Golden State Warriors vs Toronto Raptors Prediction, 12/18/2021 NBA Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: Golden State Warriors vs Toronto Raptors
Date: Saturday, December 18, 2021
Location: Scotiabank Arena in Toronto, ON
The Golden State Warriors (23-5) are traveling to Scotiabank Arena on Saturday where they will try to beat the Toronto Raptors (13-15).
The Warriors faced the Knicks and earned the victory with a final of 105-96 in their last contest. When discussing personal fouls, the Warriors ended up with 22 while the Knicks finished the game with 8 personal fouls. They also converted 16 out of their 42 shots from beyond the arc. New York ended up shooting 90.9% at the free throw line by converting 20 of 22 attempts. Furthermore, New York collected 31 boards (4 offensive, 27 defensive) and had 6 rejections. New York dished out 35 assists and had 18 steals for the matchup. Regarding defense, Golden State let their opponent shoot 36.1% from the field on 30 of 83 shooting. They also doled out 28 assists for this game as well as creating 6 turnovers and having 3 steals. In terms of grabbing rebounds, they collected 49 with 7 of them being of the offensive sort. At the free throw line, the Warriors knocked down 20 of their 27 tries for a percentage of 74.1%. Golden State finished with a 45.5% field goal percentage (35 of 77) and made 15 of 40 shots from 3-point land.
Nemanja Bjelica is one guy who was a factor for the matchup. He scored 14 points on 5 out of 5 shooting. He played 17 mins played and pulled down 4 boards. Bjelica ended up shooting 100.0% from the field and also dished out 4 assists.
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Golden State enters this game with a win-loss record of 23-5 on the season. They average 111.8 pts per game (3rd in the NBA) while hitting 47.1% from the field. The Warriors are hitting 36.5% on shots beyond the perimeter (418 of 1,146) and 75.6% from the free throw line. As a unit, Golden State is snagging 47.0 rebounds per contest and has racked up 787 assists on the season, which is 2nd in the NBA in terms of passing. They turn the ball over 16.0 times per contest and as a basketball team they commit 20.1 personal fouls per game.
When they are on the defensive end, the Warriors are able to force 15.7 turnovers per contest while drawing 18.3 fouls. They are ranked 2nd in the league in giving up assists to the opposition with 596 surrendered for the year. The Warriors defense is giving up a FG percentage of 42.2% (1,010 of 2,395) and they concede 41.4 boards per game as a squad. They give up 32.2% from beyond the arc while they are 1st in the NBA in PPG from their opponents (100.2).
In their last game, the Raptors took a loss by a final score of 131-129 when they faced the Nets. The Raptors pulled down 28 defensive boards and 13 offensive boards for a total of 41 in this game. They also turned the ball over 12 times, while getting 6 steals for this contest. The Nets committed 16 fouls in the matchup which took the Raptors to the free throw line for 19 attempts. They were able to knock down 15 of those for a rate of 78.9%. Concerning 3-point attempts, Toronto converted 18 of their 52 tries (34.6%). Overall, the Raptors finished 48 out of 105 from the field which had them shooting 45.7%. The Raptors permitted the Nets to knock down 50 out of 103 tries from the floor which left them with a shooting percentage of 48.5% for this contest. They finished shooting 35.9% from beyond the arc by hitting 14 out of 39 and walked away from this one shooting 17 of 23 at the free throw line (73.9%). When it comes to how they rebounded, Toronto allowed Brooklyn to grab 41 overall (19 on the offensive glass).
Scottie Barnes ended up being a factor for the Raptors in this matchup. He made 7 out of 13 for the game for a field goal percentage of 53.8%, and had 12 rebounds. Barnes totaled 23 points in his 44 mins on the court and had 5 assists for this contest.
Toronto has a win-loss record of 13-15 on the campaign. When it comes to offense, the Raptors are connecting on 43.8% from the floor, which has them ranked 24th in the league. Toronto has scored 2,966 points on the season (105.9 per contest) and they pull down 44.6 rebounds per game. They are dishing out assists 21.4 times per contest (28th in basketball) and they are turning it over 12.5 times per contest. The Raptors have committed 19.7 fouls per game and they hit 77.0% from the charity stripe.
The Raptors are ranked 8th in basketball in PPG given up with 105.4. They have forced 16.3 turnovers per game and have allowed teams to shoot 45.3% from the field (17th in basketball). The Toronto defense allows 35.5% on 3-point shots (346 of 975) and their opponents are knocking down 79.4% of their free throw attempts. They have given up 23.7 assists and 44.9 total boards per game, which is ranked 15th and 14th in basketball.
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Tony Sink's Pick: Take Golden State
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