Raptors vs. Warriors NBA Pick
The Toronto Raptors clash with the Golden State Warriors in a rematch of last year’s NBA Finals.
Both teams look very different and they’re heading in opposite directions. The Raptors are heading to the playoffs and will have a chance to defend their crown while the Warriors have the worst record in the league and are already thinking about next year.
Not all hope is lost for the Warriors. A familiar face will come back for this game and he is the reason why I see the Warriors putting up a fight on Thursday.
Toronto Raptors (43-18) vs. Golden State Warriors (14-48)
Thursday, March 5 at 10:30 PM ET (TNT), Chase Center
Curry Is Back
Stephen Curry has been since he broke his left hand in a 121-110 home loss against the Suns on October 30. The injury happened after a hard fall in the second half. Curry collided with Aron Baynes and took the brunt of the fall as he braced himself with his left hand.
ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne reported back then that Curry’s initial diagnosis was a broken second metacarpal in his left hand. The talented point guard had an MRI and CT scan before determining if he needed surgery. Curry finished that game with nine points on just 3 of 11 shooting and 1 of 7 from 3-point range with four turnovers in 21 minutes before going down.
David J. Chao, a recognized former NFL head team doctor, said back then that Curry’s injury had: “potential for scaphoid fracture. Hope not. Often not seen on initial X-ray.”
Curry has missed over four months and his head coach Steve Kerr recently said that he’s been “looking great.” Kerr also emphasized that Curry is in excellent condition all because of the “brutal workouts” he put himself through while getting ready to come back.
Can Curry and Wiggins Work?
This is the million-dollar question that all Warriors fans want to be answered. The game against the Raptors will be Curry’s first with new teammate Andrew Wiggins.
The 24-year-old has loads of potential and while he’s had a solid career, it has been full of ups and downs and he hasn’t been able to meet the high expectations that a No. 1 pick in the NBA Draft always has. Wiggins now gets a fresh start and the will be surrounded by very talented players once the Warriors are 100 percent healthy.
Wiggins averaged 22.4 points, 5.2 rebounds, and 3.7 assists in 34.6 minutes over 42 games with the Timberwolves this season. He shot 44.4 percent from the field and 33.1 percent on a career-high 6.5 attempts from 3-point range.
Andrew Wiggins has played nine games with the Warriors and is averaging 20.1 points, 4.3 rebounds, 3.8 assists, and 1.7 steals in 33.0 minutes. He is shooting 46.5 percent from the field and 33.3 percent on 4.7 attempts from 3-point range.
The Warriors are just 14-48 and in the last place in the Western Conference. The fact that Stephen Curry has played just four games this season has a lot to do with that, they would have a much better record with him. Curry was averaging 20.3 points, 6.5 assists, and 5.0 rebounds in 28.0 minutes in the four contests he played this year.
The Raptors have lost three of their last four games but they’re the better team here, that can’t be denied. I don’t see the Warriors winning this game but having Curry back will spark them and their home crowd will get behind them.I’m taking the Warriors and the points.
Free NBA Pick: Warriors +10.5 (-110) at Bovada
Ed’s 2019-20 NBA picks record through Feb. 29: 2-1 ATS, 1-0 Money lines, 6-2 Totals