NBA Betting Trends Offer Mixed Bag Ahead of Game 6 of NBA Finals

Mike Esposito
2019 NBA Finals - Game Three
2019 NBA Finals - Game Three / Ezra Shaw

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The Golden State Warriors barely escaped Scotiabank Arena with a 106-105 win over the Toronto Raptors, forcing a Game 6 back at Oracle Arena.

Trailing 3-2 in the series heading into their final game at Oracle, the Warriors hope to get one step closer to defying the odds and digging themselves out of the 3-1 series hole they found themselves in before the week. And if you look at the betting trends, it offers a mixed bag.

The Warriors are 36-14 straight up as home favorites this season and are currently 2.5-point favorites to win Game 6, according to FanDuel Sportsbook. However, that doesn't mean a win will come easy, or by much. They're only 19-31-1 against the spread at Oracle Arena this year, though much of that likely comes because of their large spreads.

The Raptors have been a bettor's best friend on the road this season, owning a 12-9 straight-up record (No. 2 in NBA) and a 13-8 against-the-spread (ATS) record (No. 3 in NBA) as road underdogs. Additionally, Toronto is 22-9 straight up in games following a loss.

Losing Kevin Durant for the remainder of the series - and quite possibly for good - makes things harder for the Warriors as they battle the Raptors to retain their title. However, if there's any team that can block out all the noise and find ways to win in the face of adversity, it's the Warriors.

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