The Golden State Warriors have managed to square up the series on the back of an 18 Nil run to start the second half, in a game in which they looked in trouble early.
They still managed to get it done, and got service from the returning DeMarcus Cousins, in a 109-104 win.
There is a question mark over Klay Thompson for Game 3, and Kevin Durant has already been ruled out. This may be the best chance for the Raptors to regain the lead and it is shaping up to be a fascinating contest.
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Toronto Raptors 1 @ Golden State Warriors 1
Prediction Game Total Over 213.5
Golden State (Win)
Watching Game 2 in Toronto it seemed that Toronto had been expending a lot of energy and are coming off a tough series against the Bucks. Complacency may have crept in after the first half ,as they had a slender lead, but were simply smashed 18-0 for the first 6 minutes of the third period.
If the Raptors are any chance they will need service and discipline from Kyle Lowry, and Fred Van Vleet will need to continue to hit shots. Serge Ibaka doesn’t get talked about a lot, but if he can get something going off the bench the Raptors may be a chance.
The Warriors are tough at home and have been here so many times before. Boogie Cousins came up big in Game 2, and may need to do a similar thing in Game 3, with the Injury to Klay Thompson.
As long as Draymond Green and Stephen Curry are out there, the Warriors will always be tough to beat. Expect them to win this game and take a 2 -1 lead in a high scoring contest.
The recent matchups between these two sides would suggest that the game total should go over.
Serge Ibaka + 7.5 Points
Ibaka could be an X-Factor in this game and his points total is very low. He should give double figures a nudge as he will probably play 20 plus minutes.
Marc Gasol + 5.5 Rebounds
Not a noted Rebounder, but he can get offensive boards and did get 6 in the last game in a quiet match. Should cover the number here.
Andre Iguodala + 7.5 Points
With Klay Thompson a chance to miss and possibly be on a minutes restriction, Iguodala will get a lot of chances on the offensive end. He can score when he needs to and they don’t respect his 3 Point Jump Shot. Could have this covered in a few baskets.
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