Golden State Warriors and Toronto Raptors will meet in Game 6 of the NBA Finals. The Raptors lead the series 3-2 despite a tight home defeat in Game 5 and even though the hosts are the favorites in this duel, the visitors already showed they can beat them at Oracle Arena.
Golden State Warriors Team News
The Warriors experienced a lot of injury-related troubles in the postseason so far and the most serious one is Kevin Durant’s. After returning to the court from a calf strain injury, Durant logged just 12 minutes in Game 5 before suffering another injury. Durantula will miss several months due to Achilles tendon injury and is out of this clash.
Still, Golden State fans are happy to have Klay Thompson fit from a hamstring injury and after he missed Game 3, Klay returned for the last two games and will play tonight as well. Thompson played a vital role in the Warriors’ 106-105 win in Game 5 as he made some crucial triples late in the game.
Stephen Curry emerged as the team’s top scored since Durant’s previous injury and he led his team through the playoffs, which was also the case in Game 5 win. Curry had 31 points with eight boards and seven dishes and was followed by Thompson who finished the encounter with 26 points, six rebounds, and four assists. If the Splash Brothers combine for 50+ points in this one, the hosts will have a good chance to get a win and tie the series at 3-3.
Toronto Raptors Team News
Unlike the Warriors, the Raptors don’t have any injury-related problems and head coach Nick Nurse is delighted to have his entire team at his disposal. Nurse made a big-time management mistake in Game 5 loss as he called a timeout at the moment when Toronto was on a 9-2 run, and after the break, the Raptors find it hard to score. The Warriors answered with nine straight points through Curry and Thompson and successfully defended the rim on the final play of the game.
The Raptors had six players in double digits in a narrow defeat and it looks that they have more offensive weapons than the Warriors, which can be vital in Game 6. Leonard and Lowry shouldn’t have a problem to combine for 40+ points. However, their defence must find the way to stop the hosts’ great shooting from downtown and the D is Toronto’s chance to win the title.
Golden State Warriors vs. Toronto Raptors Betting Tip
Two of five games in this series went over in totals but the last two games went under, and I don’t think we will see a bunch of points tonight, so our betting pick for this game is under 211.5 points. If you prefer playing on the Asian handicap, you can go with the Raptors not to lose by more than five points because the Warriors didn’t win by more than five in this series and there is a big possibility this game will be a narrow one.
Betting Pick: Under 211.5 (1.90/-110)
Additional Betting Pick: Toronto Raptors +5.5 (1.60/-170)