Abril 20, 2018

Golden State Warriors at Toronto Raptors Preview 01/13/18

13 Enero 2018, 07:30 | Gerardo Tarin

Golden State Warriors at Toronto Raptors Preview 01/13/18

Golden State Warriors at Toronto Raptors Preview 01/13/18

The Raptors (29-11) could again be without guard Kyle Lowry, who missed the loss Tuesday to the Miami Heat and the win over Cleveland, with a bruised tailbone.

Ryan had tied the game at 54-54 with just under a minute left to play.

The Cavaliers, who at one point threatened to dislodge the Boston Celtics atop the Eastern Conference standings, have dropped 7 of their last 10 games.

Playing without Myles Turner for the second game in a row due to a sore right elbow, Domantas Sabonis effectively recorded his second double-double in three games with 12 points and 15 rebounds, plus a monster block late. The Warriors now rank 21st in opponent offensive rebound %, meaning the Raptors will have some opportunities for second chance points.

This matchup pits one of the league's top offenses against one of its elite defenses.

They are only the two teams in the National Basketball Association ranked in the top 10 in both offensive and defensive efficiency. Cleveland now sports the worst ATS record in the league at 12-28-1. Games featuring the Warriors tend to go over the O/U total (57.1 percent). According to BPI, the game is essentially a toss-up with the Raptors having 49.8-percent chance of victory. But it wasn't enough as the four-time MVP finished with 27 points, 11 assists and eight rebounds while Kevin Love had 21 points and 10 rebounds in the loss.

LeBron took on Collison with a second left to try to win the game, but he stepped out of bounds, sealing the win for Indiana.

DENVER - Will Barton scored 17 points, Trey Lyles had 16 and Denver overcame a slow start to beat Memphis, snapping a season-high, three-game losing streak.

Golden State is 10-10 ATS on the road with 13 overs and 7 unders. Toronto is looking ready to prove that they are serious title contenders, and that their doubters are wrong for they have learned from their experiences over the past couple of seasons.

Valanciunas almost had a double-double in the first quarter, when he totaled nine points and nine rebounds in a little over six minutes because of foul trouble. Their offensive rating puts them 26th during this funk, nearly on par with the frightful defense, and they rank 29th in assists per game. He was a +28 for the night, while shooting 8-for-11 from the floor and 6-for-8 from beyond the three-point line. Cleveland had a 39-18 scoring advantage on fast-break points.

Punish Zaza in the pick-and-roll: The largest mismatch the Raptors have in this game is Jonas Valanciunas.

The loss to the Raptors was the Cavaliers' third straight game in which they gave up more than 127 points to their opponent.

Golden State ranks first in assists per game (30.6) while Toronto ranks 12th (22.9). The Cavs are 0-3 against IN and 6-1 against everyone else IN the division.

Toronto is 3-2 ATS with 4 overs and 1 under over their last five games. On average they've won 64.6 games and the lowest number they've won in a full 82-game season is 58.

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