Golden State Warriors vs. Toronto Raptors - 1/2/15 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Toronto Raptors (24-8) at Golden State Warriors (25-5)
NBA Basketball: Friday, January 2, 2015 at 10:30 pm (Oracle Arena)
The Line: Golden State Warriors -5.5 -- Over/Under: 212.5 See the Latest Odds
Two of the best records in the league collide tonight when the Toronto Raptors battle the Golden State Warriors.
The Toronto Raptors were enjoying a healthy win streak of six games before losing two of their last four including a 102-97 overtime defeat at Portland on Tuesday. Kyle Lowry continued his fantastic season with 25 points, seven rebounds and five assists while Jonas Valanciunas and James Johnson added 14 points each, but the Raptors were only good enough to become the latest victims of another Trailblazers' comeback. As a team, the Raptors shot just 40.4 percent from the field with Lowry shooting just 10 of 26 and Louis Williams shooting just one of 10. Despite the loss, Toronto is still number one in the Eastern Conference standings at a record of 24-8 overall.
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Meanwhile, the Golden State Warriors have bounced back from bad losses against both Los Angeles teams with two easy wins against the worst teams in the league. After taking down the Timberwolves by 13 points on Saturday, the Warriors absolutely showed no mercy against the 76ers on Tuesday as they blitzed them by 126-86. Marreese Speights had 23 points, Klay Thompson had 14 points and Stephen Curry had just 13 as the Warriors stormed out of the gates to a 61-34 lead at halftime before taking their foot off the gas and letting their reserves run free in the second half. With the win, Golden State improved to an amazing 25-5 on the season.
In ATS trends, the Raptors are 23-8-2 ATS in their last 33 games following a loss and 9-4 ATS in their last 13 road games, while the Warriors are 5-1 ATS in their last six home games and 28-13 ATS in their last 41 games overall.
Head to head, the Raptors are 5-17 ATS in their last 22 meetings overall and just 0-9 ATS in the last nine meetings in Golden State.
Before cheking up the ATS trends, I was leaning towards taking the Raptors with the points, but those stats are just so hard to ignore that I have to stick with the league-leading Warriors at home where they've only lost once all season.