NBA Finals 2019: The Golden State Warriors will host the Toronto Raptors for Game 6 of the NBA Finals. With a Warriors win, Golden State will force a Game 7 in Toronto on Sunday. With a Warriors loss, the Raptors will be crowned NBA champions for the first time in the franchise’s history.
The Raptors hold a 3-2 series lead and might be smelling blood after the Warriors lost Kevin Durant to a ruptured Achilles in Game 5. Toronto has looked like the better team through most of the first five clashes, as it’s healthier, deeper and turbo-powered by two-way soul-snatcher, Kawhi Leonard.
But Golden State is back at home, playing at Oracle Arena for the last time. And as long as Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson around, this team is a threat to go nuclear from three and render all other stat categories meaningless—basically the blueprint of its series-extending win on Monday.
Over the past four seasons combined, Lowry has averaged 2.9 triples and hit them at a 38.8 percent clip. While both figures fell this year (2.4 and 34.7, respectively), he has shown the ability to (literally) shoot past this total with two different playoff outings of five-plus triples.
But he’s streaky and currently in the middle of an arctic stretch. He made just one three in Game 5 and didn’t sink any in Game 4, despite launching 10 total attempts in those outings. He’s had four games just in these playoffs where he never found his mark from distance.
This is a good total, because you can make the case for either side. But the numbers like the under. He’s only topped two triples in seven of his 23 appearances this postseason.
Golden State will probably lose tonight. Teams that win a Game 5 on the road to force a Game 6 at home have usually lost the Game 6. Considering the Warriors also lost Durant, they’re in even deeper trouble than the average team tonight. If the Warriors win tonight, they’ll be underdogs in Game 7 in Toronto.