Golden State Warriors vs Toronto Raptors Prediction, 4/2/2021 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Golden State Warriors vs Toronto Raptors
Date: Friday, April 2, 2021
Location: Amalie Arena in Tampa, FL
TV: NBC Sports Bay Area
Odds/Point Spread: Golden State (-4.5)
The Golden State Warriors (23-24) are headed to Amalie Arena on Friday where they'll take on the Toronto Raptors (18-30). Toronto opens this contest as 4.5-point underdogs. The total is set at 228.5.
The Golden State Warriors stepped onto the hardwood against the Chicago Bulls and took home the win by a score of 116-102 in their last game. Golden State walked away from the contest with a 50.0% field goal percentage (46 of 92) and converted 16 of 38 three-point attempts. From the charity stripe, the Warriors knocked down 8 of 9 attempts for a rate of 88.9%. Concerning grabbing boards, they compiled a total of 39 with 10 of them being on the offensive end. They also doled out 28 assists in this game while forcing the other team into 19 turnovers and earning 9 steals. Pertaining to defending, Golden State allowed the other team to shoot 52.4% from the floor on 44 of 84 shooting. Chicago recorded 33 assists and had 8 steals for the contest. Furthermore, Chicago grabbed 39 rebounds (8 offensive, 31 defensive) and added 8 blocks. Chicago finished the game shooting 72.7% at the free throw line by making 8 of 11 attempts. They also made 6 out of their 24 shots from 3-point range.
Stephen Curry is a guy who came through in this contest. He ended up finishing with 32 points on 11 of 24 shooting. He played for 30:17 mins played and pulled down 5 rebounds. Curry finished the game shooting 45.8% from the floor and also distributed 6 assists. An additional guy that came through in the game for the Warriors was Andrew Wiggins. He pulled down 3 rebounds in his 34:33 minutes on the basketball court. He went 53.3% from the floor in this game via 8-of-15 (21 points). When the time ran out, Wiggins earned 5 assists.
Golden State enters this contest with a win-loss mark of 23-24 so far this season. They cough up possession 14.7 times per contest and as a unit are committing 21.6 personal fouls on a nightly basis. As a unit, Golden State is snagging 42.6 rebounds per game and has totaled 1,295 assists so far this year, which ranks 1st in the NBA in terms of passing the rock. The Warriors are hitting 37.0% on 3-point shots (649 of 1,753) and 77.5% from the free throw line. They average 112.7 pts per contest (14th in the NBA) while hitting 46.3% from the floor. On defense, the Warriors are able to force 15.4 turnovers every game and they draw 20.4 personal fouls. They rank 10th in the league in allowing assists to their opponents with 1,127 conceded so far this season. The Warriors defense is allowing a field goal percentage of 45.3% (726 of 958) and they relinquish 48.3 rebounds per contest as a team. They are conceding 36.9% on 3-point attempts and they rank 22nd in basketball in PPG allowed (113.6).
The last time they took the court, the Toronto Raptors took a defeat with a final score of 113-103 against the Oklahoma City Thunder. The Raptors were able to snag 28 defensive rebounds and 7 offensive boards totaling 35 in the game. They also gave up possession of the ball 7 times, while getting 13 steals for this contest. The Thunder were called for 16 fouls in the game which got the Raptors to the free throw line for a total of 20 shots. They were able to bury 17 of the free throw attempts for a rate of 85.0%. Concerning shots from distance, Toronto knocked down 16 of their 46 attempts (34.8%). When the final whistle blew, the Raptors finished shooting 35 out of 90 from the floor which had them at 38.9%. The Raptors permitted the Thunder to make 39 of 86 tries from the field which gave them a rate of 45.3% for this contest. They finished 42.4% from 3-point land by hitting 14 of 33 and walked away from this one shooting 21 out of 28 from the charity stripe (75.0%). With respect to cleaning up the glass, Toronto allowed Oklahoma City to grab 64 in total (19 offensive).
Gary Trent Jr. ended up being a factor for the Raptors for the game. He converted 12 of 22 in the matchup giving him a field goal percentage of 54.5%, and had 2 rebounds. Trent recorded 31 points in his 36:00 mins on the court, but wasn't able to notch an assist. One more player that was pivotal for Toronto was OG Anunoby. He ended up finishing with 3 assists in his 36:29 minutes played, and he knocked down 7 out of 18 from the floor. Anunoby walked away from this one going 38.9% from the field while also collecting 20 points and 11 rebounds.
Toronto has a win-loss mark of 18-30 on the campaign. The Raptors commit 22.2 personal fouls every game while shooting 82.6% from the charity stripe. They are assisting teammates 24.7 times per game (15th in the league) and they are turning it over 13.3 times per game. Toronto has earned 5,373 points this season (111.9 per game) and they pull in 40.9 rebounds per game. As an offense, the Raptors are connecting on 44.5% from the floor, which is ranked 26th in the league. The Raptors on the defensive side of the court are 19th in the league in points allowed per contest with 112.5. The Toronto defense gives up 37.5% from downtown (673 of 1,793) and opponents are making 79.6% of their free throw attempts. They surrender 26.4 dimes and 46.4 boards per game, which is ranked 28th and 24th in basketball. They are forcing 16.3 TO's every game and have allowed teams to shoot 46.0% from the field (10th in the league).
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Golden State (-4.5)
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