Date & time: Wednesday, December 28, 10:30 PM
Venue: Oracle Arena (Oakland)
Head to head record
Toronto Raptors vs Golden State Warriors 121-127 (2016/2017 NBA)
Toronto Raptors vs Golden State Warriors 97-93 (2016 pre-season)
Toronto Raptors vs Golden State Warriors 75-69 (2016 summer league)
Toronto Raptors vs Golden State Warriors 109-112 (2015/2016 NBA)
Golden State Warriors vs Toronto Raptors 115-110 (2015/2016 NBA)
Golden State Warriors vs Toronto Raptors prediction
Golden State Warriors will be looking to bounce back from a heartbreaking loss to Cleveland Cavaliers when they take on Toronto Raptors in yet another festive game. The last season’s runners-up are eager to return to winning ways, but they will have to prove their worth on the court.
Unlucky defeat at Cleveland
Golden State Warriors were on the verge of beating title holders Cleveland Cavaliers at Quicken Loans Arena on Christmas day, but Kyrie Irving eventually scored the winner for Cavs in the dying seconds of the game. Warriors are determined to get back on course, but they face a difficult task in Wednesday’s encounter against Toronto Raptors. Kevin Durant impressed in the 109-108 defeat to Cleveland, while Stephen Curry played below expectations in the derby. Steve Kerr’s team produce much better performances at home and it has to be noted that they recorded 12 wins in previous 13 games at their Oracle Arena. Warriors aim to retain top position in Western Conference and seeing that San Antonio Spurs are breathing down their neck, I am positive that the hosts will take Wednesday’s clash against Raptors very seriously.
Coach Steve Kerr has no injury concerns ahead of the visit of Toronto Raptors and he is unlikely to rest his key players Kevin Durant, Stephen Curry and Tristan Thompson.
Raptors tough to beat on the road
Over the years Toronto Raptors have established themselves as one of the best teams in the East and they are sitting in second place in their conference ahead of the trip to Oakland. The Canadian team did well to beat Lillard-less Portland Trail Blazers on Boxing Day and they are on a four-game winning run in the league at the moment. Unlike previous years, Toronto have been impressive on the travels this season and you should bear in mind that they are eyeing their eighth consecutive win on the road. Golden State Warriors, though, are likely to pose a much bigger threat for Dwane Casey’s team than their previous rivals and it is no surprise Raptors are regarded as big underdogs in Wednesday’s game against Steve Kerr’s charges. DeMar DeRozan has been averaging 27.5 points this season, but the good news for the fans is that Kyle Lowry has found his best form of late as well. As always, all eyes will be on the duo when Toronto take on Golden State at Oracle Arena.
Terrence Ross is a major doubt and he will be assessed on the match day. Delon Wright (shoulder) and Jared Sullinger (foot) are definitely out of contention through injury.
- Toronto are on a seven-game winning run on the road
- Golden State are after their sixth consecutive win at home
- Raptors recorded their last win at Oracle Arena back in 2004
- Kevin Durant has been averaging 26.2 points this season
- Warriors scored 100+ points in each of their previous eight league games
Golden State Warriors vs Toronto Raptors betting pick
Golden State Warriors have been impressive at home this season and they I believe that they will start a new winning run in the league on Wednesday. However, seeing that Raptors have been producing splendid displays on the road of late, I would not be surprised if Dwane Casey’s men cover the handicap, which is pretty big.
Pick: Toronto +10