Despite losing superstar Kevin Durant to injury during Game 5 of the NBA Finals, the Golden State Warriors were able to sneak away with a 106-105 victory. The Warriors came into that game with a 3-1 series deficit but were able to force one more game at Oracle Arena. Golden State look to stave off elimination with another win in Game 6, while the Raptors hope to wrap this series up.
If the Raptors can win their third straight game at Oracle Arena in Game 6, they will capture their first-ever NBA Championship. Toronto was hoping to celebrate with their home crowd on Monday night, but couldn’t get it done. Golden State is looking for their third straight NBA Championship, and this is without a doubt their toughest challenge. The Warriors are -3.0 point favorites over the Raptors in Game 6.
“Splash Brothers” Need Some Help
Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson have been making big shots for the Warriors for the better part of a decade, and they came up big in Game 5. The “Splash Brothers” combined to score 57 points in that game, and they scored or assisted on 77 percent of the Warriors points. Stephen Curry is averaging 28.5 points per game during this playoff run and could win his first NBA Finals MVP if the Warriors are able to come back.
If the Warriors are going to keep their season alive in Game 6, then the rest of their roster is going to have to show up as well. DeMarcus Cousins came off the bench to score 14 points in the Game 5 win but will likely be back in the starting rotation in this one. The Warriors knocked down 20 three-pointers on Monday night, and another great shooting night should help Golden State force a Game 7 against the Raptors.
Raptors Need Better Guard Play
If the Raptors are going to wrap up the series in Game 6, they are going to have to get better guard play. Kyle Lowry and Danny Green combined for 22 points in the Game 5 loss but shot just 1-10 from the three-point line. Fred VanVleet has been a terrific three-point shooter off of the bench all series long and knocked down three shots from deep in Game 5. If the Raptors are making shots in this game, they will be tough to beat.
Kawhi Leonard continues to pile up points for the Raptors and had 26 of them in the Game 5 loss on Monday night. Leonard is averaging more than 31 points per game during this playoff run for the Raptors and looks to be in line to win his second career NBA Finals Most Valuable Player Award. The Warriors will look to try and run the ball out of Kawhi’s hands when the Raptors are on offense, and it will be up to his teammates to step up.
Golden State Keeps Series, Season Alive
Toronto is still a slight favorite to win the NBA Finals, but things have tightened up in recent days. The Raptors already have two wins at Oracle Arena in this series, but it’s hard to see them winning three straight. Golden State will want to close out Oracle Arena with a victory, and that’s exactly what will happen. Bet the Golden State Warriors -3.0 over the Toronto Raptors.