Golden State and Toronto Battle for the 2019 NBA Championship
The 2019 NBA Finals kicks off on Thursday, May 30 when the Golden State Warriors battle the Toronto Raptors. The Warriors are huge -300 favorites. Keep reading for information on both the Warriors and Raptors. Then, read about what online bookie agents should do to manage NBA Championship betting.
2019 NBA Finals
NBA Eastern Conference Champion Toronto Raptors
The Toronto Raptors looked dead in the water early on in their 4 games to 2 series win against the Milwaukee Bucks in the Eastern Conference Championship. Milwaukee beat Toronto 108-100 in Game 1. In Game 2, the Bucks beat the Raptors 125-103. In both early matchups, the Bucks dominated Toronto.
Toronto flipped the switch after the first couple of games, though. The Raptors won 4 in a row. They got better against Milwaukee with each game. In Game 3, it took double-overtime for Toronto to win. They won Game 4 120-102. They upset Milwaukee 105-99 on the road in Game 5. In Game 6, the Raptors handled Milwaukee with a 100-94 win.
Because they beat Milwaukee in 4 straight, the Toronto Raptors head to the NBA Finals on a nice winning streak. Let’s dive deeper into the Raptors offense and defense before turning to the Golden State Warriors.
Toronto Raptors Offense
The Toronto Raptors are led by one of the best players in the NBA, Kawhi Leonard. Leonard averages 26.6 points, 7.3 rebounds, and 3.3 assists. But, Leonard isn’t a one-man show. Although he’s taken charge when he’s had to, Kawhi has also allowed his teammates to get involved. He’d prefer it that way.
In Toronto’s best performance against the Bucks, the Game 4 win, Leonard only had 19 points, 7 rebounds, and 2 assists. Five other Raptors scored in double-figures: Kyle Lowry 25, Marc Gasol 17, Norman Powell 18, Fred VanVleet 13, and Serge Ibaka 17.
When everyone contributes on offense, the Raptors are tough to beat. Kawhi will be looking for some help to upset mighty Golden State. The Raptors covered in the 4 straight wins against the Bucks.
Toronto Raptors Defense
The Raptors struggled in the first couple of games to keep the Bucks from putting the ball in the hoop. That changed as the Eastern Conference Finals went on because the Raptors ratcheted up their defensive intensity.
As a team, Toronto allows 108.4 points per. That ranks eighth in the NBA. Opponents only shoot 44.9% from the field and 34.5% from three versus the Raptors. Under the total went 3-3 in the 6 games in Raptors-Bucks. The total went under in the final 2 straight because Toronto held Milwaukee to under 100 points in each game.
NBA Western Conference Champion Golden State Warriors
The Golden State Warriors lost star Kevin Durant in their 104-99 Western Conference Semifinal Game 5 win over the Houston Rockets. Durant left with an injury. Since losing KD, the Warriors have since won 6 in a row. They beat Houston 104-99 in Game 5 and then beat them 118-113 in Game 6. Golden State swept the Portland Trail Blazers. They head into the 2019 NBA Finals having won 6.
Golden State Warriors Offense
There’s a chance Kevin Durant might not return until later in the series. Golden State has thrived with Durant out with the calf injury. The reason they’ve thrived is because they’ve leaned on their former Big 3: Draymond Green, Steph Curry, and Kyle Thompson.
Green had 18 points, 11 assists, and 14 rebounds in the 119-117 Game 6 win over the Trail Blazers. Kyle Thompson had 17 points, 2 assists, and 6 boards in the victory while Steph Curry put up 37 points, dished 11 assists, and grabbed 13 rebounds.
Although the Warriors have won 6 in a row straight up, they haven’t won 6 in a row against the spread. Golden State is 3-2-1 ATS in those 6 victories.
Golden State Warriors Defense
Golden State allows 111.2 points per game. Field goal percentage allowed is 44.4% while three-point percentage allowed is 34.7%. The Warriors prefer to speed things up, but oddsmakers are on to their hoops style. The over/under total is 3-3 in Golden State’s last 6 games.
How to Manage NBA Finals Betting Action on Warriors-Raptors
The best way to manage NBA Finals betting action is to use the layoff account no matter which team is over played against the spread. Golden State and Toronto should perform well in most games.
Toronto has the home court advantage, which makes them a serious overlay to win the series outright at +270 odds. Golden State offers underlay odds at -300. A good move might be to set max betting limits on Toronto to win the NBA Championship at $100 and then to set max betting limits on Golden State at $300.
The Golden State Warriors and Toronto Raptors battle it out starting on Thursday in the 2019 NBA Finals. Pay per head agents can make a profit by managing betting action on both the Warriors and Raptors.
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