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Can Golden State Warriors complete NBA Finals turnaround after huge win in Toronto?

Leigh Copson 11 Jun 2019
Stephen Curry celebrates Golden State's Game 5 win (credit:USA TODAY Sports/SIPA USA/PA Images)

The Toronto Raptors blew their shot to wrap up the NBA Finals on their own court on Monday night, but the bookmakers remain confident that the Canadian club will fend off a Golden State Warriors fightback and be crowned world champions this season.


The Raptors went into Game 5 with a commanding 3-1 series lead thanks to a couple of convincing wins over the Golden State Warriors in California, and that meant they had an opportunity to clinch the championship when the two teams went head-to-head once again North of the Border.

However, Golden State rose to the occasion in what was a ‘must-win’ outing for them.

The Warriors opened up a six-point lead by the end of the first quarter and led by as many as 14 points in the third, but they were unable to put away the home side and the Raptors came battling back to set up a grandstand finish.

Toronto led by six with just over two-and-a-half minutes left on the clock, but Klay Thompson and Stephen Curry sank crucial three-pointers to keep alive their team’s title quest, and Warriors fans then looked on with their hearts in their mouths when Kyle Lowry attempted a last-gasp shot that would have won the game and the series for the Raptors.

That attempt was not successful though and Golden State held out for a 106-105 victory that means the team teams will once again head back to the ‘Bay Area’ of California for Game 6.

It was not all good news for the Warriors though as they lost Kevin Durant to what is likely to be a season-ending injury.

Durant missed the first four games of the NBA Finals due to a calf strain and had seemingly rushed his return due to the Warriors’ precarious position in the series – a decision he paid the price for when he went down in the second quarter and had to be helped off the court.

Golden State did get the job done without him, but Durant’s injury is a major blow to their chances of turning the NBA Finals around and therefore it is no major shock to see Toronto still being made clear odds-on favourites to be crowned world champions.

William Hill is 1/3 about Toronto lifting the trophy, with Golden State 23/10 underdogs, but the bookmaker believes the Raptors will have to wait until after Game 7 to celebrate an NBA Finals success.

Golden State are 20/31 favourites to level up the series at 3-3 by winning Game 6 on Thursday night, while the visitors are 27/20 to clinch the series by winning the last ever match at the Oracle Arena. 


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Can Golden State Warriors complete NBA Finals turnaround after huge win in Toronto?

The Toronto Raptors blew their shot to wrap up the NBA Finals on their own court on Monday night, but the bookmakers remain confident that the Canadian club will be crowned world champions this season.

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