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Wednesday, December 28, the Golden State Warriors (27-5) take on the Toronto Raptors (22-8). The game will be played at ORACLE Arena in Oakland, CA. Read on for our Warriors vs. Raptors prediction and preview.
According to FiveThirtyEight's matchup predictor, which is based on its CARM-Elo rating, Golden State wins the match-up between the two teams 77 percent of the time. The spread also suggests that the Warriors are favored to win the contest.
Spread: Warriors -9
Game Time: 10:30 p.m. ET
GSW: Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Kevin Durant, Draymond Green and Zaza Pachulia
TOR: Kyle Lowry, DeMar DeRozan, DeMarre Carroll, Pascal Siakam and Jonas Valanciunas
TOR: Terrence Ross, Jared Sullinger and Delon Wright are out.
Warriors vs. Raptors preview:
The Warriors haven't played since Christmas—a game in which they got dunked on over and over by 90-year-old Richard Jefferson and throttled once again in crunch-time by Kyrie Irving, so I can only assume the last few days have been...tense. They'll be eager to play tonight, eager to prove that they're still the best team in basketball (on paper they are, and it's not even close) and eager to prove that they aren't a team to be trifled with. They don't have to play against their kryptonite—I mean LeBron James and the Cavs—until January 16, so they have plenty of time to make adjustments.
The Raptors are hot right now, having won four straight (and 14 of their last 16), and they'll look to keep the good times rolling with a win over the Warriors tonight. They're just one game back from the Cavaliers in the East, but not a lot of people seem to notice. The Raptors have quietly been excellent this year, with the Warriors, Cavaliers, Spurs and Rockets dominating the headlines. Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan have made huge strides this year, and they're not a tandem to sleep on by any means.
Warriors vs. Raptors prediction:
The Warriors take this one. They've gone 120 games (!!!) without back-to-back losses, and I don't see them falling to the Raptors at home. Kevin Durant will be playing angry having had three days to sit on the Warriors' Christmas Day loss to the Cavaliers, and an angry Durant is something no team wants to face.