Game 5 of the NBA Finals plays on Tuesday and we have expert betting predictions and tips.
There could be only one game left of the 2018/2019 NBA season as we head to Toronto for Game 5 on Tuesday.
The Raptors hold a 3-1 advantage over the Golden State Warriors after winning both games on the road in Oakland.
Injuries have largely had an effect on this finals series but the Raptors have clearly been the better team. The injured Kevin Durant could make a desperate appearance here and it could be his final game in a Warriors uniform.
So many storylines coming into this pivotal Game 5.
2019 NBA Finals Game 5 Preview
On the back of some stellar play from Kawhi Leonard and an ultimate team effort, the Raptors find themselves up 3-1 in the series.
Leonard has been nothing short of amazing and still he’s an underrated player. There’s little doubt in our minds that Leonard is the best two-way player in the game and he’s showing us why.
Leonard, who doesn’t have an outward personality, spoke on what it would mean to win a championship for Toronto.
“I’m really not sure,” he said. “I guess you really have to ask somebody on the street or one of our fans. I’m pretty sure it’s a long time waiting.”
The former San Antonio Spur has already won an NBA Championship but the series isn’t over until you get the fourth win.
“It doesn’t matter until you get that fourth win,” Leonard said. “We just have to stay confident in ourselves, by patient, don’t try to rush things and see how it goes.”
Rushing things is something the Warriors might have to do. This season hasn’t gone to plan for the defending champions and no one really knows if Kevin Durant is playing. We’re not sure it’s going to matter either way.
If he does play, he’ll be rusty and the Raptors could take advantage of that. If he doesn’t play, the Raptors have the obvious edge and should be winning.
Bookmakers opened the Raptors as the 2.5-point favourites and there haven’t been any moves either way. Expect that line to change depending on whether Durant suits up or not, but it won’t change our opinion of this game.
NBA Finals Game 5 Predictions
Many punters and NBA fans like to mock the Eastern Conference because they play don’t have the same depth as the Western Conference, but that’s simply not true.
Toronto are showing that the East is a powerful conference and when you have players such as Kawhi Leonard playing for you, anything is possible.
Sure, the likes of Kyle Lowry, Pascal Siakam and Marc Gasol have looked better because of Leonard, but they’re all chipping in and adding to the Raptors’ success.
We’re struggling to find a logical reason to bet on the Warriors. They lost both games on their home floor and Curry is very tired after carrying the entire team on his back in Game 3. The Warriors are lacking depth and it’s hurting them badly.
Game 5 could and should mark the end of the Golden State era.
Tip: Raptors –2.5 ($1.90) at Sportsbet.com.au – Bet Now