Toronto Raptors vs. Golden State Warriors - 3/2/14
Golden State Warriors (35-23) at Toronto Raptors (32-26)
NBA Basketball: Sunday, March 2, 2014 at 4:00 pm (Air Canada Centre)
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The Golden State Warriors pay a visit to the Toronto Raptors for a Sunday afternoon shootout.
The Warriors have won five of their last six games and will be looking for another win on their current six-game road trip after cruising past the Knicks on Friday. Stephen Curry racked up a triple-double of 27 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists without breaking a sweat, while Klay Thompson made five three pointers on his way to 25 points to lead the Warriors over the Knicks by 126-103. It's a shame that the game wasn't closer because there's no telling how much more Curry and Thompson would have scored if they played their usual minutes but coach Jackson was able to empty his bench after leading by 73-52 heading into halftime. With the win, Golden State improved to a record of 36-23 which leaves them just half a game ahead of the seventh-placed Dallas in the Western Conference standings.
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Meanwhile, the Raptors have won six of their last eight games but will still be licking their wounds after falling to the Wizards by 134-129 in triple overtime on Thursday. DeMar DeRozan led the scoring with 34 points while Greivis Vasquez added 26 points off the bench, but despite a near triple-double from Kyle Lowry, the Raptors just couldn't get the stops when it mattered the most. In a game that lasted 63 minutes, Jonas Valanciunas only played 29 because of his ineffectiveness on offense and his inability to defend the pick and roll. In fact, if Amir Johnson didn't foul out, Valanciunas wouldn't have played more than 20 minutes with the way things were going. With the loss, Toronto drops to 32-26 on the season which leaves them with the same record as the fourth-placed Chicago in the Eastern Conference standings.
In ATS trends, the Warriors are 6-1-1 ATS in their last eight games overall and 5-2-1 ATS in their last eight games against a team with a winning record, while the Raptors are 10-3-1 ATS in their last 14 games following a loss and 22-9-1 ATS in their last 32 games overall.
Head to head, the Warriors are 17-4 ATS in the last 21 meetings overall and 5-1 ATS in the last six meetings in Toronto.
This is a tough game to pick but I'm going to give the edge to the Warriors who have already beaten the Raptors back in December.