Kevin Durant decides to play Monday night in a must-win for the Golden State Warriors, and oddsmakers slanted the line for Game 5 of the NBA Finals as a result.
Toronto opened as a 3-point favorite but was down to a 1-point edge at Westgate on Monday afternoon. The accord line of -1.5 was still a big drop from the opening number.
The Warriors trail the Toronto Raptors 3-1 in the best-of-seven series, and Durant hasn’t played in more than a month.
Durant bruised his right calf on May 8 in the Western Conference semifinals against the Houston Rockets. The player has missed the past nine games but was cleared to return to practice Sunday.
Head coach of GSW Steve Kerr stated there would be no minute’s restriction on Durant if he is able to play. As said from multiple reports, Durant plans to be “full go” for Game 5.
“You worry about the conditioning,” Kerr stated. “The skill, obviously, is undeniable. He’s a guy who can get a shot off anytime he wants. … He’s Kevin Durant. If we have him out there, he’ll be a threat. We know that.”
Durant scored an average of 26 points, 6.4 rebounds and 5.9 assists per game in the regular season. Throughout the postseason, he is producing 34.2 points, 5.2 rebounds and 4.9 assists per game