The Golden State Warriors have already bounced back from one Kevin Durant injury in the 2019 NBA Playoffs, and now they’ll be forced to do it again to bring home their third straight NBA title. Durant went down with an Achilles injury in Game 5 and is now out for the remainder of the 2019 NBA Finals against the Toronto Raptors. But with Durant in the locker room and the team staring down elimination, the Warriors held on for a 106-105 win on the road in
Toronto to send the series back to Oracle Arena for Game 6 on Thursday at 9 p.m. ET. Golden State is a 2.5-point favorite, down one from the opener, while the over-under for total points scored is 212 in the current Warriors vs. Raptors odds for Game 6. It’s been a series full of twists and turns, so before locking in any Warriors vs. Raptors picks of your own, be sure to see the 2019 NBA Finals predictions from the proven projection model at SportsLine.
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Now, the model has honed in on Game 6 of Raptors vs. Warriors in the NBA Finals 2019. We can tell you it is leaning over, and it says one side of the spread hits in well over 50 percent of simulations. That pick is available only at SportsLine.
The model has taken into account that playing without Durant is nothing new for Golden State in the NBA Playoffs 2019. The Warriors finished off the Rockets and then swept the Trail Blazers without him before opening the finals with KD still on the shelf.
Durant provided a noticeable lift early in Game 5, but the Warriors went back to their familiar formula of leaning on the Splash Brothers — Steph Curry and Klay Thompson– to hit game-clinching shots in crunch time. Others have elevated their play with Durant out as well. Draymond Green has averaged close to a triple-double in this series, while DeMarcus Cousins and Kevon Looney, both coming off injuries themselves, have also shown flashes of brilliance.
Still, there’s no guarantee Golden State will cover the Warriors vs. Raptors spread against a Toronto club that has won twice in Oakland already.
Leonard appeared to be on his way to a place in postseason lore and Finals MVP honors after he scored 10 points in a spurt that led Toronto from a seven-point deficit to a six-point lead. He was crowded on the final play and forced to dish to an open Lowry, who saw Green close and contest the shot.
But Leonard still had help from his teammates, as six Raptors reached double-figures. The Raptors held a 54-32 edge in points in the paint and a 54-47 edge on the boards.
So who wins Game 6 of Raptors vs. Warriors? And which side of the spread can you bank on well over 50 percent of the time? Visit SportsLine now to see which side of the Raptors vs. Warriors spread to jump on Thursday, all from the advanced model that returned more than $3,000 on top-rated NBA picks this season.