A truly mouth watering clash in the NBA on Friday as we witness what could be a preview to the NBA Finals. The Raptors who own an NBA leading record of 18-4 play host to the two-time defending champion Golden State Warriors who have won three consecutive games to regain some momentum after dropping four straight for the first time since 2013.
Kevin Durant is a big reason for the turnaround having scored 40+ in back-to-back games for the first time in his Warriors career and the 93 scored in that span is a new career high.
The Warriors overcame a 17-point half time deficit in their win over the Magic on Tuesday but are still without All Stars Draymond Green and Steph Curry with the latter to return on Sunday against the Pistons. The Raptors have a clean bill of health and are riding a six-game win streak after erasing a 17-point deficit of their own in their last fixture against the Grizzlies but have lost their last eight to the Warriors.
The Raptors have been balling but the near $4 on offer for the Dubs is too good to refuse.
The Clippers begin a four-game road stretch on the quick backup after disposing of the Suns and extending their lead atop of the Western Conference. Only Tobias Harris and Danilo Gallinari played more than 30 minutes in a game that was comfortably in hand early.
The Kings have been one of the surprise packets of the season and have already chalked up a respectable 10-10 record. They haven’t played since Monday’s blowout loss to the Jazz and are looking to snap an 11-game losing run at home against the Clippers. None of Sacramento’s starters were even in the league the last time the Kings beat the Clippers on their home floor.
The streak will continue!