Golden State Warriors vs. Toronto Raptors - 12/3/13
Toronto Raptors (6-10) at Golden State Warriors (10-8)
NBA Basketball: Tuesday, December 3, 2013 at 10:30 pm (Oracle Arena)
The Line: Golden State Warriors -7.5 -- Over/Under: 200 See the Latest Odds
The stumbling Toronto Raptors look to upset the Golden State Warriors tonight when they collide at the Oracle Arena.
The Raptors have lost five of their last seven and will be looking to avoid a fourth straight loss after falling to the Nuggets by 112-98 on Sunday. Rudy Gay led the team with 23 points, Jonas Valanciunas added 18, while Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan added 17 points each, but the coaching move to insert Tyler Hansbrough really hurt the Raptors' scoring off the bench as they were outscored by the Nuggets' reserves 72-16. With the loss, Toronto falls to 6-10 on the season and 3-6 at home.
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Meanwhile, the Warriors have lost five of their last seven but were able to avoid a third straight loss when they beat the Kings by 115-113 on Sunday. Stephen Curry had a monster game of 36 points and 10 assists, while Klay Thompson made a career-high eight three pointers on his way to 28 points. Defensively, the Warriors could do little to slow down DeMarcus Cousins who had 24 points in just 20 minutes of play, but they were able to limit his production by keeping him in foul trouble. Coach Jackson will probably be disappointed that his team let a 15-point lead slip, but with Andre Iguodala still injured, the wins have been hard to come by.
In ATS trends, the Raptors are 4-0 ATS in their last four road games and 2-5 ATS in their last seven games overall, while the Warriors are 5-1 ATS in their last six home games against a team with a losing road record and 0-4 ATS in their last four home games.
Head to head, the Raptors are 5-16 ATS in the last 21 meetings overall and 0-8 ATS in the last eight meetings in Golden State.
In terms of recent form, these teams are actually pretty well-matched, but the Warriors look closer to getting back on track while there doesn't seem to be a light at the end of the tunnel for the Raptors. With that being said, I'm taking the Warriors to win and cover the spread in this one.