This season’s NBA Finals between the Toronto Raptors and the Golden State Warriors returns to Oracle Arena this Thursday night for Game 6 with the Raptors holding the 3-2 series edge. Tip-off on ABC is set for 9 p.m.
Toronto was in position to close out the world champs on Monday night in pursuit of its first NBA title in franchise history with a 3-1 series lead. Instead, it is heading to Game 6 after dropping a tight 106-105 decision as a slight one-point home favorite. This was just its second loss both straight-up and against the spread over its last nine postseason games. The total stayed UNDER 217 points and it has stayed UNDER or ended as a PUSH in three of the last four games in this series.
The top three scorers on this roster have accounted for over 60 percent of the points scored in this 23-game playoff run. Kawhi Leonard is at the top of the list with 30.9 points per game while also leading the team in rebound with 9.2. Pascal Siakam is next with 18.7 points and Kyle Lowry has averaged 14.6 points with a team-high 6.5 assists. This is the basic core of players that will need to step things up on Thursday night
The Warriors live to play another day in pursuit of their fourth league championship in five seasons. After losing a pair of games on its home court as a bigger favorite than three points, Golden State needs to win at home this Thursday to force a deciding Game 7 on Sunday night. Its overall record at home in this year’s playoffs in 10 previous games is 6-4 SU with a 3-7 mark ATS. The total has stayed UNDER in three of the Warriors’ las five home games.
Kevin Durant saw his first action since Game 5 of the conference semifinals against Houston and his injury situation went from bad to devastating with a torn Achilles. It will now be up to Golden State’s top three players to pull off another desperation win to keep this series alive for one final winner-take all showdown. Stephen Curry led all scorers in Game 5 with 31 points. Klay Thompson scored 26 points on the strength of seven three-point buckets and Draymond Green added 10 points and 10 rebounds to Monday night’s winning cause.
Toronto blew a great opportunity to win this series in five games. Giving Golden State life gives the Warriors the inside track to win again on Thursday both SU and ATS.