NBA Betting: Warriors Fight To Stay Alive
The Golden State Warriors will attempt to stave off elimination one more time Thursday night, when they host the Toronto Raptors in Game 6 of the NBA Finals.
Down 3-1 heading into Game 5, the Warriors stayed alive with a 106-105 win over the Raptors as a 1-point road underdog at Bovada Sportsbook. Following the Golden State win, the road team has now won four straight in the series both straight up and against the spread.
Toronto trying to win franchise’s first NBA title
The win didn’t come without a cost for Golden State. Two-time NBA Finals MVP Kevin Durant played his first game in the series after returning from a calf strain. His return was short-lived as he suffered an Achilles injury in the win that will sideline him for the rest of the series. Before exiting with the injury, Durant had scored 11 points.
Carrying the Warriors with Durant out was Stephen Curry with a game-high 31 points to go along with eight rebounds and seven assists. Klay Thompson chipped in with 26 points, DeMarcus Cousins added 14 points and Draymond Green just missed a triple-double with 10 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists.
As usual, Kawhi Leonard led the Raptors with 26 points and 12 rebounds. Kyle Lowry had 18 points but also missed a last-second three-pointer that would have given Toronto the win and its first NBA championship.
Raptors 3-0 SU, ATS in Oakland this season
Returning home for Game 6, even with Durant done for good, the Warriors are a 2.5-point favorite at Bovada Sportsbook. At home in the postseason this year, the Warriors are 6-4 SU and 3-7 ATS, which includes going 0-2 SU and ATS vs the Raptors in this series. Including the regular season, the Raptors are 3-0 in Golden State this season both SU and ATS, and they’re 5-1 ATS in their last six road games against the Warriors.
During their playoff run, the Raptors are 6-4 SU and 5-5 ATS on the road, which includes a three-game winning streak heading into Game 6. As an underdog in the postseason, Toronto is 5-2 SU and ATS and has won four straight.
The latest series odds list the Raptors as the favorite at Bovada. Up 3-2, the Raptors are a -260 favorite to win their first NBA championship. The Warriors are now +215 underdogs to win their third straight NBA title.