Golden State Warriors at Toronto Raptors : Predictions, Odds and Betting Tips
Thursday November 29th, 12:00 pm
A possible NBA Finals preview takes place in Canada on Thursday night. The Golden State Warriors take their three-game win streak into Scotiabank Arena to face off against the 1st placed Toronto Raptors.
Are the Warriors still a drama filled mess? Yes. But, as predicted, with the amount of talent they have their on-court performance will not, and has not, suffered any long-term ill effects. Speaking of talent, the Warriors may be adding to their arsenal of future hall of famers, as Steph Curry could make his return to game action vs. Toronto after a 10-game hiatus with a left groin strain. Curry is expected to be a full participant in practice on Tuesday, and if all goes well, should be ready to go come tipoff Thursday night.
Warriors’ guard Klay Thompson made a not-so-bold prediction on Tuesday, when he insinuated that the Toronto Raptors would represent the East in the Finals this season. Frankly, the Raptors, not the Warriors, nor the Bucks, have been the league’s best team to this point of the NBA season. As we approach December, The Raptors hold a five game win streak, and have a 2.5 game lead on any team, regardless of conference, for best record in basketball.
Be sure to tune in on Thursday night, as this will be one of the most exciting contests of the NBA regular season. If Curry returns to the court vs. Toronto, as expected, the tide can swing into the Warriors court, and their backcourt to be more specific. The combo of Curry and Thompson will almost certainly outscore Toronto’s backcourt duo of Kyle Lowry and Danny Green (coming off a four point outing on Sunday). Oh, and if Curry, and Thompson aren’t enough offensive production, Kevin Durant is coming off a 49 point game on Monday night. So while Serge Ibaka, and Pascal Siakam may pad their offensive stats against a Draymond Green-less Warriors’ frontcourt, the Warriors have actually been more efficient as a whole since Andre Iguodala has been inserted into the starting lineup.
Score prediction: Warriors win 121-117
- Golden State Warriors at Toronto Raptors: Take Warriors (SU)
This game will almost certainly come down to the wire. The added excitement of having Steph Curry back on the court may be enough to put the Warriors over the top. The Trio of Curry, Klay, and KD will simply overpower any duo that Toronto tries to use to accompany Kawhi Leonard on the offensive end.
While the Over/Under is not out yet, this game is sure to be high scoring. Toronto and Golden State rank 4th and 5th respectively in offensive ppg. The Warriors have not scored under 116 points in three straight games, while averaging 119.3 ppg in that same span. While the Warriors have been impressive offensively, the Raptors have been exquisite. Toronto has not been held under 124 points in three straight games, and is averaging 124.7 ppg in those three games.
Head to Head
These two franchises have only faced off 43 times during the regular season. Golden State holds a 13 game lead over Toronto, with a 28-15 record. Golden State has gone undefeated against Toronto dating back to the 2014-2015 season, obtaining an 8-0 record during that time period.
- Golden State is 3-7 ATS in their last 10 games when playing on 2 days of rest.
- Golden State is 4-14 ATS in their last 18 games vs. the NBA Atlantic.
- Golden State is 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games vs. a team with a winning % greater than 600.
- Toronto is 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games vs. a team with a winning SU record.
- Toronto is 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games vs. the Western Conference.
- The total has gone OVER in 5 of Golden States past 6 games when vs. a team with a winning SU record.