.

Golden State Warriors Expected Starting Lineup

Steph Curry, Klay Thompson*, Andre Iguodala, Draymond Green, DeMarcus Cousins

*Doubtful

Golden State Warriors NBA Form

DateFixtureQ1Q2Q3Q4OTFinal
2019.05.20 GSW
POR
36
35
29
34
22
26
24
16
8
6
119
117
2019.05.18 GSW
POR
27
29
26
37
29
13
28
20
110
99
2019.05.16 POR
GSW
31
29
34
21
24
39
22
25
111
114
2019.05.14 POR
GSW
23
27
22
27
26
23
23
39
94
116
2019.05.10 GSW
HOU
27
28
30
29
25
30
36
26
118
113
2019.05.08 HOU
GSW
17
31
26
26
29
15
27
32
99
104
2019.05.06 GSW
HOU
28
25
26
36
30
32
24
19
108
112
2019.05.04 GSW
HOU
26
25
23
33
35
33
28
21
9
14
121
126
2019.04.30 HOU
GSW
20
29
29
29
26
24
34
33
109
115
2019.04.28 HOU
GSW
19
28
34
25
23
30
24
21
100
104
2019.04.26 GSW
LAC
35
31
37
22
30
25
27
32
129
110
2019.04.24 LAC
GSW
37
41
34
22
33
31
25
27
129
121
2019.04.21 GSW
LAC
32
22
30
32
25
30
26
21
113
105
2019.04.18 GSW
LAC
41
24
32
28
36
24
23
29
132
105
2019.04.15 LAC
GSW
25
33
25
40
44
35
41
23
135
131
2019.04.13 LAC
GSW
27
36
29
33
23
29
25
23
104
121
2019.04.10 GSW
MEM
41
45
27
41
22
28
27
18
117
132
2019.04.09 GSW
NOP
18
19
38
37
32
23
24
24
112
103
2019.04.07 LAC
GSW
28
32
27
30
18
42
31
27
104
131
2019.04.05 CLE
GSW
26
36
23
32
35
31
30
21
114
120
2019.04.04 GSW
LAL
39
12
21
30
34
24
14
24
108
90
2019.04.02 DEN
GSW
24
30
19
29
21
27
38
30
102
116
2019.03.31 CHA
GSW
27
35
22
36
23
34
18
32
90
137
2019.03.29 GSW
MIN
32
27
36
27
18
32
29
29
15
16
130
131
2019.03.27 GSW
MEM
31
37
35
23
23
24
29
19
118
103
2019.03.24 DET
GSW
28
29
21
34
28
34
37
24
114
121
2019.03.23 DAL
GSW
37
22
37
24
34
24
18
21
126
91
2019.03.21 IND
GSW
19
19
24
34
19
35
27
24
89
112
2019.03.19 GSW
MIN
30
27
29
20
32
28
26
32
117
107
2019.03.18 GSW
SAS
25
25
22
33
31
24
27
29
105
111
2019.03.16 GSW
OKC
40
27
24
19
23
25
23
17
110
88

Toronto Raptors

It was a tale of supporting casts in Games 1 and 2 for the Raptors. In a Game 1 victory, Gasol, Lowry, and Siakam combined for an impactful 59 points. In Game 2, the same trio put up just 31 points, leaving Kawhi Leonard (34 points in Game 2) out to dry. It was a poor shooting night for the Raptors, who hit just 37.2% of their field goal attempts, and just 28.9% from three. If the Raptors expect to get a big win on the road in Game 3, there will have to be big performances from the shooters in this team. Guards Danny Green and Fred Van Vleet can have a huge impact on the outcome of this game. If the duo is knocking down shots, that Golden State defense will be forced to stretch more, opening up one-on-one opportunities for the versatile frontcourt of the Raptors.

After winning Game 1, the Raptors dropped Game 2 and were unable to take both games at home. Game 3’s have been fairly good occasions for the Raptors, as they’ve been 2-1 in three Game 3’s this postseason. As for their road record, Toronto has struggled, going 4-4 in eight away games in the playoffs. In their last five road games, the Raptors have went 3-2.

Toronto Raptors Expected Starting Lineup

Kyle Lowry, Danny Green, Kawhi Leonard, Pascal Siakam, Marc Gasol

Toronto Raptors NBA Form

DateFixtureQ1Q2Q3Q4OTFinal
2019.05.21 MIL
TOR
31
32
24
33
26
29
21
26
102
120
2019.05.19 MIL
TOR
21
30
30
28
24
19
21
19
16
22
112
118
2019.05.17 TOR
MIL
21
35
18
29
39
31
25
30
103
125
2019.05.15 TOR
MIL
34
23
25
28
24
25
17
32
100
108
2019.05.12 PHI
TOR
13
18
27
26
24
23
26
25
90
92
2019.05.09 TOR
PHI
21
29
22
29
24
29
34
25
101
112
2019.05.07 PHI
TOR
26
27
17
37
27
28
19
33
89
125
2019.05.05 TOR
PHI
24
21
23
24
28
30
26
21
101
96
2019.05.02 TOR
PHI
29
32
24
32
28
25
14
27
95
116
2019.04.29 PHI
TOR
26
17
25
21
18
25
25
26
94
89
2019.04.27 PHI
TOR
31
39
21
22
29
31
14
16
95
108
2019.04.23 ORL
TOR
19
35
28
32
23
32
26
16
96
115
2019.04.21 TOR
ORL
28
26
30
16
24
28
25
15
107
85
2019.04.19 TOR
ORL
26
21
22
24
28
20
22
28
98
93
2019.04.16 ORL
TOR
18
26
21
25
27
39
16
21
82
111
2019.04.13 ORL
TOR
25
30
32
19
18
27
29
25
104
101
2019.04.09 TOR
MIN
26
28
43
19
29
31
22
22
120
100
2019.04.07 MIA
TOR
26
25
31
25
22
28
24
25
6
14
109
117
2019.04.05 TOR
CHA
34
33
31
24
21
33
25
23
111
113
2019.04.03 TOR
BKN
34
22
23
28
33
28
25
27
115
105
2019.04.01 ORL
TOR
36
29
16
33
23
33
34
26
109
121
2019.03.30 TOR
CHI
26
28
41
28
26
19
31
26
124
101
2019.03.28 TOR
NYK
30
18
25
18
32
28
30
28
117
92
2019.03.26 CHI
TOR
18
26
23
30
31
29
31
27
103
112
2019.03.24 CHA
TOR
27
32
31
25
37
26
20
31
115
114
2019.03.22 OKC
TOR
22
29
26
29
35
22
33
29
116
109
2019.03.20 TOR
OKC
39
31
24
24
29
23
18
32
13
4
123
114
2019.03.18 NYK
TOR
29
38
25
35
15
28
23
27
92
128
2019.03.17 TOR
DET
21
25
26
25
37
28
23
32
107
110

The Money Line

Here are how the odds to win the match look from the bookies ahead of the game.

Toronto Raptors to win @ 3.15 (43/20) with Unibet.
Golden State Warriors to win @ 1.44 (4/9) with Betfair.

Odds taken at 10:00 GMT 04/06/2019

Key Points

  • Golden State has trailed at halftime in each of their last five matches
  • Warriors guard Klay Thompson (questionable w/ hamstring injury) is averaging 23.0 points per game through two games in the 2019 Finals
  • Raptors guard Kyle Lowry is averaging just 10.0 points per game through two games in the 2019 Finals

Our Verdict and Best Bets

The Warriors are back at home in the Finals, and taking on a very competitive Toronto Raptors team. Most sportsbooks have the Warriors as a -6 favorite in Game 3, making this one a very difficult one to call. Bettors should be waiting to place their money on this one until they have a chance to get an update on the status of Klay Thompson. If Thompson is healthy, this one is going Golden State’s way; But if Thompson has problems with his hamstring, watch out. This Warriors team is heavily dependant on both the scoring and high level defense that Thompson brings on an insanely consistent basis. Consider live betting this one after watching how Klay Thompson is moving for a few minutes at least.

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