Thursday night will have a definite “Friday Eve” element to it for basketball fans with a super power matchup. In the same way the two-time defending champion Warriors will be missing their best player. Stephen Curry remains out with injury and leaves a tremendous void for the champions. Increasingly it looks as if Toronto is over their catastrophic playoff failure from last year. On the whole the Raptors were not a top preseason NBA betting online favorite. But new head coach Nick Nurse has proven to be the right man at the right time.
Golden State Warriors vs. Toronto Raptors
Date and Time: Thursday, November 29, 2018, 8 p.m. ET
Location: Scotiabank Arena, Toronto, Ontario
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Toronto was thought to be yesterday’s news after flopping as a top seed in the playoffs last spring. But the new look Raptors have flourished with great balance. Additionally, Kawhi Leonard has more than made up for the departed DeMar DeRozan. DeRozan was the “franchise” and it was believed irreplaceable. However, Leonard has flourished as a top NBA betting online asset since arriving from San Antonio. So far, he is averaging a team best 24.4 points per game. Toronto is 16-4 straight up and 11-9 vs. the odds with 13-7 over the total.
Golden State Warriors
Stephen Curry is out until early December with a groin injury. In this situation gamblers are justifiably leery. Recall last year when Curry was out in April with injuries. In brief the Warriors struggled badly both on the hardwood and on the board. Golden State is 14-7 straight up and 9-12 against the line. In spite of Curry’s absence, the Warriors still have a super star presence. Kevin Durant leads with 28.2 points, six assists, and 7.8 rebounds per game. Golden State’s offense is still a sportsbook asset. In fact, the Warriors rank fifth in the NBA for scoring.
Stats to Consider
Despite their championship pedigree Golden State has not been a reliable road dog betting value. For instance, the Warriors have covered just two of their last eight in that role. Six of their last seven as away pups have gone under the total. Balanced against that is Toronto’s recent success as a home chalk. To show the Raptors have paid in three of their last five in that role. Also, the Raps have gone over in five of their last six as home favorites.
Team vs. Team
Head to Head the Raptors own their series with Golden State. As a matter of fact, the Warriors have covered just one of their last six meetings with Toronto. Five of the last six between these teams have gone over the total. Scotiabank Arena has seen the Warriors pay in just one of their last five visits. And the last three in this series at Toronto have gone over the total.
Matchup to Watch
More emphatically the Warriors miss the presence of Curry. In the second place the Raptors play a full court game. TO ranks fourth in the NBA for offense and sixth for defense. The end result is good NBA betting online value.
Warriors vs. Raptors NBA Betting Online Picks
As mentioned earlier the Raptors dominate the board in this series.
Warriors vs. Raptors NBA Betting Online Pick: Toronto Raptors
Warriors vs. Raptors NBA Betting Online Score Prediction: Raptors 110, Warriors 92
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