The Toronto Raptors did what they were supposed to do; win at home against the Warriors who were without Kevin Durant. Can you imagine them losing that game? The series may as well have been decided right there and then. I thought Durant would be back for game 2, but turns out he won't be, so Toronto has a good chance of going up 2-0 in the finals. Despite being at home, and Golden State playing without KD, the Raptors are just a slight 2 point favorite for game 2. And even if Toronto wins game 2, the series is far from over.
Golden State will be going back home for games 3 and 4, where they probably would even up the series even without KD. Once KD returns, Warrior's coach Steve Kerr did say he will be playing in a limited role. The thing that bugs me with KD out is that if the Raptors do win, then a lot of critics will say that is the only reason they won. I think if he does or doesn't play, the Raptors win either way. The only difference is the number of games the series would go.
Tip off for game 2 is 5:00 PM PT on Sunday, May 2 from Toronto. The over/under is 215 points. Thursday's game got up to 127 points with the 118-109 Raptor's victory. I think this game will also be high scoring, and I look for the same outcome as in game one. Toronto winning, covering the spread, and the over to come in. If Toronto does win, then I think we'll see KD back for game 3 on his home court, but if the Warriors win, that might buy him some more time off. We'll have to wait and see.