Raptors @ Warriors: Champions can set up decider
Raptors @ Warriors NBA odds spreads and predictions
The Toronto Raptors and Golden State Warriors will square off in Game 6 of the NBA Finals on Thursday night.
The Warriors were staring in the face of elimination on Monday night, without their two-time NBA Finals MVP Kevin Durant, who got injured in the second quarter and is likely done for the rest of the playoffs with an Achilles injury.
But the Warriors delivered. Steph Curry scored 31 points, Klay Thompson added 26 and they led a season-saving surge long after Durant was injured to give the Warriors a 106-105 victory in Game 5.
Draymond Green added 10 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists, and DeMarcus Cousins contributed 14 points and six boards for the Warriors.
When is it? Thursday June 13th
What time is tip off? 9:00 p.m. ET
Where is it being played? ORACLE Arena
Which channel is it on? ABC
The Toronto Raptors, on the other hand, blew a chance at winning their first NBA title.
Kawhi Leonard scored 26 points for the Raptors but couldn't get the final shot, which went to Kyle Lowry and was blocked by Draymond Green.
Lowry had 18 points and Marc Gasol scored 17 for the Raptors, who were trying to give Canada its first championship in one of the traditional major sports since the Blue Jays won the World Series in 1993.
Raptors @ Warriors Spread
The Golden State Warriors are giving the Raptors 3.5 points in this matchup.
Honestly, I'm unsure about who is going to win this one, but I do like the Raptors plus the points.
Toronto was so close to winning its first championship when it blew a lead late in Game 5, so I expect Leonard - the expected NBA Finals MVP if they win - along with the rest of the Raptors to give a game to the Warriors in Game 6.
Take the Raptors and the points here.
Raptors @ Warriors Over/Under
The over/under in this one is set at 211 total points.
My final score prediction: Golden State Warriors 110, Toronto Raptors 107.
Roll with the over in this one.
Where the game will be won or lost
Since Durant is officially done for the Warriors in this series, we all know that Curry and Thompson need to be the key players for Golden State.
However, the difference maker in this Game 6 needs to be Cousins. In both of their victories in this series, Cousins had pretty productive games.
In Game 2, Cousins finished with 11 points, 10 rebounds, six assists and two blocks, and in Game 5 he had 14 points and six rebounds off the bench.
I'm not saying he needs to be the main man here because if Curry and Thompson don't play up to par, the Warriors have no shot, but I am saying since Durant is no longer a factor, the Warriors will need production from other players and who better than an All-Star caliber player in Cousins?
Look for Cousins to play a vital role on Thursday night as the Warriors send this series to Game 7.