Write the Toronto Raptors off at your peril. That was our advice ahead of Game 3 – and we hope you listened.
Not only did Toronto march into Oracle Arena and pick up a convincing victory; the Raptors won all four quarters. You’d have got decent odds on Nick Nurse’s men achieving such a feat ahead of Wednesday night’s contest…
The Golden State Warriors have had their injury issues at the worst stage of the season but take nothing away from Toronto – this was their night.
NBA fans who proudly predicted a 4-0 drubbing in favour of the defending champions have been forced to eat humble pie but the series is far from over. The Raptors are ahead but it would be foolish to take anything for granted.
With players set to return for the Warriors ahead of Friday night’s Game 4, we could see a much-changed Golden State. Another epic encounter looks likely at Oracle Arena.
Steve Kerr’s side will be determined to make amends for that loss at the first time of asking and punters can back the Warriors at 4/9 with Betway to level up the series once again.
Steph Curry notched 47 points in that defeat. Yes, that’s right – forty-seven points. Scoring that many points and still losing the game will hurt but Warriors fans will take the positives from Curry’s special night.
With a better defensive performance, Golden State will be back in business ahead of what could be a decisive weekend in the NBA title race. Without further ado, let’s get down to the best bets ahead of Game 4.
Warriors Know That Defeat Is Not An Option
It is do or die time for Golden State. Falling short against Toronto for the second home game in a row could signal the end of their NBA Championship aspirations.
The Warriors are one of the best dynasties in NBA history and another Finals comeback will cement their status as an elite basketball team.
Expect the Warriors to storm out of the blocks in Game 4. Golden State will want to put on a show for their fans while righting a few wrongs in the process.
Punters should consider the 7/2 available for Golden State to lead by 6-10 points at half-time. Toronto could be under the cosh from start to finish on Friday night.
Pressure Eased On Toronto’s Shoulders
Looking at the series as a whole, Game 3 could turn out to be decisive. Heading into the contest, Toronto knew that they had to win one of the next two games and Nurse’s side showed no remorse.
It was a very impressive performance and that win gives the Raptors an opportunity to make history. Securing back-to-back wins at Oracle Arena will not be easy but Toronto are value at 39/20 with William Hill.
Kawhi Leonard was imperious once again; notching 30 points, seven rebounds and six assists on a fantastic night for Toronto.
As previously mentioned, the NBA Finals MVP betting has now swung in his favour. At the time of writing, NBA betting odds show Leonard as joint-favourite with Curry at 10/11.
With players returning from injury, it is difficult to back against the Warriors here. Golden State know just how important victory is in Game 4 and the defending NBA champions are made of stern stuff.
We will see a resilient Warriors outfit on Friday night and Toronto will do well to stay in the game. But with Leonard in fine form, the Raptors can keep this competitive and nerves may start to creep in at Oracle Arena.
Take the 3/4 for the Raptors at +6.5 on the handicap. With a tight game expected, Toronto could even nick another shock road win with a bit of luck.
TIP: Toronto Raptors +6.5 handicap (3/4 with 888sport)
CORRECT SCORE: Golden State Warriors 108-104 Toronto Raptors