Toronto Raptors vs Golden State Warriors: Game 3 - Predictions, Odds and Roster Notes

How to Watch

What: Toronto Raptors at Golden State Warriors

Where: Oracle Arena in Oakland, CA

When: Wednesday, June 5th at 9:00 PM EST

How (TV): ABC, SN1/E/O/W/P, RDS, and CityTV

Series Standing: 1-1 TOR

Game 2 Recap:

Toronto Raptors (Away)

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 entered Game 2 of the NBA Finals with the opportunity to go up 2-0 on the reigning champions and it was squandered. Despite leading for the majority of the match, a tough third quarter spelled their doom.

The Raptors lean on team defense and bench contributions to power their success. When those cylinders aren’t firing, they aren’t as successful. In general, they played positively in Game 2, but they weren’t consistent enough to take a win.

Toronto leaves the comfort of their home court and will enter the hostile territory in Game 3 in Oakland. The Dubs have some of the best fans in the league and rumor has it Oakland is taking inspiration from Toronto’s supporters. The Raptors have a lot to accomplish.

Golden State Warriors (Home)

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 Warriors went into Game 2 with champion-like calm and it drove them to their success. Despite trailing for the majority of the first half, a ridiculous 18-0 run in the third powered them past the Raptors.

When the Warriors are playing with brilliant ball movement they are tough to handle. Add on the hot shooting of Curry and Thompson, the Warriors are able to put together some barely fathomable runs.

They enter the first of two home games in Game 3. Home court advantage has been shifted into their favor and the Champions are sure the capitalize. They must be wary of the Raptors though, they soundly defeated them on their home court during the regular season and they are certain to come out motivated in Game 3.

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 Toronto Raptors want to bring home court advantage back in their favor by taking the lead in the series with a win in Game 3.

The Golden State Warriors won the split they wanted and now have the comfort of the home court as they look to take their first lead in the series.

The Toronto Raptors Can’t Lose Focus

Throughout the match, the Toronto Raptors were frankly brilliant. Their defense was on point and their offense had an egalitarian movement that produced across the board. Unfortunately, one run allowed the Warriors to undo all of their work.

The Toronto Raptors suffered a horribly one-sided third-quarter, which began with an 18-0 run to start the second half. While they won every other quarter in the match, that single failed quarter spelled their end.

To say the Raptors failed to shoot the ball well would be an understatement. They were only 37% from the field while shooting only 29% from three. Their defense is spectacular, but should that lapse, they don’t have the firepower to stay in the game with the Warriors.

The Warriors Looked Like Champions Again

The Golden State Warriors looked shocked with the skill level of the Toronto Raptors after Game 1. They were run out of the gym and their offense wasn’t up to standard. Game 2 was a different story for them though.

The Warriors keyed in on the Raptors bigs and dared their guards to shoot the ball. It worked in their favor, as the Raptors were poor from the field. On their own end, the Warriors found their heat from the field as they shot 46% from the floor and 38% from three.

When the Warriors have their offense going, they are hard to stop. If they can challenge the Raptors with their defense, there isn’t much chance the Canadian side will be able to stop them.

The Raptors Need Production from the Front Court

Outside of Kawhi Leonard, the Toronto Raptors failed to receive much from their frontcourt. Where they dominated in Game 1, the Warriors packed the paint and the Raptors struggled to finish.

Pascal Siakam struggled from the field, while Serge Ibaka and Marc Gasol were too passive offensively. Their impact is necessary when the Warriors put Kevon Looney or Jordan Bell on the court.

When the Raptors lack an outlet for their guards, they struggle on offense. Gasol needs to be a more active playmaker, but the Warriors did well to pressure him into early passes. If they want to be successful, their frontcourt needs to produce.

What Changes Are Next for Golden State?

The Warriors are already without Kevin Durant for an unknown amount of time. While they were able to insert DeMarcus Cousins into the starting lineup, more misfortune followed in Game 2.

The Warriors lost Kevon Looney early in the game due to a chest contusion while Klay Thompson hurt himself late as he was attempting to draw contact for a foul. Neither returned and Thompson was visibly hobbled post-game.

Andre Iguodala was of little value outside of his game-sealing shot and is clearly still nursing his injury. It is the NBA Finals, so players will want to put it all on the line. But Steve Kerr has some decisions to make regarding his players health versus their opportunity to win.

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).

C Kevon Looney – 2 June 2019 – Questionable (Chest Contusion) – Looney left Game 2 midway through the match and did not return.

G-F Klay Thompson – 2 June 2019 – Questionable (Hamstring) – Thompson limped off the court after attempting to draw a foul during a jump shot. He did not return.

Toronto Raptors Roster Notes

The Toronto Raptors have no roster changes of note.

X-Factors: Kyle Lowry (TOR) vs DeMarcus Cousins (GSW)

Kyle Lowry and DeMarcus Cousins are two overlooked but needed pieces for their respective teams. Lowry needs to produce more offensively and get his teammates involved while Cousins needs to continue to pressure the Raptors’ bigs.

Kyle Lowry

Point Guard | 6-1, 196lb (185cm, 88kg) | Villanova | Exp. 12 Years

14.2 PPG | 8.7 APG | 4.8 RPG | 1.4 SPG | 0.5 BPG | 2.8 TOV | .411 FG% | .347 3P%

While the Toronto Raptors lean on Kawhi Leonard, Kyle Lowry’s contributions are just as valuable for their side. In Game 2, Lowry just didn’t have enough of an effect to push them over the edge.

Lowry contributed 13 points and only two assists on 4-11 shooting from the field. He wasn’t the playmaking force that he usually is and to add insult to injury, Lowry fouled out of the game early in the fourth.

The Raptors need Lowry to play his bulldog-ish defense in order to slow down the Warriors. But he also needs to be a viable second or third-option offensively for them to succeed. When he’s not hitting from the field, the Raptors become one-dimensional.

DeMarcus Cousins

Centre | 6-11, 270lb (211cm, 122kg) | Kentucky | Exp. 8 Years

16.3 PPG | 3.6 APG | 8.2 RPG | 1.3 SPG | 1.5 BPG | 2.4 TOV | .480 FG% | .274 3P%

Cousins was limited in Game 1 against the Toronto Raptors, playing only eight minutes in the match. Some thought that it suggested a lack of fitness, but that was proven wrong with his performance in Game 2.

Cousins came out a man possessed against the Toronto Raptors. He pressured Gasol early and was a threat to distribute the ball from anywhere on the court. While he didn’t score in bunches, his threat alone kept the Raptors in rotation.

Don’t expect many individual post-ups from Cousins, as Gasol and Ibaka are too good as post-defenders for the Warriors to halt their offense. But if he can play within his role and capitalize on opportunities, Boogie might just be back in business.

Toronto Raptors at Golden State Warriors Predictions and Odds

It’s a brand new series as the Warriors have drawn level with the Raptors. The Finals continue with two games in Oakland, but the Warriors will need to work even harder to take another game from the hard-charging Raptors.

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Point Spread

Sportsbook TOR Raptors +5.5 GS Warriors -5.5 Link
888Sport NJ -110 -110

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Total Points

Sportsbook Over 212.5 Under 212.5 Link
888Sport NJ -112 -109

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Money Line

Sportsbook TOR Raptors GS Warriors Link
888Sport NJ +190 -235

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