Warriors vs. Raptors Odds, Prediction: Game 2 NBA Finals

Payton Matthews | Updated May 31, 2019

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The Warriors made it a point to double- and triple-team Kawhi Leonard in Game 1 and Pascal Siakam stepped up with 32 points eight rebounds and five assists. Game 2 is Sunday night.

Golden State
57-25
AT
June 02, 2019, 8:00 PM ET
Scotiabank Arena
Toronto
58-24
Pointspread +3 -110
Moneyline +120
Over / Under o +214.5

47%

Betting Action

53%

Pointspread -3 -110
Moneyline -144
Over / Under u +214.5

47%

Betting Action

53%

The Toronto Raptors are unbeaten in NBA Finals history! The Dinos look for a 2-0 lead on Sunday night against the Golden State Warriors and are short home favourites at Sports Interaction.

NBA Finals Warriors vs. Raptors Odds

And just like that, the Warriors-Raptors series is even – at least from a betting perspective even though Toronto leads 1-0 after Thursday’s 118-109 victory in Game 1 of the NBA Finals. The new series line at Sports Interaction has both sides at -118 to win it. However, Warriors in six remains the betting series exact result leader at +225.

Toronto hasn’t been great in Game 2s this postseason. The Raptors demolished the visiting Orlando Magic 111-82 to avoid a 2-0 hole in the first round, but they lost 94-89 to Philadelphia (to even that series at 1-1) and lost 125-103 in Milwaukee (to fall down 2-0). Golden State is 2-1 in Game 2s in these playoffs, all at home. The Dubs were stunned at home in the first round by the Los Angeles Clippers 135-131 but beat the Houston Rockets 115-109 and then the Portland Trail Blazers 114-111 (the Warriors rallied from down 17 and were without Kevin Durant).

Golden State Warriors

Let’s start with the most important news: Durant is expected to sit out yet again. Recent reports say that the earliest KD might return from his calf injury is now Game 4, although the Warriors could be putting up a giant smokescreen. More people than not believe KD won’t play at all in this series.

What the Raptors did in Game 1 is try and force everyone but Steph Curry and Klay Thompson to beat them. Fine, those two got theirs in combining for 55 points but no one else had more than 10. Even more concerning: Arguably the team’s best defensive player, Andre Iguodala, appeared to aggravate a leg injury that cost him Game 4 of the Western Conference Finals. Iggy says he’s fine, but that could be doubly big with KD’s injury. Thursday was the Warriors’ first loss in Game 1 of the NBA Finals under Coach Steve Kerr and snapped the team’s league-record 12 consecutive series-opening playoff winning streak.

Toronto Raptors

The NBA hands out awards like MVP, Most Improved Player, etc. based on regular-season performances. Toronto’s Pascal Siakam might win MIP regardless, but if the playoffs counted he would have clinched it Thursday. The Warriors made it a point to double- and triple-team Kawhi Leonard as much as possible, and Siakam stepped up with 32 points on 14-for-17 shooting along with eight rebounds and five assists in one of the great Finals performances ever, much less for a guy in his Finals debut. He made 11 straight field goals at one point, the longest streak by any player in a Finals game over the past 20 years.

Marc Gasol also was the beneficiary of many open looks with so much attention paid to Leonard, and Gasol finished with 20 points. Toronto became just the fourth team since the NBA-ABA merger (1977) to win in its NBA Finals debut. The last to do so was Dallas in 2006 – the Mavs did lose that series, blowing a 2-0 lead to the Miami Heat.

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