After sportsbooks listed the Golden State Warriors as slight road underdogs in Game 1 and Game 2 against the Toronto Raptors in the 2019 NBA Finals, Stephen Curry and the Warriors open Game 3 as heavy betting favorites.
2019 NBA Finals Game 3 Betting Line
- Raptors +5.5 (-110)
- Warriors -5.5 (-110)
- Raptors +195
- Warriors -235
- Over 213.0 (-110)
- Under 213.0 (-110)
Online sportsbooks listed the Raptors as 1-point and 2-point favorites for the first two games of the series, but the Warriors are getting a big edge for Game 3 and are listed as a 5.5-point favorite to win Game 3.
On Sunday — after losing 118-109 in Game 1 — the Warriors stole a game on the road against the Raptors in Game 2, winning by a final score of 109-104 and tying the series 1-1.
However, the win may have come at a cost.
Entering the series, the Warriors were already banged up without Kevin Durant — and may or may not get to play at all during the finals — and having to insert a limping Andre Iguodala and DeMarcus Cousins into the starting lineup.
Despite the injuries from the ailing Iguodala and Cousins, the Warriors got an excellent performance out of both of them.
Iguodala kept up the defensive intensity and nailed a dagger 3-pointer with 5.9 seconds left in regulation that sealed the Game 2 win after the Raptors went on a 10-0 run and cut the score to 106-104.
And Cousins, who seemed lost in Game 1, rebounded after getting the starting nod in Game 2, giving the Warriors a strong performance by contributing 11 points, 10 rebounds, and 6 assists — many now claim this could down as the “Boogie Game” as a result.
But Warriors fans are currently holding their collective breath after Klay Thompson, who led the team with 25 points in Game 2, injured his hamstring after awkwardly landing on a 3-point attempt early in the 4th period.
Thompson is currently listed as “Day-To-Day” but told reporters after the Sunday’s game that he does not “see himself missing Game 3” on Wednesday.
He’s currently scheduled to get an MRI on Monday to determine how severe his hamstring injury is heading into Wednesday’s matchup against the Raptors.
Curry and Draymond Green had rather quiet, but All-Star caliber performances nevertheless. Curry added 23 points, and Green finished one assist short of a fourth straight game with a triple-double.
Now, the series heads to Oakland, where the Warriors have dominated opponents during throughout the 2018-2019 NBA Season.
The Warriors have played a combined 49 games at Oracle Arena during the regular season and the 2019 NBA Playoffs.
In those 49 games, the Warriors have an overall home record of 36-13 — reg: 30-11, post: 6-2 — which gives them an overall winning percentage of 73.5% when playing at home.
There’s an old saying that goes “Home isn’t a place. It’s a feeling.”
And despite the injuries piling up, the Warriors have to feel pretty good about their chances of winning after getting a W on the road.
The series is tied at 1-1 and effectively is now a best-of-five heading into Game 3 — the only difference now?
The Warriors have home court advantage and get the next three out of five (or four, rather) games at Oracle Arena.
Game 3 of the 2019 NBA Finals tips off Wednesday, June 5 at 9:00 p.m. ET on ABC and WatchESPN.