Golden State Warriors vs. Toronto Raptors - 10/5/15 NBA Preseason Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Toronto Raptors (1-0) vs. Golden State Warriors (0-0)
NBA Basketball: Monday October 5, 2015 at 10:30 pm (SAP Center at San Jose)
The Line: Golden State Warriors -7 -- Over/Under: 198 See the Latest Odds
The Toronto Raptors and Golden State Warriors play a Monday preseason game at the SAP Center at San Jose.
The Toronto Raptors are coming off a Sunday victory over the Los Angeles Clippers, 93-73. Kyle Lowry led Toronto with 26 points and two assists while DeMar DeRozan had 11 points and six rebounds. Luis Scola chipped in 13 points off the bench and Jonas Valanciunas grabbed 12 rebounds. The Toronto Raptors shot only 2-11 from beyond the arc but held the Clippers to just 38 percent shooting from the field. The Raptors did a nice job of spreading around playing time, as DeRozan was the only starter who played more than 25 minutes. As we get deeper into preseason play, the Raptors will want to see more from players such as Delon Wright and Norman Powell. Still, the Raptors are off to a solid preseason start.
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The Golden State Warriors really don’t need an introduction as they return pretty much the entire team that won the NBA title last year. Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green are all established players who likely won’t see a ton of time in the preseason. In fact, the Warriors are one of a few teams in the NBA that doesn’t need much tweaking during these exhibitions. Still, players such as Juwan Staten, James Michael McAdoo and Kevon Looney are worth keeping an eye on in hopes of cracking the rotation. It will also be interesting to see if center Festus Ezeli can continue to take steps forward in his young career. It will also be interesting to see Luke Walton as the coach until Steve Kerr returns from back surgery. Overall, however, the Warriors are what they are and ready for the real stuff to start.
The Raptors just played last night and now have to travel. Also, Toronto isn't nearly as deep as the Warriors. Regardless of who plays and how much for Golden State, the Warriors should win this game by double digits.
Golden State is simply too deep, even in the preseason.