NBA Finals 2019 Golden State Warriors vs Toronto Raptors - Game 2: Predictions, Odds and Betting Lines

How to Watch

What: Golden State Warriors at Toronto Raptors

Where: Scotiabank Arena in Toronto, ON, Canada

When: Sunday, June 2nd at 8:00 PM EST

How (TV): ABC, TSNN, RDS, and CTV2

Series Standing: 1-0 TOR

Game 1 Recap:

Golden State Warriors (Away)

Head Coach: Steve Kerr {All-Time 322-88 | GSW}

Season Record: 57-25, 1st in the West

Projected Starting Five: (G) Stephen Curry – (G) Klay Thompson – (F) Andre Iguodala – (F) Draymond Green – (C) Jordan Bell

Top Performers:

  • G Stephen Curry – 31.3 MPG | 25.0 PPG | 7.8 RPG | 5.3 APG
  • F Kevin Durant – 33.5 MPG | 28.8 PPG | 5.0 RPG | 5.3 APG
  • G Klay Thompson – 35.3 MPG | 18.3 PPG | 1.3 BPG | .476 3P%

The Golden State Warriors were almost pace-less in their first match against the Toronto Raptors. Known for pushing the break and punishing opponents from three, the Warriors were sloppy and complacent in their Game 1 loss.

After having nine days off to rest and recoup after a sweep of the Portland Trail Blazers, the Warriors failed to come out with any punch. They received contributions from their big three, but they failed to receive assistance from anywhere else.

The Warriors go into Game 2 with concerns. Kawhi Leonard didn’t have a typical game, but the rest of the Toronto Raptors were able to step up. The Warriors’ reserves need to do the same with a number of key injuries hampering them.

Toronto Raptors (Home)

Head Coach: Nick Nurse {All-Time 58-24 | TOR}

Season Record: 58-24, 2nd in the East

Projected Starting Five: (G) Kyle Lowry – (G) Danny Green – (F) Kawhi Leonard – (F) Pascal Siakam – (C) Marc Gasol

Top Performers:

  • (F) Kawhi Leonard – 26.7 PPG | 7.3 RPG | 1.8 SPG
  • (F) Pascal Siakam – 17.0 PPG | 6.9 RPG | .368 3P%
  • (G) Kyle Lowry – 14.2 PPG | 8.7 APG | 1.4 SPG

The Toronto Raptors came out and shocked the world when they took down the Golden State Warriors in Game 1 of the NBA Finals. In the first ever NBA Finals match held outside of the United States, the Canadian side dominated.

The Raptors looked to beat the Warriors at their own game and they did. They pushed the pace and smothered paint attackers leading to a stout defensive outing. The Raptors looked every bit the team that took down three of the Easts fiercest teams in previous rounds.

The Raptors are surely still cautious going into Game 2. They’ve not accomplished their goal and losing Game 2 would still take home court advantage from them. The Warriors will be refocused on Sunday, so the Raptors will need to perform even better.

What’s At Stake?

The Golden State Warriors have dominated the all-time series against the Toronto Raptors. In 45 regular season contests, the Warriors lead the Raptors 28-17. In fact, the Toronto Raptors won in Oakland for the first time since 2004 when they defeated the Warriors on their home court earlier this season.

These two teams have never met before in the playoffs – by nature of the fact that this is the Toronto Raptors first ever Finals appearance.

The Golden State Warriors are feeling the pressure after dropping a crucial Game 1 against the Raptors. They aim to accomplish the road split before heading back to Oakland for Games 2 and 3.

The Toronto Raptors hope to gain some breathing room as they take look to go up 2-0 with a win over the Golden State Warriors in Game 2.

Golden State Was Defeated (Almost) Everywhere

The Warriors faced off against average at best team defenses when they played the Rockets and the Trail Blazers. Against the Toronto Raptors, they struggled when faced with an elite defensive side. To compound on that issue, they couldn’t stop the Raptors in transition – which stifled their own attempts to run.

The inclusion of Marc Gasol in the lineup was also a factor aiding the Raptors against the Warriors. Golden State lacked the size to stop Gasol, especially with Cousins unable to play more than eight minutes – They were destroyed on the inside.

If there is a saving grace for the Warriors, they did well on the glass with nine offensive rebounds and 38 total rebounds on the game. The lack size in the frontcourt, but have the advantage in the backcourt. If they can exploit that while fixing their Game 1 mistakes, Game 2 could be theirs.

The Raptors Are Ready for the Biggest Stage

There was certainly some concern over the Toronto Raptors going into this match. There was much “Happy to be Here” talk but the players on the court showed they aren’t here just to take part. The Raptors received excellent performances from all participants, enough to take down the vaunted Warriors.

Pascal Siakam was unstoppable, Fred Vanvleet continued his spectacular play off the bench, while Marc Gasol was the inside force he has been against the Warriors (since he was with the Grizzlies. Even Kawhi Leonard only made five baskets but hit ten of twelve free throws to contribute 23 points, 8 rebounds, and 5 assists.

The Raptors have always predicated themselves on being the best team, not touting the best player – despite fielding Kawhi Leonard every night. They will need to maintain that philosophy when they take on an awakened Golden State team in Game 2.

Who Will Step Up for the Warriors?

Andre Iguodala left the court limping after aggravating a prior injury to his leg. Kevin Durant is not expected to return until Game 4 at the earliest, while DeMarcus Cousins looked a step slow in his first game back.

It falls to the Warriors role players to pick up the pieces. Kevon Looney, Shaun Livingston, Quinn Cook, Jonas Jerebko, and Alfonzo McKinnie are all up to bat. While they all contribute lightly, as per the Warriors style, they will need one to really explode to make up for the loss of Durant and possibly Iguodala.

While Curry and Thompson had 55 combined and Green contributed a triple-double, it just wasn’t enough. Double-digit scoring from two of those parties would’ve brought the game level, but it didn’t happen. The Warriors are sure to adjust, but they will have to overcome a tough Toronto defense.

Home Court is Toronto’s Greatest Strength

The Toronto Raptors were one of the NBA’s strongest teams at home this season. They were 32-9 playing in Toronto during the regular season and have lost only one match at home during this post-season.

To compound on their personal performance, the Toronto crowd is one of the most passionate and effective fans in the league. They chant and sang for their players loud enough to overcome the broadcast commentators at times, while those without a ticket packed the streets to the point local police barricaded of blocks of the area.

The Raptors need this home court advantage to defeat the Warriors. The Dubs are too strong at home to not take at least two games from them, so the performance on comfortable ground is essential. If the Raptors can capitalize in Game 2, the series may tip in their favor.

Golden State Warriors Roster Notes

F Kevin Durant – 8 May 2019 – Doubtful (Calf) – Kevin Durant is doubtful to return until the midway point in the series (Game 4).

Toronto Raptors Roster Notes

F OG Anunoby – 13 Apr 2019 – Out (Appendix) – Anunoby will not return until the Eastern Conference Finals at the earliest, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

X-Factors: Kevon Looney (GSW) vs Fred Vanvleet (TOR)

This is to be a battle between two key bench contributors. Fred Vanvleet has been on fire since the end of the Milwaukee Bucks series, while Kevon Looney struggled to make an impact in Game 1. With so many stars focused in on each other, these role players need to produce for their teams to succeed.

Kevon Looney

Center | 6-9, 220lb (206cm, 99kg) | UCLA | Exp. 3 Years

6.3 PPG | 1.5 APG | 5.2 RPG | 0.6 SPG | 0.7 BPG | 0.6 TOV | .625 FG% | .100 3P%

Kevon Looney produced very little for the Golden State Warriors off the bench. Usually a great outlet or cutting option, Looney was stifled an ineffective when he was on the court.

Looney struggled with the size and ability of Marc Gasol while he couldn’t keep up with the length and athleticism of Serge Ibaka. He was taken advantage of on the pick-and-roll and offered nothing outside of convenient, wide-open opportunities.

The young center needs to get back to his roots defending the ball and cleaning the glass. Not much is expected of him offensively, but a defensive rating of 127, while he is on the court, is not good.

Fred Vanvleet

Point Guard | 6-0, 195lb (183cm, 88kg) | Wichita State | Exp. 2 Years

11.0 PPG | 4.8 APG | 2.6 RPG | 0.9 SPG | 0.3 BPG | 1.3 TOV | .410 FG% | .378 3P%

The former Wichita State Shocker turned Toronto Raptor, turned new father is looking every bit the “Senior” member of the Vanvleet family as he is on the court. He produced another wonderful performance for the Raptors off the bench.

In Game 1 against the Warriors, Vanvleet added 15 points on 5-8 shooting including some timely shots and impressive drives to the rim. The bench point guard may be small, but his defensive ability and proficiency on offense have made him a key member of the rotation.

He will be tasked with guarding Stephen Curry once more in Game 2. He did an admirable job chasing Curry around the court, forcing him into extra shots or into other defenders. While Curry scored 34 points, most were via the free throw line and difficult shots. Vanvleet needs to improve on his previous performance.

Golden State Warriors at Toronto Raptors Predictions, Odds and Betting Lines

With Game 1 in the books and in the favor of the Toronto Raptors, both sides are expected to come out even more focused and ready to win in Game 2. The Warriors seem to be hampered with another injury to a key player (Iguodala), so the Raptors seem primed to dominate.

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Point Spread

Sportsbook GS Warriors +2.5 TOR Raptors -2.5 Link
888Sport NJ -112 -109

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Total Points

Sportsbook Over 214.5 Under 214.5 Link
888Sport NJ -112 -109

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Money Line

Sportsbook GS Warriors TOR Raptors Link
888Sport NJ +114 -134

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