In the NBA there is one thing that matters, the homecourt advantage. This is an extremely big deal and it always matters. The Warriors are a beyond great basketball team and yes, they have played brilliantly in the playoffs thus far, here is the problem, they were not expecting the Raptors.
This is a young team, a team with fire and motivation and they just may be the buzz saw that brings the Warriors down. The online bookmakers believe and have confidence in the Warriors, but this is a big mistake.
What the bookies won’t tell you is this, they base the playoffs on past behavior, not trends that are happening now. The bookie can tend to be a bit lazy this time of year and for them to count the Raptors out, because Golden State is Golden State, that’s a problem but a good one for the bettor.
For the Toronto Raptors there is one thing that matters, Kawhi! The man is on fire and the dumbest move in the history of the NBA happened last offseason, along with the most brilliant move—Kawhi Leonard.
The Raptors have been through a lot of great players and even a superstar or two, but they have never landed a player this good. Forget about good, Leonard is beyond good, he is a leader, he makes his teammates better and he is willing to step up and take the shot that matters, when it matters the most, he is fearless.
Leonard will give Steph Curry and the golden boys a run and it will be a worthy run. This team is not your average, run of the mill, eastern conference team. Get your bets in on Leonard.
The Raptors ended the season with a better record than that of the Warriors and we get it, the regular season doesn’t matter, and this is the time of year that the Warriors show up. They will be tough to beat, we acknowledge that, but this Raptors team is unlike any other team that the Warriors have faced in the Eastern Conference. The betting opportunities are huge in this series so be sure to dial up your bookmaker and ask for a players bonus.
Unbelievably the Raptors lost to Orlando in the opening game of the first round of this years playoffs. Then what happened was four games in a row and a backdoor sweep of the Magic. Leonard was the high scorer in four of the five games played.
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Against Philly, Leonard scored 45, 35, 33, 39, 29 and 41! Against Milwaukee, Leonard scored 31, 31, 36, 35 and 27. This guy is a breath of fresh superstardom from a kid who just goes about his business and gets the job done. The Raptors were not supposed to beat Milwaukee, but they did, and they proved to the betting world they can be trusted with a lineup featuring Siakam, Leonard, Gasol, Lowry, and Green.
Gasol will be tough to cover for anybody that the Warriors throw at them. The Warriors struggle at one position, Center. The Raptors have the clear advantage at center and this gives them a betting advantage from a defensive standpoint. We think this one goes seven, but we think the Raptors take it in seven.
Prediction: Raptors in seven