Free NBA Expert Picks For Tonight (Jan 13): Warriors vs Raptors Predictions
The NBA has seven games on the board for Saturday. The best matchup on the board though is Golden State and Toronto. My NBA pick for January 13 is below and the odds can be found at Sportsbetting – Don’t Miss 75% Up To $1000 Bonus. If you have thought about buying sports betting picks you should read our Pay For Picks article and take advantage of our free NBA expert picks instead of paying for them.
Golden State Warriors vs Toronto Raptors Prediction
The Warriors and Raptors battle for the second time this season on Saturday night. Golden State enters the night with a 34-9 record, which puts them in first place of the NBA. Toronto has gone 29-11, which has placed them in second place in the Eastern Conference. Toronto is coming off a thirty-four-point win against the Cleveland Cavaliers on Thursday night. The Raptors were without Kyle Lowry and Serge Ibaka in that game. Fred VanVleet led the Raptors in points in that game with twenty-two. Golden State is coming off an eighteen-point win against the Bucks on Friday night. The Warriors have won six of their last seven games.
The first time these two teams met this season was back on October 25. The game was held in Oakland and the Warriors got the win. DeMar DeRozan led the Raptors in points with twenty-four. Pascal Siakam dropped twenty points for the Raptors as well, but it just was not enough. Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson combined for eighty-one points as the Warriors won 117-112.
Kyle Lowry is expected to miss another game for the Raptors with a back injury. Serge Ibaka will be back in the lineup after serving a one-game suspension. For the Warriors, Stephen Curry is expected to be back in the lineup after missing two games with an ankle sprain. Omri Casspi is questionable with a back injury.
DeMar DeRozan will need to play great for the Raptors if they want to pull off the upset. DeRozan has averaged twenty-five points per game. He also averages four rebounds and five assists. With Kyle Lowry expected to miss, Serge Ibaka is the next highest scorer. Ibaka averages fourteen points per game. Jonas Valanciunas averages eleven points per game. If everyone is hitting their averages, the Raptors will need some help from the bench.
Golden State Warriors -4 (-105) at Toronto Raptors +4 (-115)
Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson continue to terrorize opposing teams. The three of them combined, average around seventy-five points per game. They also average sixteen rebounds and fourteen assists. On top of the dangerous trio, Draymond Green can be a lethal weapon as well. Green averages eleven points per game. The Raptors will have their hands full trying to contain the Warriors offense.
A battle to watch on the court is the Raptors perimeter defense versus the Warriors three point shot. The Raptors defense allows a three-point percentage of .350. That number is good enough for fifth best in the league. Golden State is shooting the three ball at around .389 percent, which is best in the league. If the Raptors can shut down the Warriors perimeter shot, then they could pull off the upset. If the Warriors can shoot well from outside though, I don’t see a way that the Raptors could win.
The Warriors are expected to win by four points according to the spread, but I believe they will win by more than that. Without Kyle Lowry, the Raptors will have difficulty keeping up with an aggressive Warriors team. On top of that, the Warriors -4 offers a better payout.