NBA Finals 2019 Game 6: Warriors Vs. Raptors Schedule, TV Channel, Stream, Time, Odds, Predictions
Game 6 of the 2019 NBA Finals between the Toronto Raptors and Golden State Warriors tips off in just a few hours, starting up another potential elimination game with a championship on the line. The Warriors were able to keep their dream of threepeating alive with a gutsy effort in Game 5, withstanding a season-ending injury to Kevin Durant—who was making his first appearance since the Western Conference semifinals—and a strong Raptors performance to force what will be the final game played at Oracle Arena. Golden State will try leave its digs behind—the franchise will be moving to the Chase Center in San Francisco for the start of the 2019-20 NBA season—on a positive note by winning this evening, an outcome that would trigger a decisive Game 7 in Toronto on Sunday. The Raptors may not be favored to pull out a Finals-clinching victory in Game 6, but they certainly have a real chance to end the reign of the back-to-back defending champs tonight.
Oddsmakers opened betting with the Warriors as 4.5-point chalk for Game 6, but that line has since shifted down to GSW -2.5 after news broke that Durant ruptured his Achilles in Game 5 and subsequently underwent surgery. The two-time Finals MVP was a revelation for the squad during the 12 minutes he was on the court, scoring 11 points on three-of-five shooting, with all three of those makes coming from beyond the arc. Those points ended up being pivotal in a 106-105 victory, but it was the Splash Brothers who came through when it mattered most. Steph Curry (31 points) and Klay Thompson (26 points) willed their side to new life in the closing minutes, coming back from a seemingly insurmountable deficit with a barrage of treys. They’ll once again be locked and loaded for a big time showing in front of the home crowd in Game 6, but the public still isn’t buying Golden State as favorites. As of Thursday afternoon, 60% of all spread bets and 61% of money wagered on the betting line is backing the Raptors as 2.5-point underdogs. The public is even more unified on the total—which has been set at 211.5 points—as 72% of tickets and 73% of cash bet is on the over.
Will Toronto find a way to close out their foe tonight after coming tantalizingly close earlier in the week, or will Golden State pull out a clutch “W” to force a winner-take-all showdown for the Larry O’Brien Trophy? Pro handicapper Jon Price of SportsInformationTraders.com has provided a pick for readers looking to bet on the results of this NBA Finals clash. Before seeing which team the Vegas expert is predicting to win, have a look at the complete viewing guide for Game 6, as well as an updated 2019 NBA Playoffs bracket, the latest series odds, quotes from star players and coaches, relevant tweets and more related to this Warriors vs. Raptors affair.