The Toronto Raptors are feeling good after kicking off a long road trip with a win last Thursday. Will the Raps have success in enemy territory again this Saturday? The Golden State Warriors are coming off a thrilling win at home. Will they pocket another victory in their second meeting with Toronto this season?
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Away: Toronto Raptors (22-27/7-15 Away)
Projected Starting Five:
- PG: Fred VanVleet
- SG: Gary Trent Jr.
- SF: O.G. Anunoby
- PF: Scottie Barnes
- C: Pascal Siakam
Toronto showed it can get the job done on either side of the floor in its last two games. After showcasing their offense in a 125-116 Monday win over the New York Knicks in which they knocked down 15 treys and went 28/35 from the free-throw line, the Raptors stymied the offense of the Sacramento Kings in a 113-95 win on the road on Thursday. Toronto’s rebounding played a crucial role in solving the Kings’ offense, as the Raptors took plenty of shooting opportunities from Sacramento.
The Raptors outrebounded Sacramento, 41-3, and won the field-goal attempts battle, 97-73. Interestingly enough, Toronto had more rebounds and more attempts from the field in the first meeting with the Warriors but still lost, 126-110. The Raptors simply failed to take advantage of their massive advantage in possessions in that game, but it could be a different story this time around, with Toronto having posted a 54.8 eFG% and 124.6 oRTG in its last two games.
The Raptors are 3-0 against the spread in their last three games overall.
Home: Golden State Warriors (24-24/18-6 Home)
Projected Starting Five:
- PG: Stephen Curry
- SG: Jordan Poole
- SF: Klay Thompson
- PF: Andrew Wiggins
- C: Draymond Green
Jordan Poole saved the day for Golden State on Thursday, as he delivered the game-winning bucket to deliver a 122-120 victory to the Warriors against the Memphis Grizzlies at home. At its best, the Warriors’ offense can still be the most devastating in the NBA, and the trio of Poole, Klay Thompson, and Stephen Curry showed that in the Memphis game. The three combined for 79 of the Warriors’ total scoring output, with Curry leading everyone with 34 points despite getting ejected.
The Warriors can still score almost at will and execute in the clutch better than anyone. Playing in the Bay Area can make it doubly hard for the Raptors to beat the Warriors. Golden State is 18-6 straight up in home games this season and is 14-9-1 against the spread in those contests. And when the Warriors beat Toronto last December in Canada, Golden State did not even have Stephen Curry due to injury. Poole torched the Raps for 43 points, but doesn’t have to carry that big of a burden this time, with Curry healthy and probably looking for a game to vent his frustration over that ejection.
The Warriors are 3-0 ATS in their last three home games versus Toronto.
Spread: The Warriors (-5.5) cover the spread.
Over/Under: The total (237.5) hits the Over.