Golden State Warriors
After a sluggish game 1, the Warriors rebounded with an incredibly gritty road win in game 2. Draymond Green delivered another well-rounded performance, going for 17 points, 10 boards, and 9 assists. Steph Curry battled a virus to anchor the offence again, scoring 23 points to go with 4 assists and 3 steals. Klay Thompson also had an excellent start to the game, going for 25 points, 5 boards, and 5 assists before getting injured late. Andre Iguodala and DeMarcus Cousins also deserve immense credit for battling through injuries to deliver clutch performances.
With all that the Warriors were dealing with, game 2 has to feel like a missed opportunity for Toronto. Kawhi was the only Raptor who showed up offensively, bullying his way to 34 points and 14 boards. Fred VanVleet also provided his usual bench spark, adding 17 points in his 38 minutes of action. They’ll need much better from Kyle Lowry going forward, with the veteran PG going just 4/11 from the field before fouling out in 28 minutes.
Prediction: Raptors +5.5
With just how many injuries the Warriors are facing right now, 5.5 seems to be a bit too many points to be giving up here. Klay Thompson suffered a bad hamstring injury late on and we’re still unsure whether Kevin Durant will return in this one. Kevon Looney also suffered a rough collarbone injury, while Iguodala, Cousins, and Curry still don’t seem to be 100%. The Raptors should also be the more motivated team here after losing at home in very disappointing fashion. There could definitely be some value on the moneyline at $3, but I’ll take the +5.5 given the uncertain injury situation.
After getting this bet right in game 2, I’m going back to the well here in game 3. One Warrior that still appears to be 100% is Draymond Green, who thoroughly outplayed Siakam last time out. He guarded Siakam the majority of the night, forcing him to go just 5/18 from the field in a relatively poor offensive display. I expect Lowry and Gasol to see more of the ball in game 3, meaning less opportunities for Siakam and a lower points total.