Golden State Warriors
Life without Steph Curry continues to be a struggle for the Warriors who are only 5-5 without him. Sandwiched between recent victories was a four-game slide that included blowout losses against Oklahoma City and Houston. And there’s the drama between Kevin Durant and Draymond Green (now out with injury). The Warriors are vulnerable and facing a Raptors team that is peaking.
Opposite to Golden State, the Raptors are healthy and firing on all cylinders. Kawhi Leonard is playing like an MVP candidate alongside Kyle Lowry. The emergence of Pascal Siakam has given the Raptors another frontcourt threat while Jonas Valanciunas and Serge Ibaka are both flourishing at the centre position. Now is finally Toronto’s time to get over the Warriors.
The Raptors haven’t beaten Golden State since the 2013-14 season, but they have played them close in their last three home games. But without Curry and Green, the Raptors are getting a can’t-miss opportunity to end the losing skid against Golden State.