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NBA Finals Game 3 Betting Trends Point to Close Game as Series Heads to Oracle Arena

Dan Israeli
2019 NBA Finals - Game Two
2019 NBA Finals - Game Two / Vaughn Ridley

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The NBA Finals will continue at the Oracle Arena in Oakland for Game 3, with both teams looking to take a key lead in this best-of-seven series.

The Golden State Warriors rode a dominant third quarter to a Game 2 victory over the Toronto Raptors, tying the series at one game a piece. It will now be the Raptors turn to steal an away game and shift home-court advantage back in their favor.

The Warriors are 4.5-point favorites in Game 3, according to FanDuel Sportsbook. The defending champs are 36-12 straight up as home favorites this season (regular season and playoffs), but only 19-28-1 against the spread (ATS).

The Raptors, on the other hand, are 21-9 straight up after a loss this season and 16-8 straight up on two- to three-days rest. Toronto is 11-8 ATS as a road underdog through this point of the season.

The trends suggest a close game that the Warriors will ultimately pull out, however, they will be playing shorthanded. Kevin Durant has already been ruled out, along with Kevon Looney, while Klay Thompson remains a game-time decision.

The Warriors will still be tough to beat behind Stephen Curry, DeMarcus Cousins, Draymond Green, and Andre Iguodala, but if Klay is indeed out, Game 3 may be the Raptors best opportunity to steal a road game during these Finals.

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