NBA Finals 2019: Warriors vs. Raptors odds, top picks, Game 2 predictions from advanced model on 85-61 roll, The Golden State Warriors will try to even the 2019 NBA Finals against the Toronto Raptors at 1-1 on Sunday night when the best-of-seven series resumes with Game 2 at Scotiabank Arena in Toronto. Playing for the first time in 10 days, the Warriors dropped Game 1 to the Raptors, 118-109. Golden State got 34 points from Stephen Curry but could not stop Pascal Siakam, who stuffed the stat sheet with 32 points, eight rebounds, five assists, two blocks and one steal.
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NBA Finals 2019 Game 2
Team : Golden State Warriors vs Toronto Raptors
When: Sunday, June 2, 8:00 p.m. ET
Where: Scotiabank Arena, Toronto, Ontario
Live Stream: ABC
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The loss was the first Game 1 loss in five NBA Finals appearances for the Warriors during their current championship run. In addition, it was just the second time in 20 playoff series since the start of the 2015 postseason that Golden State had lost a Game 1. Tip-off for Game 2 is 8 p.m. ET. Sportsbooks list Toronto as a 2-point favorite in the latest Raptors vs. Warriors odds, and the over-under for total points scored is 214. Before you make any Raptors vs. Warriors picks or predictions for the 2019 NBA Finals, see what the SportsLine Projection Model has to say.
The model, which simulates every game 10,000 times, is crushing its NBA picks. It entered the 2019 NBA Finals with a sterling record on its top-rated picks, returning more than $3,000 in profit to anybody following them this season. And it has been particularly red-hot on its A-rated NBA money line picks, entering the 2019 NBA Finals on a strong 85-61 run. Anybody who has followed it is way up.
Now the model has honed in on Game 2 of Raptors vs. Warriors. We can tell you it is leaning under, and it says one side of the spread hits in over 50 percent of simulations. That pick is available only at SportsLine.
The model knows that Toronto beat Golden State in Game 1 with a balanced offensive attack. Five Raptors — Siakam, Kawhi Leonard (23 points), Marc Gasol (20), Fred VanVleet (15) and Danny Green (11) — scored in double digits, compared to just three from Golden State. Kyle Lowry scored just seven for Toronto but is capable of much more. He averaged 14.2 during the regular season.
In addition, the model has factored in that the Raptors turned their excellent defense into transition points on Thursday night. Toronto limited Golden State to 43.8 percent shooting from the field (well below its season average of 49.0) and forced the Warriors into 16 turnovers. The Raptors converted those misses and miscues into 24 fast break points, the most allowed by Golden State since Boston had 31 on March 5.
But just because the Raptors got the win in Game 1 does not guarantee they will win or cover the Warriors vs. Raptors spread in Game 2 on Sunday.
The model knows that Golden State is capable of playing much better defensively. The Warriors’ defensive rating from Game 1 was 121.6 points per 100 possessions, the worst for the team in a game since coach Steve Kerr took over at Golden State in 2014. For comparison, Cleveland was the worst defensive team in the NBA during the season, at 116.7. Golden State’s rating was 108.5 during the regular season and 110.2 over the first three rounds of the playoffs. A return to that level of defense alone could turn Game 2.
In addition, the model also knows that the Warriors have been resilient during their championship run. Since the start of the 2015 playoffs, Golden State’s first title run, the Warriors are 16-7 in the game after a loss in the playoffs. Only the Houston Rockets have been able to beat Golden State in consecutive playoff games in the last three postseasons.
TORONTO – The Toronto Raptors lead the Golden State Warriors 1-0 in the NBA Finals, but you wouldn’t know if from being around either team on the eve of Sunday’s Game 2.
The Raptors aren’t exactly strutting around as if they’ve got this in the bag after Thursday’s impressive series-opening win. Meanwhile, the Warriors are hardly hanging their heads.
That’s one of the reasons why both clubs are here – having outlasted many others that couldn’t overcome the highs and lows along the way – and it’s why this could be a long, grind-it-out battle for the championship. Neither team has been fazed by the emotional roller coaster that is the NBA playoffs.
“I mean, it’s pretty crazy that everyone is just kind of staying the same way,”
said of his team following their light Saturday afternoon practice. “We have been preaching it all year, so it kind of just became contagious. Most guys’ personalities are even-keeled off the court. On the court, we’ve got some fiery guys. But off the floor we have some grown men, people with families and kids. They understand that their profession is their lives. That’s what they do: They take care of their families, their friends, their bodies. They’re professionals.”
For Toronto, that’s been a priority since September and something head coach Nick Nurse talked to his team about on the very first day of training camp.
He wanted them to stay balanced over the course of an 82-game slog, and they did. Through injuries, load management, starting lineup and rotation changes, a big mid-season trade, and other adversity, the Raptors kept their cool and stayed together.
The playoffs are a different animal, though. If you’re one of the teams lucky enough to be playing into June, or even late-May, it can be physically and mentally exhausting. The spotlight, the pressure, the emotional swings – it can wear you down and break even the best of teams.
However, the Raptors have withstood it all. They faced series deficits in each of the first three rounds. They dropped their postseason opener, they played a do-or-die Game 7 in the Conference Semis, and they trailed 2-0 to the team with the league’s best record in the East Final. As a team, their demeanour in each of those adverse situations barely differed from how they carried themselves in the moments of triumph to follow.
Even after they won Game 6 against Milwaukee on their home court to advance to the NBA Finals for the first time in franchise history, the celebration was subdued. There were a few smiles and some congratulatory embraces, but the champagne wasn’t flowing, at least not yet.
Now, just three wins away from their ultimate goal – the Larry O’Brien Trophy – they’re still of the mindset that there’s plenty of work left to be done, and the focus hasn’t wavered.