Raptors Aim To End 8-Game Skid Vs. Warriors In Possible NBA Finals Preview

Matthew Jordan

Wednesday, November 28, 2018 1:42 PM UTC

Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2018 1:42 PM UTC

Just three games on the NBA schedule this Thursday, and the game of the night/week/month is clearly the TNT opener between the Warriors and Raptors from Toronto.

Golden State (15-7 SU, 9-13 ATS) at Toronto (18-4 SU, 12-10 ATS)Thursday, 8 p.m. ET (TNT)Free NBA Pick: Raptors ATSBest Line Offered: BetOnline

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Hard to get too excited about many games in the NBA’s 82-game regular season, but it’s must-see TV on Thursday night in the TNT doubleheader --- sorry, Saints-Cowboys, you will have to wait until this is over – as Golden State makes its only visit of the season to Toronto in a potential NBA Finals preview.

If you believe the Bovada oddsmakers (and all of SBR’s top-rated sportsbooks), this will be a Finals preview, although obviously injuries, etc., can change things. The Dubs are -240 favorites to win the West for a fifth straight year and -150 to win a fourth title in that span. The Raptors are +200 to take the Eastern Conference for the first time and +850 to win it all.

Golden State has won eight straight in this series, but none of those Toronto teams had Kawhi Leonard and this probably is the best Raptors group ever. It’s certainly the deepest team in the NBA. Last year’s game in Toronto finished 127-125 as the Dubs nearly blew a 27-point lead. Kyle Lowry missed that one injured. The Raptors then visit Oakland on Dec. 12, where they have lost 13 in a row.

This won't be quite the NBA Finals preview we hoped for with both Steph Curry and Draymond Green out for the Dubs.

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Klay Thompson on Toronto: “Who knows. It might be a preview in June.” pic.twitter.com/shetZ6M43K

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Golden State has followed the first four-game losing streak of the Steve Kerr era with three straight wins. Kevin Durant has totaled 125 points in that stretch and had a season-high 49 in Monday’s comeback win over Orlando. It’s the first time since January 2011 while with the Thunder that KD has had back-to-back 40-point games, and he’s just the seventh Warrior all-time to do it.

Curry missed his 10th straight with a groin injury Monday and Green his sixth in a row with a toe problem. You know both want to play here in a signature game. Curry did return to a full practice on Tuesday so that’s a promising sign. Kerr had said Curry “might” be able to play, but it turns out he won't return until Saturday. Green is expected to miss at least the first two on this five-game road trip.

Other than reserve Norman Powell, the Raptors are healthy and with the NBA’s best record. Hey, every win could be important for potential home-court advantage in the NBA Finals. Toronto didn’t fall into a trap game on Tuesday ahead of this one, taking a 122-114 decision at Memphis for a sixth straight win. The Dinos were down 17 in the second half so maybe it was a trap game.

Leonard hasn’t faced Golden State since Game 1 of the 2017 West Finals. You may remember the Spurs were up big (25 points) in that game but Leonard went out with an injured ankle and San Antonio would lose the game 113-111 on the way to being swept as Leonard wouldn’t play again in the series.

  • Warriors are 1-8 ATS in their last 9 games overall.
  • Raptors are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 vs. Western Conference.

This is the third time this season the Raptors have won six in a row – they haven’t won seven. We like them for a Thursday NBA pick, though, with Curry and Green out. The Dubs are just 2-7 ATS on the road.

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