Golden St. Warriors vs. Toronto Raptors
The Golden State Warriors hopes to avoid their third straight loss as they travel to Toronto to face the Raptors on Monday. The Warriors are -1 point favorites over the Raptors with an over/under point total set at 202.
Head to head, the favorite is13-3 ATS in the last 16 meetings and 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings in Toronto, while the underdog is 5-2 ATS in the last 7 meetings. The Raptors are 3-1-1 ATS in their last 5 games vs. a team with a winning S.U. record and 12-5 ATS in their last 17 home games, but just 4-10 ATS in their last 14 games vs. a team with a winning % above .600. The Warriors on the other hand are 14-5-1 ATS in their last 20 games following a S.U. loss and 9-4 ATS in their last 13 games playing on 1 days rest, but just 1-4 ATS in their last 5 road games vs. a team with a winning home record.
The New Year hasn’t been kind to a Golden State Warriors squad that has dropped more games than they have won and are coming off two disappointing road losses to Chicago and Milwaukee. The Warriors started the season going 13-2 against the Eastern Conference and averaged 101.6 points in those games, yet, in their three January games they are only scoring 88 per game on 37% shooting. Golden State is also getting beaten on the boards as they got outrebounded by 19 in their loss to the Bulls and then again in their 109-102 defeat against the Bucks, losing the battle on the glass 58-50.
The Toronto Raptors come into tonight’s game having lost six of eight, however, they haven’t been as bad as their record would suggest. Not only has three of their last four losses come in overtime, but their last outing was the icing on the cake as Kyrie Irving hit a three-pointer as time expired to give the Cavaliers a 99-98 road victory.
The Raptors did take down the Warriors in their final meeting of last season in Toronto 83-75, however, that snapped a run of five straight wins by Golden State in the head-to-head series. The Warriors have also dominated against the spread as they have covered in eight of the last nine overall.
The Raptors aren’t a bad team, however, I just can’t see the Warriors dropping another game on the road, it’s that simple. Golden State is the better team and I expect them to bounce back tonight.
Golden St. Warriors -1 Toronto Raptors