Programming note: Warriors-Raptors coverage starts today at 4 p.m. with Warriors Pregame Live on Comcast SportsNet Bay Area and streaming live right here (territory restrictions apply)
UPDATE (3:05 p.m. on Friday) -- Andre Iguodala will not play against the Raptors on Friday night, as head coach Steve Kerr announced Friday afternoon that his 31-year-old veteran will take the night to rest.
The Warriors through 55 games this season have yet to experience a stretch in which they lost three games out of four, but that possibility looms Friday in Toronto.
Having opened a six-game road trip with two losses in the first three games, the Warriors (44-11) will attempt to re-establish their identity when they meet the Raptors on Air Canada Centre.
The question is whether they are getting the Raptors (37-20) at a time when they're reeling, having loss three straight, or at a time when the Atlantic Division leaders have recovered and are poised to take off again.
The Warriors, coming off a loss Thursday night at Cleveland, will be trying to avoid their first non-winning road trip of more than three games all season.
Raptors by 1
MATCHUPS TO WATCH:
Stephen Curry vs. Kyle Lowry. Curry will be out to atone for his relatively poor performance in the loss to the Cavaliers, but Lowry is trying to emerge from maybe the worst slump of his career. The All-Star point guard is averaging 13.4 points and 5.9 assists over the past 12 games, while shooting 36.3 percent.
Klay Thompson vs. DeMar DeRozan. Returning last month after missing six weeks, DeRozan has struggled to find his shot. Only three times in the last 18 games has he made at least 50 percent of his shots and he's shooting 39.4 percent this season. On the other hand, Thompson has topped 50 percent in only five of his last 17 games.
Andrew Bogut vs. Jonas Valanciunas. Valanciunas is young (22) and very talented but also plagued by maturity issues. Still, he's shooting 55.6 percent and leads the Raptors in Personal Efficiency Rating (PER). From that standpoint, he's having a better season that the veteran Bogut.
"I'm trash. I'm trying to figure it out now, to be honest with you." – Raptors PG Kyle Lowry, on his recent play
KEYS TO VICTORY
1-Crank up the pace. The Raptors rank 23rd in field goal percentage defense and often take their time getting back in transition.
2-Crash the glass. The Raptors are 24th in rebounding. Can they be the cure for a Warriors team that has been outrebounded in six consecutive games?
3-Bigs must avoid foul trouble. The Raptors tend to slash and drive; they don't shoot the 3 particularly well. If Bogut can stay in the game, he can throw a block party.
LAST 10: Warriors 7-3, Raptors 5-5.
Warriors: No injuries listed.
Raptors: F Patrick Patterson (sprained left knee) is listed as day to day.
Warriors C Ognjen Kuzmic and F James Michael McAdoo are on assignment with Santa Cruz of the D-League.
The Warriors have lost two of the last three meetings in Toronto, but have won 18 of the last 24 overall.