NBA Finals 2019 Game 5 Betting Guide: Golden State Now Underdogs

Tobin & Leroy
June 10, 2019 - 2:25 pm

The Game 5 spread shifted from Golden State -4.5 to -5 on Friday, thanks to the Warriors declaring center Kevon Looney (chest) active two hours before tipoff, but the Raptors’ elite defense wasn’t affected. 

They held Steve Kerr’s unit to its lowest offensive rating (96.8 points per 100 possessions) of the 2019 playoffs, improving to 13-7 against the spread (65.0%) as a single-digit underdog this season. On the flip side, Golden State dipped to 8-9 straight-up without Kevin Durant (calf) in the NBA Finals over the past five campaigns.

At the other end, Toronto forward Kawhi Leonard dominated with 36 points via 11-of-22 shooting, seeing his MVP odds rise from -104 to -500 after the 105-92 win. If Leonard and his Raptors clinch their first-ever title, they’d deliver the second-largest NBA Finals upset over the past 35 years. Nick Nurse’s crew started with +210 series odds while the 2004 Detroit Pistons (+500 against the Lakers) claimed the biggest upset amid that stretch.

Click HERE to see the updated NBA Finals odds — all of them differing from the series' opening oddson May 25.

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