The Toronto Raptors (14-21) travel to face off against the Golden State Warriors (17-18) on Sunday, January 7th. This game will be played at Chase Center. The Warriors are coming off a win in their previous game, while the Raptors are looking to get back on track from a loss to the Pistons. Tip-off is set for 8:30 ET.
Raptors vs Warriors
The Raptors Look To Bounce Back From A Loss
The Raptors were defeated by the Kings in the most recent game, concluding with a score of 135-130. Raptors turned the game around and came out on top, despite being in a trailing position at halftime with 77-57.
As of now, the Raptors hold a 14-21 overall record and have gone 2-1 in their last three games. In the Eastern Conference, they are in 12th place and are 5th in the Atlantic division.
Toronto currently has an ATS record below .500, sitting at 17-18 at this point. When playing on the road, the Raptors hold an ATS record of 8-9 in contrast to a 9-9 record against the spread when playing at home.
The Warriors Are Coming Off A Win
Most recently, the Warriors bested the Pistons with a score of 113-109. The Warriors entered the game as -10.5-point favorites, but their 4 point victory fell short of covering the spread. In terms of the over/under, the combined 222 points was below the over/under line of 240.
When playing away this season, the Warriors are 6-9 and are 11-9 at home. Overall, the Warriors are 17-18 and are looking to get a win against the Raptors.
Golden State currently has an ATS record below .500, sitting at 16-18 at this point. When playing on the road, the Warriors hold an ATS record of 9-6 in contrast to a 7-12 record against the spread when playing at home.
Raptors Offense Breakdown
Through 35 games the Raptors are averaging 114.5 points per contest, placing them 18th in the NBA. So far, the Raptors are averaging 98.9 possessions per game, which places them below the NBA average. However, they have been able to make up for this slow style of place by scoring with a high rate of efficiency. This season, they are ranked 10th in made field goals per game.
Warriors Offense Breakdown
The Golden State offense will take the floor in today’s game with the league’s 9th ranked offense at 117.1 points per game. So far, the Warriors are averaging 99.3 possessions per game, which places them below the NBA average. One thing to keep on an eye on is if the Warriors offense will be able to maintain their production, as not only are they a below average team in terms of pace, but their effective field goal percentage of 54% is a below-average figure.
Raptors Team Defense
On average, the Toronto defense is giving up 115.6 points per game (17th). Right now, they are on a 3 game streak of giving up fewer points than their season average. For the season, Toronto is ranked 27th in fewest fouls per game. Team’s are averaging 19.6 free-throws per game vs. the Raptors and have an overall field goal percentage of 48.4%.
Warriors Team Defense
At present, the Warriors’ defense is ranked 20th, allowing 116.5 points per game. The Warriors defense is coming off a game in which they held the Pistons offense to just 46.3% shooting. Overall, they gave up 109 points to Detroit.
Key Players For The Raptors And Warriors
The outlook for today’s matchup points to Pascal Siakam as the primary point contributor for the Raptors, finishing with 22 points while maintaining a 8/17 shooting accuracy. Throughout this season, his average stands at 22.3 points per game, along with 6.5 rebounds.
As for Golden State, Stephen Curry is projected to be the primary scorer for the Warriors. Our forecast has him finishing the game with 27, and adding 5 rebounds. For the season, he has a field goal percentage of 45.6% and is averaging 27.6 points per contest.
Raptors vs Warriors Trends
- Although Toronto has a straight up record of 2-8 in their last ten road games, they have not held up as well vs the spread going 4-6. The team averaged 118 points per game in these games.
- In their last three games at home, the Warriors have a straight up record of 1-2 while going 1-2 vs. the spread. The team averaged 115 points per game in this stretch.
- As the betting underdog, the Raptors have an ATS mark of just 5-5 in their last ten games. Toronto posted a straight up mark of 3-7 in these matchups.
- Looking back on the team’s last ten games as the favorite, the Warriors have a straight up record of 7-3. Their record vs the spread in these games was 4-6.
The Raptors come in as the underdog at +2.5, making them our top choice on the point spread. We not only expect them to cover the spread but also believe they have a strong chance of winning the game outright, especially if you’re aiming for a higher moneyline payout.
Regarding the over/under, the current line is set at 237.5, and our model predicts the Raptors and Warriors to score a combined 225 points. We recommend betting on the under.
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