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Surprisingly High Percentage of Moneyline Bets on FanDuel Sportsbook Backing Raptors to Win Game 3

Max Staley
2019 NBA Finals - Game Two
2019 NBA Finals - Game Two / Gregory Shamus

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After dropping Game 1 of the NBA Finals, the Golden State Warriors clawed back and defeated the Toronto Raptors in Game 2, evening the series up at 1-1. Now that the series has moved to Oakland, the Warriors are 4.5-point favorites in Game 3, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.

However, with Kevin Durant ruled out, and Klay Thompson's status up in the air, most of the moneyline bets have actually come in on the Raptors.

More specifically, 62 percent of the moneyline bets for Game 3 so far have come in on Toronto. Of course, it's fair to expect the Raptors to put up a fight against the hobbled Warriors, but it's a bit of a shock to see such a high percentage of bets come in on Toronto.

Still, there are a few trends that support Toronto grabbing a 2-1 edge in tonight's Game 3. For one, the Raptors are 21-9 straight up following a loss this season (4th in the NBA).

Additionally, Golden State is just 19-28-1 against the spread (ATS) as home favorites (24th in the NBA), while the Raptors are 11-8 ATS as an away underdog (4th in the NBA).

Even though the public seems to be backing Toronto, and there are a few betting trends that support the Raptors winning Game 3, if any team is capable of overcoming these odds, it's the Warriors.

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