Raptors small road underdogs on NBA odds for Game 6

Toronto Raptors forward Kawhi Leonard (2) drives around Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson (11) during first half basketball action in Game 4 of the NBA Finals in Oakland, California on Friday, June 7, 2019. (Frank Gunn/CP)

The Toronto Raptors will be looking to close out their first-ever trip to the NBA Finals with a win on the road when they visit the Golden State Warriors on Thursday for Game 6 set as 2.5-point underdogs on the NBA odds at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com.

Toronto failed to capitalize on its opportunity to win the series on home court in Game 5, dropping a 106-105 decision on Monday that cut the team’s lead in the series to 3-2 going into Thursday night’s Raptors vs. Warriors betting matchup at Oracle Arena.

The Raptors’ Game 5 loss as 1-point home chalk has had a dramatic impact on their odds to win the first NBA championship in franchise history. Listed as -550 favourites on those futures going into Game 5, the Raptors have taken a step back but still hold a clear edge as a short -260 bet on the NBA championship odds.

Despite posting wins in three straight visits to Golden State, including victories in Games 3 and 4 of this series, the odds suggest that Raptors will need a full seven games to win the series. Toronto is listed as a +120 wager to end the series with a win on Thursday night. However, the Raptors’ shifted odds have done little to dampen Kawhi Leonard’s position as a heavy favourite to earn NBA Finals MVP honours for the second time in his career.

Leonard has averaged 29.8 points and 10.6 rebounds so far in the Finals, and continues to lead the way as a short -300 wager to get the nod as MVP, ahead of Stephen Curry, who sits back at +350.

The Warriors will be looking to Curry for another big performance to keep their hopes of a championship three-peat alive when they hit the hardwood on Thursday night as -140 home favourites on the NBA betting lines.

Curry led all players with 31 points in Game 5, and has stepped up in the absence of injured superstar Kevin Durant, averaging 36.75 points over his past four home contests. However, the Warriors have struggled with consistency on home court at Oracle Arena, going 7-4 straight up so far this postseason.

Golden State has also continued to be a major betting disappointment while playing at home, going 4-7 against the spread in that span, and 19-31-1 ATS since the start of the regular season. Conversely, the Raptors are unbeaten ATS in their past three road contests, but have covered in four straight road dates on just one previous occasion this season.

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