Warriors vs Raptors Game 2

Warriors vs Raptors Game 2: The Toronto Raptors took the 2019 NBA Finals opener, beating the reigning champions Golden State Warriors 118-109 as 1.5-point home favorites on Thursday night. It was the Raptors’ third straight victory over the Warriors this season, and the Eastern Conference champs will try to extend their streak Sunday night when they welcome Golden State in Game 2 at Scotiabank Arena in Toronto, Canada.

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Golden State will miss Kevin Durant who’s still recovering from a calf injury, and KD’s absence was a huge problem for the Warriors in Game 1 when they struggled against the Raptors’ defense. Andre Iguodala aggravated his leg injury on Thursday, but he’s expected to play Sunday night. DeMarcus Cousins returned from his quad injury and was a non-factor in eight minutes on the floor in Game 1. On the other side, the Raptors can count on all their guys including OG Anunoby (appendectomy) who’s recovered and could get some minutes.

The Raptors opened as 2-point favorites with the total at 215.0 points and the Warriors at +115 money line odds. Toronto is 5-1 straight up and 4-2 ATS in its last six outings as a fave, while the Warriors are 5-2 straight up and ATS in their last seven showings as underdogs.

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Toronto has a great opportunity to take a commanding lead in this series while Kevin Durant is still sidelined for the Warriors. On the other side, the reigning champions will be in big trouble if they drop another game because only four teams have overcome a 2-0 deficit in the NBA Finals to win the championship.

This is the first-ever NBA Finals appearance for the Raptors, but they showed no fear in Game 1. The Raptors are riding a five-game winning streak, looking confident in the opening game of this series following a huge comeback in the conference finals. On the other side, the Warriors are playing their fifth straight NBA Finals, but they are trailing 1-0 for the first time in that span.