Kent Tukeli | Sat 13/01/2018 - 16:27 EST

NBA Spread Picks: Toronto Raptors vs Golden State Warriors

NBA Spread Picks: Toronto Raptors vs Golden State Warriors

Will Warriors Extend Winning Streak Against Raptors?

Yes, because the Warriors are the best team in the NBA.

The Toronto Raptors stomped all over the Cleveland Cavaliers without Kyle Lowry or Serge Ibaka, pulling off one of the least expected upsets halfway through the regular season. Toronto’s bench ended up playing inspired basketball at both ends, running rampant over the Cavaliers rotation. Remarkably, the Raptors pulled this off with Cleveland near full strength.

On Saturday night, Toronto will face the best team in the NBA. Regardless of Lowry and Curry’s availability, this game will present one of the toughest challenges of the year. The Warriors are one of the worst matchups for the Raptors. Toronto rarely wins against Golden State over the past decade. Now that the Warriors have turned into a superteam, the reigning champs will only be challenged if Toronto plays outstanding tonight.

Raptors Betting Picks:

NBA Odds Courtesy Of Sports Interaction

Point Spread – Golden State Warriors -5.0 (-110)

Straight Up Moneyline – Warriors -190

Over/Under Totals – Over 226.5 (-110)

Toronto Raptors Betting Trends Against Golden State Warriors

Raptors Display Amazing Bench Potential

Cleveland did a great job hounding DeMar DeRozan, restricting the Raptors superstar to 5-13 shooting and 13 points. Too bad the Cavaliers didn’t bother to guard Toronto’s bench, which exploded for 76 points, torching LeBron for a stunning 133-99 victory. Fred VanVleet knocked down nearly all of his open looks, shooting 8-11, including 6-8 from beyond the arc. Powell, Poeltl, VanVleet and Siakam combined for a +104 from the bench, dominating the Cavs lineup. 

There’s no way Golden State will allow the Raptors bench to explode again, but if the bench maintains this level of play, the Warriors won’t be able to coast to an easy win.

Lowry And Curry Questionable

Toronto enjoyed a run of good health until Kyle Lowry slammed into the hardwood butt-first during an overtime clash with the Brooklyn Nets. What looked like a serious injury turned out to be painful but relatively moderate, which may keep him out of tonight’s matchup. Steph Curry’s dealing with an injured ankle again, part of a slew of injuries affecting Golden State this season. He’s listed as probable, but will play fewer minutes than usual. If Kyle’s still injured, the Warriors will likely blow out the Raptors. 

Golden State Dominates Matchup With Toronto

The Toronto Raptors have dropped seven in a row against the Golden State Warriors, and 15 of the last 17, displaying a strong losing trend over the past decade. The Warriors have won by five or more points in six of the last seven meetings, which bodes well for those taking Golden State to beat the spread. A -205 moneyline for the Warriors shows an unusual amount of respect for the Raptors, likely due to the way Toronto shredded the Cavaliers a couple of days ago. 

Warriors Elite Defensive Rating

Plenty of attention’s paid to the way Golden State effortlessly fills the bucket on any given night, regardless of whether Curry or Durant plays. The Warriors most valuable asset might be their defense, which feeds the offense with plenty of transition opportunities. Draymond Green, Kevin Durant, Klay Thompson and Andre Iguodala represent a nightmare for opposing shooters, while Steph Curry’s transformed into an underrated pest when he’s not busy breaking three-point shooting records. Toronto can’t expect to receive the same open looks they enjoyed against Cleveland.

DeRozan’s Evolving Bag Of Tricks

The Warriors haven’t faced the new DeMar DeRozan this season. In October, DeMar hadn’t unleashed his fresh three-point jumper yet. Since late December, DeRozan’s been shooting the lights out, hitting an average of 2.6 threes on 4.9 attempts, maintaining a .525 3P% over the last twelve games. Now that DeMar’s extended his range behind the arc, opponents must change the way they defend Deebo, creating breathing room for the Raptors offense. If DeRozan goes nuts tonight, an upset becomes realistic.

My Team's Next MatchToronto Raptors

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