Toronto took a 1-0 series lead in the NBA Finals with last night’s 118-109 win over Golden State as a 1.5-point home favorite. The 227 combined points soared “over” the 212.5-point total.
The Raptors were in control from start to finish, leading nearly the entire game. They covered the short number for bets in both the first quarter and the first half. The Warriors, who trailed by 10 at intermission, cut the deficit to three early in the fourth quarter, but that was as close as they would get.
Pascal Siakam stole the show with 32 points, eight rebounds, five assists, two blocked shots and one steal. The third-year player out of New Mexico State made 14-of-17 field-goal attempts, 2-of-3 launches from 3-point land and both of his free throws.
Kawhi Leonard finished with 23 points, eight rebounds, five assists and one steal, while Marc Gasol added 20 points and seven rebounds. Fred VanVleet, who drained 14-of-17 attempts from downtown in the last three games of the Eastern Conference finals, hit just 1-of-4 shots from long distance in Game 1. However, the Wichita State product continued to provide steady offense with 15 points. VanVleet made all four of his FGAs from inside the 3-point line. Danny Green was also in double figures with 11 points.
Steph Curry scored a game-high 34 points in the losing effort. Curry dished out five assists and pulled down five rebounds. Klay Thompson had 21 points and five boards, while Draymond Green registered a triple-double with 10 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists. However, Green was only 2-of-9 from the field and committed six turnovers.
DeMarcus Cousins returned to the court for the first time since the first round of the playoffs. He played only eight minutes and finished with three points, two steals and a pair of assists.
As of Friday afternoon, most betting shops had Toronto installed as a two-point home favorite for Sunday’s Game 2 at 8:07 p.m. Eastern on ABC. The total for “over/under” wagers is 215 points. Gamblers can get the Warriors on the money line for a +110 return.
The updated series price is Golden State -150, with the Raptors as +130 underdogs.
The updated odds to win Finals MVP honors had not been made available as of Friday afternoon. We’ll nonetheless point out that Siakam opened with 40/1 odds to win the award at the Westgate SuperBook.
Kevin Durant hasn’t been ruled out of Game 2 yet, with his official status listed as “doubtful.” But the two-time NBA Finals MVP winner isn’t expected to return until Game 4.
Andre Iguodala is listed as “questionable” due to a lingering calf injury. Iguodala played 29 minutes in the series opener, producing six points, seven assists, six rebounds and one blocked shot.
Toronto forward OG Anunoby is “probable” for Game 2. Anunoby, who averaged 7.0 points and 2.9 rebounds per game during the regular season, has been recovering from an appendectomy and hasn’t played since April 9.