The Golden State Warriors levelled up the series with a hard-fought 109-104 win over the Toronto Raptors at Scotiabank Arena on Sunday night and plenty of punters will fancy the defending champions to go on and retain the NBA Championship. Without a doubt, the series pendulum has swung back in favour of Golden State…
Now heading back to California for a double header later this week, the Warriors will be quietly confident of securing a series lead at Oracle Arena. Golden State fans will expect big things from their side now – the momentum is well and truly with the Warriors.
However, it would be foolish to write Toronto off just yet. Now 13/5 with Ladbrokes to win their first NBA crown, the Raptors are up against it but they could shock Golden State on home court. Victory isn’t a given for the Warriors, especially with their injury issues.
Kawhi Leonard did everything in his power to extend Toronto’s series lead to 2-0 but Golden State found another gear. That ability to step up when the pressure is on is what separates the defending champions from their rivals. This is one of the NBA’s great dynasties.
Steph Curry looked more like his usual self in Game 2 and plenty of punters will be backing the Warriors for glory based on his performance. Golden State will be without Kevin Durant, Kevon Looney and Draymond Green for Game 3 yet they are still 4/9 with 888sport to win on Wednesday night. That is testament to Golden State’s strength in depth.
Event Date: June 6, 2019
Warriors On Verge Of Special Achievement
Could this be Golden State’s greatest title yet? You could make a solid argument to support that belief given their injury woes this year. Steve Kerr’s men have been on the back-foot time and time again yet but they continue to find a way to win – the true hallmark of champions.
Sunday was much more like it from a Golden State perspective and it would take a brave man to back against Curry and co after that performance. Winning in Toronto should give the Warriors a huge lift ahead of Game 3 and a return to Oracle Arena will help. The 4/1 for Golden State to win by 6-10 points is well worth considering.
Raptors Need At Least One Win In Double Header
Toronto will be looking to claim victory in Game 3 but the Canadian side will keep the faith if they fall short. Nick Nurse’s side must win one of their two road games or else face an uphill task in the series. William Hill are going 2/1 for Toronto to secure a shock win in Game 3.
Leonard is now 11/4 with 888sport to be named NBA Finals Most Valuable Player this year and he will do his chances of individual recognition no harm at all with a big performance on Wednesday night. If he can top 30 points and lead Toronto to victory, the odds will swing in his favour.
The heart says Toronto but the head says Golden State. The Warriors have been incredible on home court in the playoffs in recent years and it would take a brave man to back against Kerr’s side. Anything can happen in sport but Golden State are worthy favourites.
4/9 for the Warriors to win represents decent value with that in mind. However, backing the hosts to win by 6-10 points at 4/1 is preferred. Golden State tick all the right boxes to get the better of Toronto on Wednesday night and that could be crucial in the series.
TIP: Golden State Warriors to win by 6-10 points (4/1 with William Hill)
CORRECT SCORE: Golden State Warriors 111-104 Toronto Raptors