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Golden State Warriors  at  Toronto Raptors
January 13, 2018 at 7:30 PM ET

Raving Raptors Host Beat-Up Warriors

By Joel Bartilotta

The Golden State Warriors travel north of the border to face the Toronto Raptors at Air Canada Center on Saturday. The Warriors (34-9) are easily the best road team in the league this year, as they carry an 11-game road winning streak into this matchup. That just adds to an impressive 18-3 road record, as they've been better on the road than they have been at home. The only real concern with this team is health, as they have one of the fullest training rooms in the NBA. The most concerning injury being Stephen Curry, as he comes into this matchup questionable with an ankle injury. That's the last thing this franchise can afford, as he's had ankle problems throughout his career. That's why Golden State will take precaution with their superstar player, as health in June is way more important than a regular season game in the middle of January. The Raptors (29-11) have been dealing with some injuries of their own, as Kyle Lowry continues to deal with nagging hip and back issues. The reason for that is because of a nasty fall he took against the Brooklyn Nets earlier in the week, as Toronto will also take precaution with their star point guard. Toronto has been one of the hottest teams in the league recently too, as they've won 18 of their last 22 games in total. That's an incredible run, as the Raptors are in position to finish top-two in the east. The offense has been the foundation for the success, as Toronto currently sit third in points scored. In addition, the Raptors are one of the only teams in the league with a top-10 offense and defense, as they also sit ninth in points allowed. As long as that continues, this team will remain one of the favorites to emerge in the east. Golden State has dominated Toronto over the last four years, winning seven-straight games over them dating back to 2014.

Posted on January 12, 2018 at 11:36 PM ET      Updated on January 12, 2018 at 11:38 PM ET

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