Toronto Raptors vs. Golden State Warriors was the matchup that had the attention of the world during the 2019 NBA Finals. Both rosters are vastly different today than they were then, but there is still plenty of intrigue to be enjoyed when these teams get together on Sunday night. Here, the Warriors enter as the team with the best record in the NBA, while the Raptors look to get their feet under them in the extremely competitive Eastern Conference.
In this matchup, the health of both teams will be one of the keys to the game. Both sides have key contributors with statuses that are in doubt, and the team whose stars are most able to take the court should be the team in the best position to pick up a win on Sunday. In a game that could go either way, there is a lot of uncertainty that could provide an edge in the betting markets when all is said and done.
Toronto Raptors – Injury Questions Persist
The Toronto Raptors had been struggling to start the 2021-2022 NBA season, as they sit a game below .500 17 games into the year. They did manage to get a win in their last game, though, blowing out the Sacramento Kings in Sacramento to set up this road clash with the Warriors. For the Raptors, the question will be whether they can overcome their injury woes again, this time against the number one team in the NBA.
OG Anunoby has been missing time for the Raptors due to injury, but he is listed as questionable for this game. Whether or not Anunoby comes back, the Raptors will be tested defensively against the Warriors, thanks in large part to Steph Curry. Fred VanVleet and the rest of Toronto’s guards will need to step up in a big way to defend the Warriors’ leading scorer and the current MVP front-runner.
Expected Line-Up: Fred VanVleet, Gary Trent Jr., Scottie Barnes, Pascal Siakam, Khem Birch
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Golden State Warriors – Back At Home
Golden State enters this matchup with the Toronto Raptors with a 14-2 record, as they have run through the competition in the early portion of this season. Toronto has lost just twice this season, once at home to the Grizzlies and once on the road to the Charlotte Hornets. But the Warriors enter this matchup on a three-game winning streak, having beaten the Nets, Pistons and Cavaliers on the road leading up to this home game.
For the Warriors, the question is going to be how they respond to having spent a week away from home before this game. Time and time again teams have come out sluggish in their first game after an extended road trip. But the Warriors have proven to be an exception to most rules so far this season, and play with enough energy that they could very well avoid any slow starts that typically come from a long road trip ending.
Expected Line-Up: Stephen Curry, Jordan Poole, Andrew Wiggins, Draymond Green, Kevon Looney
Expert Pick #1 – Raptors +9.5 @ -110
The first bet to make in this game is the Raptors +9.5 at -110 odds. While the Warriors have had way more success this season than the Raptors, the Raptors play enough defense to where a Warriors win should come in a relatively tight game. Expect VanVleet to get into Curry defensively, making him work in a game where the Warriors won’t live up to their typical offensive standards.
Expert Pick #2 – Under 217.5 @ -110
The next tip for this contest is the under 217.5 points at -110 odds. Toronto is a solid defensive team, and they will need to hold the Warriors in check if they want to keep this a single-digit basketball game. Expect Toronto to lock in and to keep this game closer to 200 total points to keep things competitive throughout.
Expert Pick #3 – Fred VanVleet Over 6.5 Assists @ +125
Our final bet for this matchup is Fred VanVleet over 6.5 assists at +125 odds. VanVleet is a good distributor of the basketball and has had his share of double-digit assist games this season. He should be able to rack up assists in this game against a Warriors team that doesn’t have a defensive stopper at the point guard position.
While the Warriors are the better team going into this game, they are in a bad spot here coming off of a long road trip. The Raptors should be able to cover a big point spread in this matchup, as they have spent more time on the West coast than the Warriors as of late. Expect a Golden State win, but for the Raptors to come up with a cover.