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Golden State Warriors vs. Toronto Raptors - 10/1/16 NBA Preseason Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Raptors vs. Warriors

NBA Basketball: Saturday October 1, 2016 at 7:00 pm (Rogers Arena)

The Line: Raptors +3.5 -- Over/Under: 203.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: NBATV, TSN

The Golden State Warriors and Toronto Raptors open up the 2016 NBA preseason Saturday night at the Rogers Arena on NBATV.

The Golden State Warriors are once again going to be the team to watch this season after making the NBA Finals back-to-back years and adding a top-five player in Kevin Durant. The Warriors arguably have the best starting five in NBA history led by Durant, Draymond Green, Klay Thompson and Steph Curry. Of course, those guys likely aren’t going to play a ton in these preseason games or Golden State, but any glimpses of things to come will be a treat for NBA fans everywhere. The preseason is all about building depth, and that’s where we’ll see guys such as James Michael McAdoo, Ian Clark and Kevon Looney. This will be the lone time the Warriors backups have a chance to prove themselves given the fact their key rotation is set in stone heading into the regular season.

Golden State Warriors vs. Toronto Raptors - 10/1/16 NBA Preseason Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Toronto Raptors hope to prove that last year’s runner-up finish in the Eastern Conference wasn’t a fluke. The Raptors return their key players in DeMar DeRozan, Kyle Lowry and Jonas Valanciunas, but Toronto needs to find roll players who can take pressure off of the stars. The addition of Jared Sullinger certainly helps and getting a healthier DeMarre Carroll should add a spark to the starting unit. As for the preseason games are concerned, rookie Jakob Poeltl has a chance to show and prove and Lucas Nogueira has an opportunity to take a leap after playing in 35 games in two seasons. The Raptors have zero players over the age of 30, so there should be a lot of competition between the young players, making Toronto an interesting preseason team.

The Raptors are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 home games and 5-12 ATS in their last 17 games overall. The Warriors are 4-10-1 ATS in their last 15 Saturday games and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The over is 4-1 in Raptors last 5 home games and the under is 6-2-1 in Warriors last 9 overall. 

The lack of depth with the Warriors does concern me in this game, especially as I expect the stars not to play much here. However, this line is rather low for a Warriors team that could get hot from deep and run the Raptors out of the gym. I have to side with Golden State given the low line. 

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Golden State Warriors -3.5

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