Golden State Warriors (15-7) vs Toronto Raptors (18-4)Date : 11/29/2018
Time : 8:00 pm EST
Location : ScotiaBank Arena, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Pick, Prediction, & Preview:
Golden State Warriors vs Toronto Raptors
The Golden State Warriors will travel to Scotiabank Arena in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, to face the Toronto Raptors at 8 p.m. Eastern Standard Time on Thursday night. The Golden State Warriors had lost four straight games before rebounding nicely in winning three straight matchups, with their last being over the Orlando Magic as they were able to pick up a 116 – 110 home win as Kevin Durant finished the game with 49 points, 7 rebounds, along with six assists while Klay Thompson chipped in 29 points while also going 6 – 12 from 3-point range.
The Toronto Raptors have also been on fire lately in winning six straight games with their last being a 122 – 114 win on the road versus a reeling Memphis Grizzlies squad as the Raptors were on fire both from the floor as well as from 3-point range as they shot 60% from the field while nailing over 50% of their 3-point attempts for the night. Six players for Toronto scored in double figures led by Kyle Lowry with 24 points and six assists in the victory. The Warriors have covered the spread in only one of the last five games versus the Raptors in Toronto while the over has been to play in five of the six meetings, altogether, amongst these teams.
Golden State Warriors's Latest Performance :
The Toronto Raptors, as stated, have won six straight games as Kawhi Leonard along with Kyle Lowry continue to be the tip of the spear for a team that has scored at least 120 points in five of their last six games, overall. Amazingly enough, the Raptors are only allowing opponents to score an average of 92 points per game during their current winning streak.
In their last match up, however, Toronto allowed 114 points to the Memphis Grizzlies on the road yet the Raptors shot 61% from the field while nailing 18-33 3-point attempts for the night as Fred VanVleet along with Kawhi Leonard assisted Kyle Lowry in the scoring department in chipping in 18 and 17 points, respectively, in the victory. Leonard also had 11 rebounds on the night to lead the team. In all, the Raptors are certainly on a high at this point in the season and will certainly look forward to the challenge of facing the short-handed defending champs at home on Thursday night.
Toronto Raptors's Latest Performance :
Both Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson have continuously proven their worth to the Golden State Warriors in the absence of Steph Curry and Draymond Green, as they have certainly kept the team afloat this season, particularly during their last three games as the Warriors were able to atone for a four-game losing streak in which to pick up three straight wins. In their last outing, Thompson and Durant combined for 78 total points in a win versus the Orlando Magic at home as Thompson ended with 5 rebounds along with nailing six 3-pointers on the night. Durant, on the other hand added six rebounds and nine assists to his stat total in the victory for Golden State as they will now head to Toronto to face a dangerous Raptors team that has been unstoppable lately.
Nonetheless, the Warriors have also been outstanding on the defensive end as well as they are allowing opponents to score only 105 points per game during their current winning streak. Their prior opponent in the Orlando Magic was allowed only 44% shooting from the floor for the night and despite them hitting 14 3’s for the game, were heavily outrebounded by the Warriors by a 46-34 margin for the game. For a team in the Raptors that averages 40 rebounds per game, one can only expect Golden State’s matchup with the Raptors to be one that will be exciting throughout.
How Golden State Warriors & Toronto Raptors Matchup.
Vegas Odds, Offshore Odds, & Odds ATS:
Golden state is 9 – 13 ATS while the OU is 12 – 10
Toronto is 12 – 10 ATS while the OU is 15 – 7
In-Depth Analysis of each team:
This will certainly be an important matchup for the Raptors as they seek to extend their current six-game winning streak versus a short-handed, yet dangerous team in the Golden State Warriors who have nicely recovered from a rough patch, recently. Look for Toronto to push the pace of this game in which to gain an advantage on the Warriors while Golden State will also look to push the pace, at times, yet, relying on their superstars in Durant and Thompson within the half-court offense to make big shots. In all, look for this game to be exciting throughout as Toronto will certainly attempt to take out the Warriors early in this contest.
Against The Spread Selection: Pick: Toronto Raptors
My reason for the pick :
While the Golden State Warriors have dug themselves out of a hole by winning three straight games recently, I will back the Toronto Raptors in this instance as I happen to believe that they are truly clicking on all cylinders at this point. The home team is healthy at the moment and will be looking for an opportunity in which two make a statement not only to the Eastern Conference, but to the NBA alike, that they are indeed a team to be reckoned with. In all, look for this to be a litmus test for the Raptors as they will continue their winning ways over a tough Golden State squad, despite their victory coming with Curry and green being out of the lineup.
Totals Selection: Pick: Over
My reason for the prediction :
With the pace of this game likely to be one that is upbeat throughout, I will back the over in this matchup as both teams have found their stroke on the offensive end lately and will certainly come into this game looking to establish themselves on this end of the floor, first and foremost. Expect Lowry and Leonard to get their teams going early while, of course, Durant and Thompson will certainly bring their A-game for this match up as well. Again, the over will be the strong play in this matchup as neither team will want to suffer a loss in this contest.
Betting trends for Golden State Warriors:
- Warriors are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 Thursday games.
Warriors are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 road games.
Warriors are 0-5 ATS in their last 5 road games vs. a team with a home winning % of greater than .600.
Betting trends for Toronto Raptors:
- Toronto Over is 4-0 in Raptors last 4 games following a straight up win.
Over is 4-0 in Raptors last 4 games playing on 1 days rest.
Over is 4-0 in Raptors last 4 overall.