Golden State had a chance to pressure Toronto in Game 3. The Warriors were coming off of a Game 2 victory in Toronto, successfully stealing home-court advantage away from the Raptors. But Klay Thompson was sidelined with a mild hamstring strain, and Toronto capitalized.
The Raptors trailed only once in the entire contest: a one-point deficit early in the first quarter. From that point onwards, Toronto controlled the game, outscoring Golden State in every single quarter and winning 123-109. The win gave the Raptors a 2-1 series lead and gave them back home-court advantage.
Without Thompson available, the Warriors struggled to get much production out of anyone in Game 3. Anyone, that is, except for Stephen Curry. Curry caught fire in Game 3, finishing with a postseason career-best 47 points and adding eight rebounds and seven assists as well. Curry’s individual efforts were outmatched by the Raptors’ depth. Kawhi Leonard scored 30 points to lead Toronto, with six players scoring in double digits (Kyle Lowry’s 23 points were second to Leonard).
For Game 4, Golden State expects to get Thompson back in the lineup, which should help tremendously. Kevin Durant is also supposedly getting closer to a return, though that has been teased since the start of the Warriors’ series with Portland. Even if only Thompson makes it back into the lineup Friday night, having him should provide Golden State with a much-needed boost in energy and production.
Oddsmakers once again have the Warriors favored for Game 4. The spread, in fact, is the same as it was in Game 3, with Golden State favored by 5½ points (and a -110 payout on either side of the spread). On the moneyline, the Warriors come in at -235, with the Raptors posting at +190.
To get our pick for the winner of Game 4, and for betting tips on how to wager on the contest, check out the video at the top of this page.
Drew has been covering sports professionally since 2007, covering sports of all kinds in the ACC, SEC, Big 12 and Conference USA. In addition to covering college sports, he also spent two seasons working with the NHL's Florida Panthers as part of their TV broadcast team, as well as reporting and anchoring for AT&T SportsNet and FOX Sports affiliates, CBS Sports Network and ESPNU. Drew has also ...
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