TAB Betting Blog: Raptors set to overpower Warriors, again

Is knee injury limiting Kawhi in Finals? (1:45)

Jay Williams and Richard Jefferson analyze Kawhi Leonard's performance in Game 3 of the NBA Finals, showing how he has lost explosiveness in his left leg. (1:45)

2019 NBA Finals - Game 4 between the Golden State Warriors and Toronto Raptors (Saturday 11am AEST)

The Toronto Raptors regained the ascendancy in the NBA Finals with a strong victory in Game 3 and they will be hoping to extend their series lead when they face the injury-hit Golden State Warriors at Oracle Arena on Saturday.

Even though Kevin Durant was absent for Golden State's 118-109 road loss in Game 1 last Friday, the Warriors showed their championship mettle in Game 2 to outlast the Raptors 109-104 courtesy of 48 points from the 'Splash Brothers'; Klay Thompson (25) and Stephen Curry (23).

However, Thompson did not finish Game 2 due to a hamstring injury and his absence was profound in Game 3. Despite 47 points from Curry, Golden State were beaten 123-109 at home with a less than 100 percent Andrew Iguodala (11 points) and DeMarcus Cousins (four points) unable to assist Curry.

Thompson is likely to return for Game 4, but Durant has been ruled out due to his calf injury. That leaves Curry and a potentially hobbled Thompson battling against a balanced Raptors outfit led by Kawhi Leonard (30 points in Game 3). Kyle Lowry (23 points) and Danny Green (18 points) - who both struggled in the first two games at home - combined for 11 three-pointers in Game 3 to aid Leonard.

Golden State are three-time champions with their current core of players, but they are clearly struggling with injuries and Toronto must seize on the opportunity to potentially claim their first NBA championship at home on Tuesday.

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2019 Cricket World Cup - India vs. Australia (Sunday 7:30pm AEST)

After a thrilling victory over the West Indies on Thursday night, Australia will be searching for their third win from as many matches to commence their Cricket World Cup campaign against India at The Oval on Sunday night.

Australia had a comfortable start to their title defence with a seven-wicket victory over Afghanistan in Bristol, but the examination against the West Indies at Trent Bridge in Nottingham was far tougher. The Aussies were reeling at 4/38 after being sent in to bat, but patient knocks from Steve Smith (73) and Alex Carey (45) steadied the innings during the middle overs. Nathan Coulter-Nile then smashed 92 runs from 60 balls which helped Australia post a total of 288.

The West Indies seemed to be on track at different intervals (2/99, 3/149 and 4/190), but five wickets from Mitchell Starc resulted in the West Indies falling 15 runs short.


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India had a late start to the tournament compared to other nations, but it didn't seem to concern them with a six-wicket triumph over South Africa last Wednesday night at the Rose Bowl in Southampton. The Proteas lost a steady stream of wickets throughout their innings (9/227) and India's Rohit Sharma (122 not out) was the mainstay of the run chase.

In what should be a tight encounter, Australia appeal as a slight outsider considering these sides met for a five-match ODI series last March in India and the Aussies won the series after losing the first two games.

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