The Toronto Raptors took Game 1 of the 2019 NBA Finals against the Golden State Warriors at home.
An impressive performance from Pascal Siakam and Marc Gasol, will have Steve Kerr thinking how he can prevent such a dominant show from happening again. Fred Van Vleet was also once again supportive for the Raptors off the Bench and Kawhi Leonard again did his job.
Golden State had good service from Stephen Curry and may need to look at DeMarcus Cousins in Game 2 as he only played 8 minutes in Game 1 and seems fit.
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Golden State Warriors 0 @ Toronto Raptors 1
Prediction – Game Total Under 214.5
Golden State + 2.5
When the Warriors come off a loss there is a trend and 62% of the time the Game Total will go under the next match. This means an increase in the pressure on the defensive end.
The Warriors will need to respect the long Range shooting of Marc Gasol, as he had a big impact in Game 1.
Expect a lot of defence in this game and a lower scoring match.
The Warriors still do have a record of 30-2 when Stephen Curry plays and Kevin Durant does not. It is hard to back against them because they still do have so much scoring power and one of the best defenders the game has ever seen.
If the Warriors can contain some of the players that played well for the Raptors in Game 1, and not let Kawhi Leonard have too much freedom, they should win this game in a lower scoring affair.
Danny Green + 7.5 Points
Green has a lot of experience in the NBA Finals with the Spurs and he will once again play a stack of minutes in this game. Kawhi Leonard gets all the attention and this opens up teammates. Green should get a stack of 3 point looks and should go close to double figures after 11 in Game 1.
Marc Gasol + 3.5 Assists
Gasol scored 20 points in Game 1 on 10 shot attempts. He may have to bail out and set up other teammates in this game and he is a very good passer for a big man. Should cover the assists number here.
Klay Thompson + 22.5 Points
Klay Thompson always has the Green light to shoot the basketball and dropped 21 in the Game 1 loss. He put up 17 shots and may go close to 20 in the next game which means plenty of chances to go over the number here.
These are some NBA Picks for June 2nd 2019.
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Player Props – 2/3