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Golden State Warriors vs Toronto Raptors Pick & Prediction, Sat Dec 18 07:30 PM

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Logo Golden State Warriors
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Logo Toronto Raptors
213.5
OPENNER
-6

212.5o -111
CURRENT
-7.5 -110

+280
MONEYLINE
-340

100
SCORE
119

The Golden State Warriors will be looking to close a five-game trip with a fourth straight win as they encounter a surprisingly rested team Saturday night when they visit the Toronto Raptors.

Golden State will be seeking its second back-to-back sweep on the road this week, having already won at Indiana and New York on consecutive nights after a trip-opening defeat at Philadelphia last Saturday.

The Warriors opened its second back-to-back with a hard-fought, 111-107 win at Boston on Friday, giving Steve Kerr his 400th career win one game after Stephen Curry stole the spotlight on his record-setting 3-point night in New York.

"Very satisfied," Kerr assured after the win. "Helluva win guaranteeing us at least three wins (on the trip). That makes this a great trip and (the Toronto game) is a little more of a free swing."

Exactly which Warriors will be swinging was left unannounced after veterans Andrew Wiggins (36 minutes), Stephen Curry (35) and Andre Iguodala (24) all went over their season averages in minutes against the Celtics.

Iguodala, who contributed 12 points, six assists, four rebounds, two steals and two blocks to the win, hasn't played both ends of a back-to-back all season. Meanwhile, Curry and Draymond Green, who went 31 minutes in Boston, were given a night off the last time the Warriors had a back-to-back at the end of an Eastern swing, that occurring last month at Detroit.

As they await the return of Klay Thompson and James Wiseman, the Warriors also will be without Jordan Poole for the trip finale after he entered COVID protocols on Friday.

The Raptors know all about the restrictions of the latter, as they had a scheduled game against the Chicago Bulls on Thursday postponed because of a heavy toll COVID has taken on the Chicago roster.

Toronto not only benefitted from an extra two days off, but in the meantime has gotten Precious Achiuwa back from COVID protocols.

With OG Anunoby likely to return from a hip injury, it's possible the Raptors will take the court Saturday with a fully healthy roster for the first time this season.

Raptors coach Nick Nurse hopes his team's COVID issues are behind them.

"We're doing a lot more, protocol-wise," he insisted. "We're really trying to be as proactive as possible. We've just gone back to almost as stringent as we can be. I guess that's all I can say."

The Raptors were without Anunoby when they faced the Warriors in San Francisco last month in their fourth road game in seven days. They managed to hold Curry to 12 points, including just 1-for-6 on 3-pointers, but wound up on the short end of a 119-104 decision after watching Poole go for 33 points and Wiggins 32.

The Canada visit for Wiggins will be his first since the Toronto native became the first Canadian to reach 10,000 NBA career points last April.

Three weeks earlier, he added 15 points to his total when the Warriors were blown out 130-77 in their only trip to Toronto last season.

This time around, the Raptors will take the court having won four of their last six despite taking a 131-129 overtime loss at Brooklyn in their most recent action on Tuesday.

--Field Level Media

PREDICTION
Golden State Warriors
97
105
Toronto Raptors

Golden State vs. Toronto Recap APR 2TH 2021

TORONTO -- Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson combined for three 3-pointers in the final three minutes, and the Golden State Warriors held on to defeat the Toronto Raptors 106-105 Monday night in Game 5 to stay alive in the NBA Finals.

The Raptors attempted a title-winning shot, but Kyle Lowry's 3-point try from the corner hit the side of the backboard at the buzzer.

The best-of-seven series resumes Thursday in Oakland, Calif., with Toronto leading 3-2.

Curry finished with 31 points, eight rebounds and seven assists, though he hit just 10 of 23 shots from the floor and 5 of 14 from 3-point range.

"Missed shots can't kill your confidence. I'm going to get my legs ready for Game 6 and take those same shots," Curry said. "I have whole lot (to give). We know how hard it is. We gave ourselves a chance. It's doing to be a dogfight for 48 minutes. We'll be ready."

Thompson scored 26 points, and DeMarcus Cousins added 14 points for Golden State. Draymond Green had 10 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists.

Kevin Durant had 11 points and two rebounds for the Warriors before being helped from the court with 9:46 remaining in the first half with a lower right leg injury. He did not return. Durant had missed the previous nine games due to a calf strain.

Curry said on the ABC broadcast regarding what Durant's effort meant, "He sacrificed his body for us. I've got a lot of emotions right now."

Kawhi Leonard had 26 points -- 12 in the fourth quarter -- and 12 rebounds for the Raptors. Lowry added 18 points, Marc Gasol had 17, Serge Ibaka 15, Pascal Siakam 12 and Fred VanVleet 11.

The Warriors trailed by six with 2:30 to go before going on a 9-0 run that consisted of a pair of Thompson 3-pointers and another from Curry.

Golden State overcame two goaltending calls on Cousins in the final 1:59, plus an over-and-back violation on Draymond Green and an offensive foul for a moving screen on Cousins with 14.9 seconds left, setting up the final possession.

The Warriors took a six-point lead into the fourth quarter after leading by as many as 14 in the third.

The Raptors cut the deficit to three points on Ibaka's dunk with eight minutes to play, and Leonard's put-back trimmed the margin to one.

Draymond Green's 3-pointer had Golden State ahead by four, but Norman Powell's running dunk cut the deficit to two with 5:36 to go.

Toronto took a three-point lead on Leonard's 3-pointer and followed by a jump shot with 4:46 to play. Leonard hit another 3-pointer and added a pullup jumper to give Toronto a six-point lead with 3:28 to play.

Thompson's 3-pointer trimmed the gap to three with 2:32 left.

Toronto was called for a shot-clock violation, and Curry tied the game at 103 with a 3-pointer. After Leonard's miss, Thompson came back with a 3-pointer with 57.6 seconds remaining, and the Warriors led by three.

Lowry's layup cut the lead to one point with 29.9 seconds to play.

Cousins was called for an offensive foul with 15.7 seconds to play, giving Toronto a chance, but Lowry missed his shot as time expired.

--By Larry Millson, Field Level Media

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