Toronto Raptors vs. Golden State Warriors, NBA Finals game 2. The Raptors won the first game of the finals. The advantage of playing at home was obvious to the Raptors. The team showed that they could dominate the Warriors from the first quarter. If they take the advantage again tonight, the series could close 2-0 before returning to United States. The Warriors had strong offensive problems from the first half. The worst thing was that they could not steal the third quarter as they always do.
Toronto Raptors: We need to win.
The Raptors must win tonight to take the lead in the series. The first game was an offensive class from the Raptors to the Warriors. The visitors could hardly win a quarter. The Raptors won the first quarter 25-21, second quarter 34-28. The third quarter was won by the Warriors by just three points 29-32. The last quarter was a battle until the end 30-28 for the Raptors. The final result was 118-109.
Now there are nine wins at home during the post season. Six post season games without losing at home. Everything has improved since the last loss against the 76ers 89-94. At home the Raptors keep scoring 108.8 points per game and 38.82 FG points. Leonard is the best in the playoffs with 30.7 points per game and Siakam with 19.4.
The ATS record in the playoffs is 8-3-0. In the first game of the finals the Raptors had to cover only -1.5 points in the spread. On average the points in the playoffs have been -5.4 points. In 10 of 11 home games the Raptors were favorites during the playoffs. Only against the Bucks in the second game at home were underdogs with +2.5. Tonight they are favorites again against the Warriors.
Golden State Warriors: Last game to go home.
The Warriors did not expect to lose by almost ten points the first game. Durant much needed in the team, that’s obvious. In the first game of the finals, Curry was the best scoring 34 points. Thompson with 21 points and Green with 10 points. From the bench to 36 points with seven players. The Raptors were more accurate in the field goal with 59.1% against 51.3% of the Warriors.
This first game becomes the third defeat of the Warriors in the post season on the road. Six victories, including two against the Trail Blazers in a series that was “easy” but very close in points. Kevin Durant will not be available for the second game. The average points on the road decrease without Durant. The Warriors are supposedly scoring in the playoffs up to 117.1 points per game, 43.00 FG points. The offense is considered the second best of the season.
The ATS record is negative in the post season. 4-5-0 so far. The last two games on the road could not complete or keep the points in the spread. Against the Trail Blazers they were favorites but they did not complete -2.5 points. Today they will be underdogs with +2.0 in the spread.
My Free Pick & Prediction for Toronto Raptors vs. Golden State Warriors 06/02/2019 is: take the Toronto Raptors -2.0 (Point Spread).
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