The Golden State Warriors continue their seven game road trip with a matinee matchup against the Raptors in Toronto. Tip-off is slated for 2:00 p.m. PST. The game will be broadcasted live on CSN Bay Area. Both teams are without a starter today, as Harrison Barnes (ankle) is out for the Warriors and Jonas Valanciunas (hand) is out for the Raptors.
The Raptors erased an 18 point deficit and even took the lead late in the fourth tin their last game against the Warriors at Oracle Arena on November 17th. But Toronto collapsed as Steph Curry's late fourth quarter theatrics ensured Golden State a 115-110 victory.
Last Time Out
After digging themselves into an early hole, the Raptors could not find the light as they lost to the Denver Nuggets at home 106-105 on Thursday. DeMar DeRozan led all scorers with 34 points. Kyle Lowery finished with 16 points (4-16 FGM-A, 3-10 3PM-A), eight assists and six rebounds but struggled shooting from the field.
Steph Curry blitzkrieg'd his hometown Hornets with a 28 point third quarter Wednesday night in Charlotte. Curry sat out yet another fourth quarter as Golden State cruised to a 116-99 victory. It is the fifth time the reigning MVP scored at least 20 points in a quarter through the first 20 games this season. Russell Westbrook led the NBA for the entire 2014-2015 season with four such quarters. CSN's Monte Poole writes "Stephen Curry is the first NBA player to score 40 points in at least six of the season's first 20 games since Michael Jordan in 1986-87."
Golden State (-325) enters today's game as seven and a half point favorites over Toronto (+270). The over/under line is set at 207.5 total points according to BetOnline. Here are some betting trends hosted at OddsShark.com:
Here are my picks from Wednesday's game in Toronto: