NBA Finals Game 3 Re-Cap
Want to know one of the real dangers in making a series play? We'll spell it out for you:
The Golden State Warriors entered this year's NBA Finals as - 300 betting favorites ... gotta lay $300 to every $100 you're gonna win with the Dubs; the Toronto Raptors were + 280 for these NBA Finals, win $280 for every $100 you risk with the North-of-the-Border crew.
So, you go in hoping that the Warriors will return injured megastar Kevin Durant at some point of the series (if you ever need 'em at all) but, instead of feeling good about the Warriors and their all-star cast, they enter Game 3 without Durant (calf), without G Klay Thompson (hamstring) and without underrated F/C Kevon Looney (collarbone).
Golden State's Stephen Curry bangs home 47 points but yet the Warriors never really pose a threat to win in a 123-109 Toronto victory - a big winner for Kelso clients! - and pro-Warriors series bettors now are sitting there with fingers crossed that either/both Durant and Thompson will be back for Friday's Game 4 (we know Looney is out for the series) or else it could be a disaster for the two-time defending champs.
THE NBA FINALS
On Wednesday night, it was ...TORONTO 123, GOLDEN STATE 109 - Raptors lead series 2-1 / Game 4 is Friday at 9:07 p.m. ET, ABC
Go ahead and consider all the things that could have happened to the Raptors when they headed into this Game 3 clash at always-noisy and always-rowdy Oracle Arena - and then realize that Nick Nurse's club kept its poise right from the get-go, scored 36 first-quarter points and made G-State work like dogs for each and every point it scored.
In the end, all five Raptors' starters registered twin-digit scoring totals - led by a rather quiet 30 points from Kawhi Leonard - and Toronto registered 17 triples as opposed to 12 treys by Golden State and that was as big a stat category as any. Hey, who knew that after shooting 29 percent from beyond the arc in Game 2, the Raptors would shoot 44.7 percent from "3" here with G Kyle Lowry (5-of-9 from deep and 23 points) and standstill shooter Danny Green (6-of-10 from deep, 18 points overall) especially productive to say nothing of how many of their triples stifled Golden State momentum.
Maybe Warriors' head coach Steve Kerr was being genuine when he said in the post-game presser that he was "proud" of his team and its effort but truth is they were slow to get out on Toronto's deep slingers and spent the majority of this game being counter-punchers. Who knew that Curry's 47 points / 8 rebounds / 7 assists in 43 minutes of game action wouldn't even allow the Warriors to sniff a win here as 2.5-point home betting favorites.
And about that fast-falling pointspread: The Las Vegas number stood in the 5.5- to 6-point area for a day or more after Game 2 and then it dropped to - 4 before word came out that Thompson was officially a no-go. Boom, the number plummeted another point-and-a-half but all along the Raptors were the "right side" and now the Warriors are the team in trouble ... and Golden State series bettors are quaking in their high-top sneakers.
Here's the 2019 NBA Finals game-by-game results between the Raptors and the Warriors. Note home teams are in CAPS below:
|5-30||TORONTO||- 1.5||Golden St||118-109|
|6-2||Golden St||+ 2||TORONTO||109-104|
|6- 5||Toronto||+ 2.5||GOLDEN ST||123-109|
2019 NBA PLAYOFFS POINTSPREAD
Toronto 12-9-0 (.571)
Golden State 8-10-1 (.444)