Warriors vs Raptors 2019 NBA Finals Game 5 Odds & Expert Pick

Posted by Derrick Harper on June 10, 2019 in

The setting was the 2016 Western Conference Finals. The Golden State Warriors had been embarrassed by the Oklahoma City Thunder in Game 4, and the Thunder took a 3-1 lead in the series. Led by Russell Westbrook, and now-Warrior Kevin Durant, the Thunder had total control of the series. And then the Warriors took over, and the rest is history.

The Warriors are looking to repeat that historical comeback, as they once again find themselves in a 3-1 hole. Only this time, they’re in the NBA Finals, and they’re not at home. The Warriors will have the daunting task of extending the series by defeating the Raptors in Toronto on Monday night in Game 5 of the NBA Finals, let’s check the latest NBA Odds for Warriors vs Raptors.

Warriors vs Raptors 2019 NBA Finals Game 5 Odds & Expert Pick

What About the Warriors?

With the Warriors down 3-1, they’re going to need everything to go right in order to get to Game 6. They may have received some good news on Sunday, as Kevin Durant practiced with the team. His official status is “questionable” for Game 5, but the Warriors are optimistic that he can play on Monday night.

Another piece of good news for the Warriors is that they know how to win on the road. Golden State went 27-14 on the road during the regular season, which was tied for the best road record in the NBA. The Warriors have gone 7-3 on the road this postseason, so the Warriors know how to come into a hostile environment and win.

What About the Raptors?

Enough about the Warriors, let’s talk about the Raptors. Other than their loss in Game 2 on a late 3, the Raptors have looked like a championship-caliber team. Led by Kawhi Leonard and his 31 PPG in the playoffs, the Raptors have taken it to the defending champs.

It all starts with the Raptors defense. Even though Steph Curry has had a great series, the Raptors have still held down the Warriors offense. In Game 4, the Raptors defense caused 19 Golden State turnovers. The Toronto defense has also limited the Warriors from going on their signature runs. They say “defense wins championships”, and the Raptors are trying to prove that statement correct.

Keys to Warriors vs Raptors Game 5

Will he or won’t he play?

Will we see Kevin Durant? If we do see Durant, how will it affect the Warriors? He could spark the Warriors, or he could be the ball dominant player that he once was that will lead to a stagnant offense. We won’t know how limited he will be if he does see the court. There are still a ton of “what-ifs” surround the playing status of Durant.

Who will it be this game?

The Raptors offense has revolved around Kawhi Leonard. Leonard has been the superhero, but he has also had a different sidekick step up in every game. In Game 1, it was Pascal Siakam’s 32 points, in Game 3, Danny Green and Kyle Lowry hit a combined 11 3 pointers, and in Game 4, Serge Ibaka came off the bench to score 20 points. Will a new sidekick make an appearance in Game 5?

Expert Pick for Warriors vs Raptors Game 5

The Toronto Raptors would love nothing more than to be victorious in Game 5 in front of their raucous home crowd. However, the Golden State Warriors have other things in mind. The Warriors know what it’s like to be down 3-1 and come back to win a series.

Do the Warriors, who have been hobbled by injuries to Durant, Klay Thompson, and Andre Iguodala, have enough in them to come back from such a huge deficit? Game 5 of the NBA Finals will be dramatic in many senses. We could see history with the first-ever NBA Champion based in Canada, or we could see the first step of a historic comeback. Bring on Game 5!