Toronto Raptors vs Golden State Warriors (By: Miyagi)
According to the reports, Durant managed to complete today's training. As of late, there is a lot of pressure (from the press) on him as well, which has to do with that 'mysterious' injury that kept him off courts for much longer than the initial estimation. Based on what I've read so far today, I have absolutely no doubt that Durant will play tonight. That's more than meaningful for the fate of the Warriors!
There is not much I can say about Game 4, or at least, my opinion for the Raptors hasn't changed.
I think Green's answer about the third quarter says it all: ''It sucks really bad. You just try and do whatever you can to change it. Get a stop, get a bucket, get some momentum. Every time we did, they answered.'' Sometimes its that simple...the Raptors (through the hands of Kahwi) kept finding solutions/ answers with big baskets.
Sure thing is that Curry's defense was non-existent and he hurt his team as much (and even more) as a single player's defense can hurt a team. That's one of the highlights I could find (https://streamable.com/w93p6) while the Warriors had some momentum, Curry is gambling with an unnecessary double-team on Kawhi while leaving the Raptors' best spot-up shooter wide open. It was tough to watch as he was obviously very desperate and tried some hero solo-plays offensively to make up for his defensive mistakes but he only made things worse for his team.
Another fact is that Green, Iggy, Cousins, and Livingston were almost non-factors offensively as they were constantly looking for the extra pass which led to turnovers more often than not (no wonder why they finished the game with twice TO than the Raptors) at the same time that Looney with 'one arm' was more aggressive than all of them combined! Yeah, you can't win a game like that, right?
There are two things I want to mention.
1. In what seemed to be the Farewell to Oracle Arena, the disappointed Warriors' fans were leaving the stadium way before the end of the game, while by the end of the game there were only Raptors' fans in the Oracle Arena, chanting ''O Canada''. That's not the Farewell they had planned, right? Can't be right...
2. At some point, tonight, the Warriors will make history by having the best lineup ever assembled on the court (Green, Curry, Thompson, Durant, Cousins).
They say the bigger the stars, the bigger the egos. They also say something about the 'heart of the champion'. Well, it's now or never for the Warriors' crushed ego and with Durant back in action, I don't know how anyone can turn down those 2x odds. The Warriors must return to Oracle Arena and make things right, while it will be funny to see Drake desolate, mumbling in his corner. I expect the Warriors to come out swinging tonight and dominate this game from the very beginning.
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Toronto Raptors vs Golden State Warriors predictions
|Warriors - Warriors (Double Result)||Bet365||2.70||10||56-62 / 105-106 WON (+17 units)|
Toronto Raptors vs Golden State Warriors betting preview represents the personal opinion of the author (Miyagi).