Toronto Raptors vs Golden State Warriors: Predictions, Odds and Roster Notes

WSN Picks: Toronto Raptors defeat Golden State Warriors

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How to Watch

What:Toronto Raptors at Golden State Warriors
Where:Chase Center, San Francisco, CA
When:Thursday, 5 March 2020, 10:30 PM EST
How (TV/Radio):TNT, TSN1/4+RDS2 | Sportsnet 590 The FAN, 95.7 The Game

Toronto Raptors (Away)

Head Coach: Nick Nurse {All-Time 101-42 | TOR}

Season Record: 43-18

Projected Starting Five: (G) Kyle Lowry – (G) Norman Powell – (F) Patrick McCaw – (F) OG Anunoby – (F) Pascal Siakam

Top Performers:

  • (F) Pascal Siakam – 35.2 MPG | 23.5 PPG | 7.5 RPG | 3.5 APG
  • (G) Kyle Lowry – 36.5 MPG | 19.2 PPG | 7.7 APG | 1.3 SPG
  • (G) Fred Vanvleet – 35.8 MPG | 17.6 PPG | 6.6 APG | 3.8 RPG

The Toronto Raptors sit at second in the Eastern Conference with a 1.5 game lead over the Boston Celtics who trail them in third. After a win over the Phoenix Suns, they set a franchise record for least games played to achieve 20 road wins.

The Raptors are coming off of an impressive win against the Phoenix Suns. While Toronto got off to an awful start, giving up 39 points in the first quarter, the Raptors went on to win every remaining quarter.

Toronto takes on a Golden State Warriors team that may or may not have Stephen Curry. Regardless, the Warriors are a tough, and defensively feisty team that is certain to give the Raptors their fair share of trouble.

Golden State Warriors (Home)

Head Coach: Steve Kerr {All-Time 336-136 | GSW}

Season Record: 14-48

Projected Starting Five: (G) Damion Lee – (G) Juan Toscano-Anderson – (F) Andrew Wiggins – (F) Dragan Bender – (C) Marquese Chriss

Top Performers:

  • (G) Stephen Curry – 28.0 MPG | 20.3 PPG | 6.5 APG | 5.0 RPG
  • (F) Andrew Wiggins – 32.9 MPG | 19.9 PPG | 4.3 RPG | 3.0 APG
  • (F) Eric Paschall – 27.2 MPG | 13.6 PPG | 4.7 RPG | 1.8 APG

The Golden State Warriors still find themselves at the bottom of the Western Conference and in the NBA. Despite that, they’ve shown flashes of the Warriors of old in recent games – due to their defensive intensity and shooting.

The Warriors are coming off of an impressive win over the Western Conference third seed Denver Nuggets. The Warriors played incredibly hard on the defensive side of the floor, limiting their opponents to only 3-20 shooting from deep.

Golden State faces off with a Toronto Raptors team that rivals them in terms of health issues and injuries. While the Raptors have been able to maintain their quality, the Warriors are out to prove that their development system is just as strong.

What’s At Stake?

The Toronto Raptors and the Golden State Warriors will be forever connected due to their NBA Finals series. Over 45 regular-season meetings, the Warriors lead the Raptors 28-17.

A win for the Toronto Raptors would keep them ahead of the third-place Boston Celtics by half a game.

A win for the Golden State Warriors would do little for their standing, keeping them last in the Western Conference.

Questions to answer

Can the depleted Raptors find a spark on their bench?

Will the Warriors put up another defensive masterclass?

We are going to compare the Toronto Raptors and the Golden State Warriors in an attempt to see who has the advantage in this matchup.

TOR: More From the Bench

Toronto Raptors Head Coach Nick Nurse has been openly critical of his reserve unit players in the wake of their injury struggles. While they’ve been positive on the season as a whole, the likes of Terence Davis, Matt Thomas, and Chris Boucher haven’t impressed in recent games.

It was much of the same for the Raptors in their last win against the Phoenix Suns. The starters were brilliant, as Powell, Lowry, and Siakam combined for 87 of their 123 points. While Thomas and Davis had no scoring impact on the game, Boucher stepped up at the pivot with a 19 point, 15 rebound evening.

The Raptors should remember that the Warriors run switch and close-out heavy defense. For Toronto to succeed, their second unit will have to show that they can spell the starters to take down their Championship rivals.

GSW: Defend, then Punish!

The Warriors are coming off of an impressive win over one of the NBA’s best, the Denver Nuggets. Not only was Steve Kerr’s patented offensive game plan in full effect, the Warriors were able to hold the Nuggets to a dreadful shooting night.

Usually an efficient offensive team, the Denver Nuggets were held to 44.8% shooting from the field and only 15% shooting from deep. While Denver still found some success at the rim, the Warriors chose to take away the Nuggets’ perimeter weapons.

Against the Raptors the Warriors will need to put up the same fight defensively. Just as important though is their offensive plan. The Warriors assisted on 51.6% of their field-goals and converted on 18 threes. The surprise contributions of Mychal Mulder and Dragan Bender will be welcome once again.

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Toronto Raptors Roster Notes

(G) Fred Vanvleet – 2 Mar 2020 – Day To Day (Shoulder) – VanVleet is listed as questionable for Tuesday’s (Mar. 3) game.

(C) Serge Ibaka – 2 Mar 2020 – Day To Day (Knee) – Ibaka is listed as questionable for Tuesday’s (Mar. 3) game.

(C) Marc Gasol – 27 Feb 2020 – Out (Hamstring) – There is still no timetable for Gasol’s return, according to Blake Murphy of The Athletic.

(C) Dewan Hernandez – 2 Jan 2020 – Out (Ankle) – Hernandez has been out since Dec. 16 against Cleveland with a sprained ankle.

Golden State Warriors Roster Notes

(F) Draymond Green – 2 Mar 2020 – Day To Day (Knee) – Green is listed as questionable for Tuesday’s (Mar. 3) game.

(C) Kevon Looney – 2 Mar 2020 – Day To Day (Left Hip) – Looney is listed as questionable for Tuesday’s (Mar. 3) game.

(F) Alen Smailagić – 2 Mar 2020 – Day To Day (Right Quad) – Smailagic is listed as questionable for Tuesday’s (Mar. 3) game.

(G) Stephen Curry – 29 Feb 2020 – Out (Hand) – Curry will not return Sunday (Mar. 1) and his target return is sometime in March, according to Shams Charania of The Athletic.

(G) Ky Bowman – 29 Feb 2020 – Out (Ankle) – The Warriors announced that Bowman has a lateral ankle sprain and will be re-evaluated in a week.

(G) Klay Thompson – 20 Feb 2020 – Out For Season (Left Knee ACL Tear) – Thompson has been ruled out for the rest of the season accoding to Marc Stein of the New York Times.

Head-to-Head: (F) OG Anunoby vs (C) Marquese Chriss

The depleted Toronto Raptors have enjoyed some surprising contributions from third-year forward OG Anunoby. On the other side, the Warriors have more than appreciated Marquese Chriss’ positive run of form.

(F) OG Anunoby (6-7, 232lb (201cm, 105kg) | Indiana | 2 Years)

 

 

SeasonAgeTeamGamesMPPTSREBASTFG%3P%
19-2022TOR5929.710.75.41.6.505.371

The Toronto Raptors have received, in light of some extreme injury issues, an impressive run of performances out of OG Anunoby. Acting as the teams make-shift centre, Anunoby has averaged 19.7 points, 7.9 rebounds, and 5.0 steals in his last three matches. With the health of Gasol, Ibaka, and Hernandez still in doubt, Anunboy will be the Raptors first paint option once again.

(C) Marquese Chriss (6-9, 240lb (206cm, 108kg) | Washington | 3 Years)

SeasonAgeTeamGamesMPPTSREBASTFG%3P%
19-2022GSW5519.78.96.01.8.545.222

Marquese Chriss did not project to be a big factor for the Warriors when he entered this season, but he’s proven himself to be worth the investment in recent matches. Over his last eight, Chriss has been excellent. He’s averaged 14.9 points, 9.3 rebounds, and 1.4 blocks in 25.9 minutes per game. Considering the Raptors lack of size in the paint at the moment, Chriss will be asked to finish strong inside.

Toronto Raptors at Golden State Warriors Predictions and Odds

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Toronto Raptors at Golden State Warriors FAQ

Why the Toronto Raptors Will Win?

If the Toronto Raptors can control the glass, then they can take this game. They’ve struggled due to not having a healthy centre available, so a team effort on the glass will help mitigate that issue.

Why the Golden State Warriors Will Win?

The Raptors have shown some issues defending the fast-break when initiating their own end-to-end offence. If the Warriors can give the Raptors a taste of their own medicine in transition, they could take this match from the reigning Champions.

WSN’s Pick

WSN Picks: Toronto Raptors defeat Golden State Warriors

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