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NBA Playoff Betting: Warriors, Raptors Both Facing Elimination

It’s do or die for the Toronto Raptors on Friday night as they face elimination against the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Finals.

If Toronto repeats their performance from Game 5 this series is already over. Cleveland completely dominated Game 5, winning 116-78 as an 11-point favorite. Kevin Love led Cleveland with 25 points, while LeBron James and Kyrie Irving each chipped in with 23 points.

The Raptors' big two of DeMar DeRozan and Kyle Lowry both tanked in the loss with a combined 27 points. No other Raptors players scored in double digits. With the win Cleveland improved to 7-0 straight up and 6-1 against the spread at home in the postseason.

The Raptors' saving grace may be the fact that Game 6 will be played in Toronto. In this series the home team has won every game SU and ATS. The oddsmakers at top sportsbook Bovada don’t believe that trend will continue after listing Cleveland as a 6.5-point road favorite. The latest series odds at Bovada list Cleveland as a -4000 favorite, while Toronto is a +1500 underdog.

If the Raptors can turn home court advantage into another upset win in Game 6 the series finale will be played in Cleveland on Sunday.

In the Western Conference Finals the Golden State Warriors survived their first brush with elimination with a win over the Oklahoma City Thunder in Game 5. The Warriors were a 7-point home favorite and posted a 120-111 win behind a 31-point effort from Stephen Curry. Oklahoma City wasn’t bad in the loss, with 40 points from Kevin Durant and 31 points from Russell Westbrook, but it wasn’t enough to close out the series.

For Game 6 the series moves back to Oklahoma City and the early odds have the Thunder listed as a 2-point favorite. At home in the playoffs the Thunder have won their last four games both SU and ATS, including both home games in this series. During their playoff run the Thunder are 6-2 SU and 5-3 ATS at home.

The Warriors' road record in the playoffs has been mediocre at best, at 3-4 SU and ATS in seven games. In all four of those SU losses the Warriors were the favorite. If the Warriors can pull out another win in Game 6 they’ll head home for Game 7 on Monday.