Golden State Warriors Even it Out

The Golden State Warriors evened up the series with the Toronto Raptors, and more importantly, gained home-court advantage. With the best of 7 series now tied 1-1, the series now shifts to Oakland where it becomes a best of 5, with 3 of those 5 games potentially being played at the Oracle Arena. These teams will get 2 rest days before game 3 Wednesday, where the Warriors are a 6 point home favorite. The over/under is 213 points. With the money line, the Warriors are -250, while the Raptors are +210.

For the Warriors, they were able to escape Toronto with a victory despite Steph Curry scoring 23 points, which was his lowest total in the past 8 games, and despite him not scoring a single point in the 4th quarter. Something Toronto will have to watch for the rest of the series is Lowry and his foul trouble. He fouled out of the game with still about 4 minutes remaining in the game. If he didn't foul out, he might have helped them overcome that 5 point deficit. The Raptors played well the first half, going into halftime with a 59-54 lead, but the third quarter is what killed them. They lost the quarter 34-21, which included an 18-0 run Warriors run.

Despite Toronto winning the 4th quarter 24-21, winning 3 of the 4 quarters, that 18-0 run is what did them in. So as I said before, now that the Warriors evened the series and won home-court back, that buys Kevin Durant more rest time. I think we won't see KD in game 3 for sure. If the Warriors win, we may not see him until game 5, but if Toronto wins the next game I think we'll see him in game 4. My prediction is that Golden State will will game 3, Durant will come back in game 4 but it will mess up the Warriors' dynamic and Toronto actually wins game 4, taking home court back and making it a best of 3. I have a feeling this one will go 7 games, with the Raptors winning their first title on their home court.