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Warriors vs Raptors preview: May the winning continue for Golden State

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After a wild overtime win last Saturday against the Brooklyn Nets, momentum seems to be on our side as the Golden State Warriors go head to head against the Toronto Raptors. Both of these young teams look to give the home crowd an exciting showdown. It’s also Hardwood Classics Night at the Roaracle! “The City” Jerseys are back!

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Matchup
Toronto Raptors logo
Golden State Warriors
11-0 (6-0 HOME)
vs
Toronto Raptors
7-4 (4-3 ROAD)
Details
November 17, 2015
Oracle Arena — Oakland, CA
7:30 p.m.
National: NBA TV| Local: CSN Bay Area | KNBR 680 AM
Blog Buddy: Raptors HQ
Projected Starters
Stephen Curry G Kyle Lowry
Klay Thompson G DeMar DeRozan
Harrison Barnes F DeMarre Carroll
Draymond Green F Luis Scola
Andrew Bogut C Jonas Valanciunas
Key Injuries
Klay Thompson (Back) - Probable
Draymond Green (Flu) - Questionable
Kevon Looney (Hip) - Out
Terrence Ross (Thumb) - Out


★★★

Can Draymond Green's possible absence due to the flu affect the team's chemistry? He is questionable for tonight's game. Add Klay Thompson to that possibly injured list, as he continues to have back stiffness. Coach Luke Walton is looking to switch the rotation up with Andre Iguodala and Brandon Rush in the starting line up.

Where do I even begin with our supporting cast? With Draymond and Klay possibly out from tonight's rotation, can the remaining Squad continue their unselfish plays that has become a headache against teams with their electrifying ball movement? Tonight will be a huge challenge considering the headcount coach Walton has to work with. If our MVP lights it up on the home court, we'll be in good shape — let's not forget Curry, who had a game high 34 points and 6 assists.

The Raptors are off to a modest start with a 7-4 record in the Eastern Conference. Keep in mind Toronto's back court of Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan is averaging 40.7 points per game, which could spell trouble for Golden State. It should be interesting to see Luis Scola and Bismack Biyombo go head to head with our bigs, especially from a mobile Andrew Bogut who dropped a considerable amount of weight in the off season.


Predictions:

• Expect a solid night from our league MVP, Stephen Curry. Although he struggled at the start of Saturday's win over Brooklyn, we should see a more focused Steph on the floor. Just for fun, I predict he'll make that full court shot after his pre-game shoot around!

• Andrew Bogut is going to go off tonight. After his 10 points and 18 rebounds Saturday night, he's poised to continue that run. Throw Ezeli and Speights in the mix and we've got the rim well protected.

• With the headcount short, Andre Iguodala and Shaun Livingston are going to have a great night off the bench. Both have been instrumental in this teams success.

• It's gonna be a close one. Warriors win it by 3. Dubs going up... on a Tuesday!