NBA Finals – Game 5

Toronto Raptors vs Golden State Warriors, 11 am
Raptors -3

Toronto Raptors

The Raptors picked up a hugely impressive sweep of the two games in Oracle with a dominant 2nd half in game 4. Kawhi Leonard was absolutely insane yet again, going for 36 points, 12 boards, and 4 steals. Serge Ibaka also provided some instant offence off the bench, going for 20 points in 22 minutes on 9/12 shooting. The rest of their starters have a ton of room for improvement, combining for 13/42 from the field. Their defence was also very stellar yet again, holding Golden State under 30% from 3.

Golden State Warriors

In what is looking like the last ever game at Oracle Arena, the Warriors just didn’t have what it took in game 3. Klay Thompson looked like the best Warrior in his return from injury, dropping 28 points on very efficient shooting. Steph Curry also added 27 points and 6 assists of his own, although he looked visibly gassed late due to his offensive load. Draymond Green continues to battle hard on the interior, falling just 1 rebound short of another triple-double. With the majority of the rotation injured already, Kevin Durant’s status for game 5 is still unknown at the time of writing.

Prediction: Raptors -3

The Raptors have taken full advantage of Golden State’s injuries, thoroughly outplaying them in the last 2 games. Even if Durant does return here, it’s hard to see him being back to his previous level after barely working out for the past month. Kawhi has been consistently the best player in this series and I expect another dominant display here as he claims the Finals MVP. Toronto knows this is their best chance to close this series out and as the more talented team, I think they should be laying more than 3 here. Golden State will definitely put up a strong fight, but I don’t see anything other than a Raptors win.

Raptors Team Total Over 107.5

A theme throughout this series so far has been the dominance of this Raptors offence against the Warriors defence. They’re seemingly getting very good looks on almost every possession, and doing a solid job converting them. A lot of Golden State’s injuries are to their best defenders and I can see them struggling to contain Toronto again in this one. If it’s even somewhat close late, I also expect the Warriors to play the foul game, which should artificially increase Toronto’s total.