Golden State Warriors v Toronto Raptors – Oracle Arena at 2:00 GMT+1
After just a day off, the Toronto Raptors will look to add another win to their lead when they travel westbound to face the Golden State Warriors in the Game 4 of the NBA Finals on Saturday. The Dubs saw their five-game NBA Final home winning streak end in Game 3 when the Raptors outmatched them in a 123-109 scoreline. A big factor in the Raptors’ Game 3 victory was the absence of Kevin Durant, Klay Thompson, and Kevon Looney. If the Warriors were to lose once again, their defending champion title could definitely be in a lot of trouble.
In Game 3, the Raptors showed total team effort that led to good fortune on their side. All five starters notched in double digits, steered by Kawhi Leonard’s 30 points. It was Kyle Lowry’s clutch scoring and aggressive offence and Danny Green’s epic 18 points that sealed the victory for Toronto though.
The Warriors, on the other hand, have relied greatly on their bench players to fill the gaps left by the absence of their star players as evident in their performance in Game 3. Simply put, it’s evident that the Warriors didn’t have enough power to come up against the Raptors in their previous head-to-head. Despite Steph Curry having the biggest performance of his playoff career, the Warriors still came up short.
– Klay Thompson is a doubt for Saturday’s game after acquiring a hamstring injury.
– Kevin Durant is also ruled out of Game 4 due to a strained calf.
– Kevon Looney is also out because of a costal cartilage fracture.
– For the Raptors, OG Anunoby and Chris Boucher remain in doubt for abdomen and back problems respectively.
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Warriors: DeMarcus Cousins, Draymond Green, Andre Iguodala, Shaun Livingston, Stephen Curry
Raptors: Kyle Lowry, Marc Gasol, Pascal Siakam, Danny Green, Kawhi Leonard
Stephen Curry will absolutely make up for the Warriors’ loss in Game 3. With Durant unavailable and Thompson still in doubt for Game 4, the Dubs will certainly rely on Steph to lead them to victory.
Kyle Lowry will definitely be aiming to keep up the momentum he had in Game 3 to help the Raptors secure a 3-1 lead against the Warriors.
Warriors v Raptors: Over 216 at 2.070
The Toronto Raptors have been on fire this season, and it’s possible that they can be the next NBA champs if they were to collect another road win and a 3-1 lead. Golden State shouldn’t be underestimated though. Even without Kevin Durant, the Warriors still have several key players they could rely on to. Don’t expect the back-to-back champs to give up the crown that without giving their opponents a solid fight.
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