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Golden State has a mountain to climb tonight in Game 6 of the NBA Finals versus the Toronto Raptors. The Raptors lead 3-2 so the Warriors must win to force Game 7. If not, they’ll watch Toronto hoist the Larry O’Brien trophy in the last game they’ll ever play at Oracle Arena.
Game 5 of this year’s NBA Finals was intense, with the Warriors outlasting the Raptors 106-105. Fans across the globe celebrated as Kevin Durant took to the court after a month-long injury absence. Fans across the globe then did a collective gasp and face palm when KD ruptured his achilles, ending his season and putting a major question mark on his future. The superstar underwent surgery in New York yesterday. An achilles tear is one of the scariest injuries you can get as an athlete, although recovery is not completely out of the question. This situation, however, is raising a lot of eyebrows over his free agency, which comes into effect on June 30th.
Other problems for Golden State include Kevon Looney listed as questionable after aggravating a fracture near his collarbone in Game 5 and Draymond Green being one technical foul away from a mandatory 1-game suspension.
Looney sustained a cartilage fracture in Game 2 and was expected to be out for the season until he surprised everyone and played in Game 4 and 5, but visibly in pain.
Green has tallied six technical fouls this post season, receiving one in each of the last two games. A T in tonight’s matchup and he can’t play in the event there is a Game 7.
Well, when bad things stack up, the high caliber teams rise up as well. And the Warriors are certainly one of the highest caliber teams in recent NBA history. They’ve been extremely dangerous from 3-point land this series, shooting 47.6% from beyond the arc in Game 5. This, coupled with Toronto’s very lackluster 8-32, kept them in the hunt for the title.
The total opened at 210.5, and although the Raptors have gone under in 7 of their last 10 away Playoff games, this pressure packed situation calls for scoring. The Splash Brothers – Steph Curry and Klay Thompson – have got to be playing their best ball tonight. They combined for over half the total Warrior points scored in the last game. Stop the Splash Brothers, and you get yourself a Championship ring.
Toronto is hungry and their hardnosed defense is definitely wearing down the Warriors. They’ve won two straight games at Golden State in this series and are 5-2 over the Warriors this season. Even though they are led by Kawhi Leonard, they don’t just rely on him solely. Six Raptor players racked up points in the double-digits in Game 5.
With all this, they are still considered 2.5 point underdogs here. The emotional home crowd surely has something to do with that. They may be underdogs in Game 6, but they are actually favored to win the whole kit’n’ kaboodle overall at +195 at 888Sport.
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