2019 NBA Finals Betting – How Will The Rest Of The Series Play Out?
If we didn’t know already, the Golden State Warriors is severely missing its two time reigning finals MVP, Kevin Durant. The small forward sat out game three and had to watch as Toronto took a 2-1 lead in the series. With the remaining games potentially being split evenly that puts the Raptors in the driving seat.
Before we look ahead to game four on Friday, let’s take a quick look back at what happened at the Oracle Arena on Wednesday evening.
NBA Finals Game Three Recap
Steph Curry did his very best to make up for all the injury-forced absences – but even his 47 points was not enough for the Dubs as Toronto took full control in Oakland. The Raptors raced into a first half lead and never really looked back. Curry’s points total – and his 45.2% shooting – was his best ever in a playoff game but he found out that he cannot always do it on his own.
The Warriors were also missing Klay Thompson and Kevon Looney – and the Raptors played as if the team knew that its opponents might be back to full strength real soon.
In the end Toronto finished out of sight at 123-109 and has now turned the finals on its head once again. The questioning over how it lost game two at home will be gone now as it looks to take another bite of Golden State in Oakland on Friday night.
NBA Finals Game Four Preview and Betting Odds
If nothing else, the way these two are trading home court advantage is keeping the bookies busy! Golden State now look forward to entertaining the Raptors in the Oracle Arena knowing that another defeat could mean the end of home games this year.
Let’s take a look at the latest game 4 betting lines from MyBookie.ag:
|RAPTORS||+190||+5.5 (-110)||O 216 (-110)|
|WARRIORS||-235||-5.5 (-110)||U 216 (-110)|
The first thing to notice is that the bookies do not think that lightning will strike twice. There is no way they think that Kawhi Leonard and his fellow Raptors can grab another victory on the road (at least until later in the series) – and I’m with them on that. This makes betting on the NBA Finals trickier, as there are many factors that could affect future games.
All five starters for Toronto scored double figures in game three – with Leonard getting 30 and Kyle Lowry posting 23 in what was a very impressive showing for the Raptors point guard. But it was against a depleted Warriors. They hope to have at least Klay Thompson return, and maybe Mr MVP himself back for game four.
Steph Curry should only ramp things up even further in the next game and will be doing everything in his power to put his team in the position of going up to Canada with the series tied.
But there is still some value to be had here looking at Toronto beating the spread. In game one the Raptors won by nine points after surging into a first half lead and not looking back. In game three that feat was repeated – but with even better effect. The Raptors ended up winning by 14 points and looked good on it.
I feel that Golden State will take game four at home but its only victory in the finals so far was by just five points – and it could be just as close again on Saturday. Even if the Warriors do win, I can see Toronto beating the spread. With the championship that little bit closer in the minds of the Raptors I feel like it will be another tight game in Oakland.
The moneyline option is not one to get too excited about – unless you really feel that Toronto can upset the Warriors in its own house again – but the totals wager is another that looks interesting to me.
It was only in that narrow Golden State victory in game two that these two have scored under the 216 points threshold. Regular season games are obviously much different to finals time – but one of the match ups between these two heavyweights earlier in the year posted an incredible 252 points. That suggests that there will be a lot of scoring opportunities for both sides – especially when you take into consideration the fatigue these players will be feeling after such a long and draining season.
So, to recap your game four options – I fancy Golden State to even up the series but only by a narrow margin, allowing Toronto to beat the spread. I also like the total to be over 216 (if only just) so there might be some value in that wager too.
Bets To Place On The NBA Finals Game 4
Looking Ahead of the NBA Finals
These NBA finals have really shown that the betting prices can change overnight. Toronto was not expected to beat Golden State in game three and now holds the upper hand going into the rest of the series.
Both these teams have shown that winning on the road – even in the high pressure atmosphere of the NBA finals – is not beyond them. I can see both the Raps and Golden State winning again away from their home comforts. More importantly, I can see Steph Curry raising his game even further and leading his team to glory in Toronto in game seven. If Kevin Durant is fit enough to play in the remaining games then that becomes even more likely.
I don’t think that we have seen the last of the upsets and surprises in this series – and hoops fans are going to be treated to some more high quality NBA basketball before the champions are known.
NBA Finals Series Betting Odds
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