Game 6 of the 2019 NBA Finals takes place in Oracle Arena, with the visiting Toronto Raptors up three games to two in this best of seven series. Despite losing Games 3 and 4 at home, the Warriors have the momentum going into Thursday’s game after coming back in the last minutes of their Game 5 victory in Toronto.
Expected Toronto Raptors Lineup: Kyle Lowry, Danny Green, Kawhi Leonard, Pascal Siakam, Marc Gasol
Expected Golden State Warriors Lineup: Steph Curry, Klay Thompson, Andre Iguodala, Jordan Bell, Draymond Green
Raptors: Kawhi must improve from Game 5
Kawhi Leonard has been one of the most efficient and productive players in the NBA postseason, but Game 5 was not one of his best performances. Kawhi had a 26 point, 12 rebound game, but it was a labored showing from the forward. Leonard racked up five turnovers at home
and shot just 9-24 from the field. The Raptors were able to get big output from their bench in Game 5. Five other Raptors scored double digits in the last game, with Gasol and Lowry combining to have 35 points. Losing a game like this always feels like a missed opportunity, and the solid supporting cast performance will only magnify the disappointment.
One positive that the Raptors have heading into a massive Game 6 is their road form. Toronto has won their last three road games in the playoffs, which includes two victories at Oracle Arena. The Game 3 victory is the performance that the Raptors will be looking to emulate. In that matchup, Raptors guard Danny Green was able to knock down his looks, scoring 18 impactful points.
If Kawhi remains aggressive, his presence will likely open up Danny Green and other perimeter shooters. Considering the influence that Green could have on this game, the following prop bet is an intriguing one.
Prop Bet: Danny Green – Over/under 8.5 points
Over : -115
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Warriors: The Splash Bros need a vintage performance
It’s impossible to not talk about the absence of Kevin Durant when discussing the Golden State Warriors. That being said, the Warriors are more than capable of extending this series to a seventh game. The Splash Bros are averaging 48.8 points per game throughout the playoffs, and have been responsible for 52.4 points per game in the 2019 Finals.
With KD out of the lineup, the output of Steph Curry and Klay Thompson will be essential. The bet below, which is offered by a number of NBA betting apps, is one that has the potential to be a lock. Steph will be firing early and often. After going for 47 points in Game 3, Steph is capable of having a career night in a huge moment of the Golden State franchise and his own career.
Prop Bet : Steph Curry – Over/under 32.5 points
With all things considered, a bet on the underdog Raptors represents a bet of decent value. Toronto has put together a number of impeccable road performances in recent weeks in the playoffs, and a Durant-less Warriors team might struggle to keep up with a flowing Raptors team. This pick relies on a big performance from Kawhi Leonard, who was not as efficient in Game 5 as he usually is. Expect a close shootout in this one, with the Toronto Raptors pulling out a third straight road win, claiming their first ever NBA Championship.
Moneyline Odds :
Warriors Moneyline: -140
Raptors Moneyline: +120