Prior to the 2018-2019 NBA Season tipping off, Marc Lawrence provided capsules of each team in the league. It has come down now to the Toronto Raptors and the Golden State Warriors in The Finals with The Raptors having home court advantage. Take a look at what Marc had to say last Fall and join him now for his plays throughout the quest for the NBA Championship with his NBA Weekly Access Pass
Golden State Warriors (62.5) – Winners of the NBA championship three of the last four years, including back-to-back titles, the Warriors are led by the star power of Kevin Durant and Stephen Curry – the best one-two punch in the NBA. It didn’t matter that Curry played in only 51 games because of an ankle injury, the support cast is good enough to make the playoffs on their own merit. The offseason addition of DeMarcus Cousins – recovering from an torn Achilles and expected to be in the lineup after the holidays – is scary and could carry them to another level this postseason. And while Father Time paid Andre Iguodala a visit last season he will provide the glue until Cousins is ready to contribute. Still, they are very much the team to beat. – Betting nugget: The Warriors are 2-11 ATS as favorites of 9 or more points without rest against rested opponents.
Toronto Raptors (55.5) – Yes, it was a good season in Toronto last campaign. The won a franchise-record 59 regular season games, and were the only team to rank in the top five in both offensive and defensive efficiency. But after a third straight playoff exit at the hands of LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers, sweeping changes were made. NBA Coach of the Year Dwane Casey was shown the door and All-Star G DeMar DeRozan was traded for Kawhi Leonard in a stunning swap of MVP candidates. Former assistant Nick Nurse takes over and with it look for bombs away to be the mantra in Toronto. In Nurse’s two seasons as coach of the Rio Grande Valley Vipers (2011-12 and ’12-13), the team took 33 percent of its shots from 3-point range, a rate that was four times the G League average. If Leonard is healthy his addition could be a home run. If not, the Raptors will have swung for the fences and struck out. Stay tune – Betting nugget: The Raptors are 15-3-2 ATS in its last twenty games as dogs of more than 3 or more points in non-conference games.
Marc Lawrence is on a 63% run and has released his strongest play of the postseason for Game Two Sunday night in Toronto. Get it here along with all of his plays through next Sunday with the NBA Weekley Access Pass for just $29