Toronto Raptors vs Golden State Warriors Prediction & Betting Odds - NBA Finals
Series Update – Raptors win first ever NBA Championship
The Toronto Raptors made history as they celebrated Canada’s first NBA Championship with a 114-110 win over the Golden State Warriors in Game 6 on Thursday night to claim the series 4-2.
Kyle Lowry scored 26 points, 10 assists and seven rebounds, with Pascal Siakam also having 26, while Kawhi Leonard had 22 points and Fred VanVleet had 22 with five 3s off the bench for the Raptors.
Klay Thompson scored 30 points, Andre Iguodala added 22 points for the Warriors, while Stephen Curry had 21 points, but shot just 6 for 17 and went 3 of 11 on 3s.
Thompson suffered a torn ACL in his left knee at the 2:22 mark of the third, although amazingly he returned to shoot his free throws before going out again at 2:19.
Golden State moves its games to the new Chase Center in San Francisco from the beginning next season. This season belongs to the Raptors!
Game 6 Update – Golden State scrape home 106-105 in Game 5 to reduce Raptors series lead to 3-2
Two-time defending champions the Golden State Warriors beat the Toronto Raptors 106-105 in Game 5 of the NBA finals on Monday night to stay in the series and cut the Raptors’ lead to 3-2.
The Raptors led by six points with less than 3 1/2 minutes remaining, but Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson combined for three straight 3-pointers in the closing minutes to rally the Warriors to the win.
The Raptors had the opportunity to win it at the death, but Draymond Green blocked a final shot by Kyle Lowry.
Curry scored 31 points for the Warriors, with Thompson adding 26.
Kawhi Leonard scored 26 points for the Raptors.
Kevin Durant returned to action for the Warriors, having missed the previous nine games with a strained right calf, but was forced to limp off in the second quarter.
Golden State hosts Game 6 on Thursday night.
Game 5 Update – Toronto Raptors move to within one win of first championship after victory over Golden State.
The Toronto Raptors beat the Golden State Warriors 105-92 on Friday night to move to within one win of what would be their first championship.
The Warriors now need to win in Toronto on Monday to keep the series alive, and also to ensure that they get to play a final game at the Oracle Arena after 47 years ahead of next season’s move to new Chase Center in San Francisco.
The third quarter, so often decisive for the Warriors, proved their undoing on this occasion as the Raptors outscored them 37-21 to take control of the game.
Kawhi Leonard had 36 points and 12 rebounds for the Raptors, Serge Ibaka scored 20 points in 22 minutes off the bench and Pascal Siakam added 19 points.
Klay Thompson scored 28 points on his return for the Warriors after missing Game 3, while Stephen Curry added 27 points.
Kevin Durant missed his ninth straight game for the Warriors. They will want him back for Game 5 to try and keep the series alive.
Game 5 is will be on Monday night (10th June) back in Toronto where the Raptors have the chance to make history. Go Raptors!
Game 4 Update – Toronto Raptors secure crucial road win at Golden State Warriors for 2-1 series lead
The Toronto Raptors regained the advantage in the NBA Finals with a 123-109 road win at the Golden State Warriors on Wednesday night for a 2-1 series lead in the NBA Finals Series.
It was a tremendous team performance from Toronto, with all five starters scoring in double-digits.
The Raptors were led by Kawhi Leonard with 30 points, seven rebounds and five assists, with Kyle Lowry adding 23 points and nine assists, Danny Green scoring 18 points, Pascal Siakam weighing in with 18 points, nine rebounds and six assists and Marc Gasol adding 17 points and seven rebounds.
Stephen Curry showed what an immense player he is, with 47 points on 45.2% shooting – the most he’s ever scored in an NBA Finals game for the Warriors – but in the absence of All-Stars Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson through injury, plus key backup Kevon Looney, there was no stopping the Raptors.
Game 4 is on Friday night back at Oracle Arena.
Game 3 Update – Warriors beat the Raptors to level NBA Final Series 1-1
The Golden State Warriors tied up their NBA Finals series at 1-1 with hard-fought win 109-104 win against Toronto Raptors on Sunday night.
Having trailed the game 59-54 at the end of the first half, the Warriors gained the momentum with 18 unanswered points to start the third quarter as they moved into a 72-59 lead.
Klay Thompson, who left the court with a hamstring injury in the fourth quarter, led the way for Golden State with 25 points for the Warriors, while Stephen Curry had 23.
Kawhi Leonard scored 34 points and had 14 rebounds for the Raptors.
With Kevin Durant missing for his seventh straight game for the Warriors, they will be hoping that Thompson’s injury is only minor, as the player himself told Steve Kerr that he thought it was.
The Warriors will host Game 3 on Wednesday night, as the series moves to the Oracle Arena for the next 2 games.
Game 2 Update – Toronto Raptors begin NBA Finals with win over Golden State Warriors in Game 1
The Toronto Raptors showed no nerves on their NBA Finals debut as they beat the two-time defending champions, Golden State Warriors, 118-109 at the Scotiabank Arena in Game 1 of the series on Thursday night.
The Warriors are appearing in their 5th consecutive Finals and in each of the previous four years, (all against LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers), the Warriors have won the opening game of the NBA Finals series.
Pascal Siakam led the way for the Toronto Raptors, with a playoff career-high 32 points, Kawhi Leonard scored a relatively modest, by his recent standards, 23 points, but also had eight rebounds and five assists. Marc Gasol weighed in with 20 points.
Stephen Curry scored 34 points for the Warriors, with Klay Thompson having 21.
DeMarcus Cousins came off the bench for the Warriors, having returned from a torn left quadriceps early in the postseason, but Kevin Durant, the MVP of the last two NBA Finals, was again absent.
Game 2 takes place on Sunday night in Toronto.
The Toronto Raptors meet the Golden State Warriors in the NBA Finals with the Raptors having the home-court advantage in the best-of-seven series.
The Raptors rallied from two games down to beat the Milwaukee Bucks 4-2 in the Eastern Conference Finals, while the Warriors swept the Portland Trail Blazers 4-0 in the Western Conference Finals.
The Toronto Raptors are averaging 104.9 points on 44.1 percent shooting and allowing 99.6 points on 41.7 percent shooting. Kawhi Leonard is averaging 31.2 points and 8.8 rebounds, while Pascal Siakam is averaging 18.7 points and seven rebounds.
The Golden State Warriors are averaging 117.3 points on 48.7 percent shooting and allowing 110.5 points on 44.2 percent shooting. Kevin Durant is averaging 34.2 points and 5.2 rebounds, while Stephen Curry is averaging 27.3 points and 5.6 assists.
Toronto Raptors vs Golden State Warriors Lines & Pick
In terms of a NBA Finals betting prediction for the series, the Warriors are the clear favourites in the eyes of most pundits. They are in their fifth consecutive Finals and have won three of the previous four, so that’s understandable.
However, it seems likely that Kevin Durant will miss at least part of the finals for the Warriors through injury.
The Raptors also won both meetings with the Warriors this season; 131-128 in overtime in Toronto on November 29 and 113-93 in Oakland, California, on December 12.
Toronto also has the defense that is capable of making the series competitive and difficult for Golden State. And of course the Raptors also have the legend that is Leonard!
On the basis, the Raptors are the tips to win the NBA Finals 4-3 at +550 with Sports Interaction.
Pick: NBA Finals Series Correct Score – Toronto Raptors to win 4-3 @ +550 with Sports Interaction.